True or False… Dogs should wear sunscreen, too.
The ANSWER? It’s true!
Just like humans, dogs are at risk of sunburns.
Dogs are even at risk of getting skin cancer!
And sunburns can exacerbate pre-existing health conditions like
autoimmune disorders and dermatitis, making them worse.
So when we head outdoors to enjoy the summer sunshine with our
dogs, we need to be aware—they need sun protection, too!
How Do I Know If My Dog Needs Sunscreen?
Any dog with exposed skin would benefit from the protection of
Dogs who are most at risk are those with less hair, light skin,
and/or white hair.� These include breeds like Chinese Crested and
the American Hairless Terrier. As well as Collies, Australian Sheep
Dogs, Whippets, Bull Terriers, Dalmatians, French Bulldogs, Boxers,
and Greyhounds to name a few.
Again, though, any dog with exposed skin is at risk.
Sunscreen should be applied to the bridge of the nose, skin
around the lips, tips of the ears, groin and inner thighs.
Again, these are areas with limited protection from hair that
are more exposed to the sun.
How Do I Apply Sunscreen To My Dog?
Common sense goes a long way when applying sunscreen to your
â€¢ Obviously apply the sunscreen to areas with exposed
â€¢ Worry less about applying it to areas where your
dogâ€™s skin sees limited sun (like the pads of feet or areas where
hair is very thick).
Follow the directions provided on the label.
Then, to start, apply a test patch to a small area of your
dogâ€™s body, to make sure your dog doesnâ€™t have a reaction. Let
the cream sit on the skin long enough to soak in, and watch your
dog for any reaction (itching, burning, redness, etc.).
Rinse the sunscreen off immediately if there are issues.
After that, be sure to apply the sunscreen approximately 20
minutes before heading outdoors. And then be sure to reapply it
regularly (every 4 hours) and/or after swimming.
How Do I Choose A Sunscreen For My Dog?
Sunscreen is vet recommended for dogs, however, itâ€™s important
you choose a brand that has been specially formulated for DOGS.
Your dog may be tempted to lick off the sunscreenâ€¦
â€¦ So you want to be certain youâ€™re not exposing him to toxic
Dog-friendly brands of sunscreen should be:
â€¢ Offer SPF protection
â€¢ Contain NO PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid)
â€¢ Contain NO zinc oxide
Some popular brands you might consider include:
Epi-Pet Sun Protector Spray For Pets
Emmyâ€™s Best Dog Sun Skin Protector Spray
Petkin Doggy Sunmist (SPF 15)
Handy Hound SnoutScreen (SPF 30)
Other Options For Sun Protection
Some dog owners choose to avoid sunscreen entirely, opting for
other forms of sun protection like bodysuits, sun hats, and sun
PlayaPup Dog Sun Protective Shirts
(Comes in a variety of colours, patterns & styles!)
QUMY Dog Goggles â€“ Waterproof Pet Sunglasses
What If My Dog Accidentally Gets A Sunburn?
Remember that sunscreen isnâ€™t guaranteed to protect your dog
Use common sense, take advantage of shade, and limit overall sun
exposure on particularly hot days.
If your dog does get a minor sunburn, keep him out of the sun
and apply cool compresses. Aloe vera gel can be applied to help
soothe and heal your dogâ€™s sunburn, too.
Check out Organic Aloe Vera Gel by Seven Minerals
(Best-seller on Amazon.com, from Fresh Cut Aloe Plant!)
If you suspect your dog may have a more severe sunburn, contact
your vet right away. Severe burns may require cortisone
Again â€“ keep your dog indoors or in the shade during the most
intense hours of sun.
Source: FS – TheDogTrainingSecret
True Or False: Dogs Should Wear Sunscreen, Too