This might come as a surprise but, yes, dogs actually need sun cream too! Just like humans, our fur babies can get sunburnt, especially in areas where their fur is thinner or on the nose, ears, the tip of their tail, or on their bellies…
While fur helps, it doesn’t protect from UV, so even if your dog is particularly fluffy, you still need to think about protecting them. Like us, sunburn can cause them pain, discomfort, blistering, peeling, and in some cases, skin cancer.
Certain breeds are more susceptible too, especially those with white coats, pink skin, or those where the skin is more exposed.
All you have to do is acquire some pet-friendly sunblock, which you can buy online or from pet shops. And no, you can’t use the human version of sunblock because it could contain certain ingredients, like zinc oxide, which is toxic to dogs.
It’s also important to try your best to prevent your dog from licking it off and if you’re struggling with that, you can also buy sunscreen wipes! Dr. Karlien Heyrman, Head of Pets at Pets at Home explained: ‘To help keep pets safe in the sun, it’s important to provide shaded areas and cooling products’.
‘Just as the sun can be damaging to our skin, it also poses a risk for the health of our pets too, especially on their noses and exposed areas, and if they have light coloured, very short or fine fur.’, she added. Limiting your dog’s sunlight exposure is also a great way to avoid sunburn.
Other than that, Dr. Karlien recommends walking your dogs in the cooler mornings and evenings, and to make sure they have access to shade, and don’t let them sunbathe for long periods. And of course, always make sure they have access to freshwater.