Sunburn Prevention for Dogs

July 25, 2012

Just like humans, dogs can get sunburn too (even though they have fur), and get skin damage and skin cancer from the sun as well. Dogs with white or light colored coats, dogs with short fur or no fur, and dogs that are outside during the hottest and brightest part of the day are at risk for sun burn and skin damage. To prevent your dog from being sunburnt you can follow these four tips:

  1. Keep your dog inside in a cool room if possible, but if left outside, be sure your furry friend is in the shade during the hot day time.
  2. Use sunscreen on your dog’s nose, ends of the ears, around the mouth, eyelids, belly, groin, and inside the legs. BE SURE TO USE A PET SUNSCREEN.
  3. Consider purchasing a UV protectant suit for your pup.
  4. If you have your dog groomed in the summer, consider leaving his coat a bit longer to cover more of its skin.

Now that your furry friend is ready for the sun, don’t forget yourself, always remember to use sunscreen and reapply every 2 hours.

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