Whether it’s a day at the beach or just a quick stroll into town, we are all aware of the dangers of sun exposure, but what about the risks to our pets? They like humans are just as likely to burn in the sun so it’s important to be aware and take the necessary precautions when out and about in the summer. We all know to make sure our pets have plenty of ventilation and hydration in the Summer but it’s just as important to protect their skin with a lotion.
Dogs are just as likely as humans to suffer from sunburn. A sunburned dog can suffer from red skin and inflammation which will irritate and become painful. In worst cases sunburn in dogs can even lead to hair loss, so be prepared and avoid any unnecessary damage.
Can I use Sunscreen on my Dog?
Just like humans, sunburn in dogs can lead to certain types of skin cancer, so the simple answer is, yes! If you’re going to be leaving the house with your dog during summer and there’s a good chance of sun exposure then yes, apply sunscreen. Take particular care to cover the sensitive areas such as the nose, lips, ears and belly. This is especially important if you have a short-haired breed with white hair, as they are more susceptible to sunburn than dogs with thicker, darker coats.
What kind of sunscreen can I use on my dog?
There are sunscreens available that are designed specifically for canine use. However, if you don’t have access to one then a sunscreen designed for babies and children with a high SPF can be used as an alternative. Do be wary in this instance though as there are certain ingredients in creams that are toxic to dogs. Choose a fragrance-free, baby sunscreen that doesn’t contain zinc oxide, as dogs lick their skin and may accidentally ingest the cream.
Always make sure the cream you are using DOES NOT contain Zinc Oxide or Para-aminobenzoic (PABA) as these are toxic to dogs. If you are unsure, it is always best to ask a veterinarian before applying any creams to your dog.
How do I best Apply Sun cream to my Dog?
The main areas to be careful when applying creams are the eyes and face. Just be cautious not to get any product near the eye area and once applied make sure the cream has had time to soak into the skin before you allow your pup to lick; monitor them until the cream has dried.
What Else can I do to Protect my Dog in the Summer?
We all like to be outside in the summer and it is the same for our dogs. It’s really important to provide them with access to shelter from the Sun’s rays and plenty of fresh water. Pets, like humans, are susceptible to heat stroke, so making sure they stay as cool as possible and hydrated will ensure they remain comfortable and healthy in the hotter months.
As well as applying sun cream, you could try one or two of our warm weather accessories. The Swamp Cooler Cooling Vest and Cooling Mat are both designed specifically for hot weather. There is also the option of a Ruff & Tumble drying coat which, when not being used to dry your dog down, can be soaked in cold water to help cool down your pet in hot weather.
So make the most of the Summer months; apply sunscreen, ensure your pup drinks plenty of water and enjoy your day trips and holidays in health. We’d love to hear what sunscreens and lotions you use on your four-legged friends. Send us a message to our e-mail or on social media. If you send us a picture along with your comment we might just feature you on Facebook or Instagram! Equally, if you have any questions; about something covered here or something more general, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are always happy to help in any way we can.