Dogs, they’re just like us! Some dogs, like many humans, absolutely worship the sun, enjoying the warm toasty rays. However, even though these sunbathing pups have fur, they still need an extra layer of protection. Include your four-legged friends in your family’s sunscreen routine and follow these tips to block the bad rays.
Start with breed and coat: Although it’s important to apply sunscreen to any pup when they’re going to be out in the sun for long periods of time, PetMD says doggie sunscreen is ESPECIALLY important for dogs with white or light colored fur and those with thin fur. For long-haired dogs, their summer haircut shouldn’t be too short because this can expose delicate skin to the harmful UV rays. As a rule of thumb, it’s ok to give your dog a summer trim, but make sure you cannot see your pup’s skin through their new haircut.
Choose the right one: Just like with humans there are tons of different sunscreen types and options for dogs. Make sure to search for sunscreens that are designed specifically for dogs, never use any with zinc oxide and always test the sunscreen on a small area of skin as there is always a risk for reaction. Epi-Pet Sun Protectant Spray is and FDA approved sunscreen for dogs that is easy to apply, waterproof and blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Petkin Doggy Sunwipes are a super easy and convenient way to apply sunscreen to your pooch whether you’re traveling or hanging at home.
Applying sunscreen correctly: When it comes to applying sunscreen, you don’t need to lather your pooch all over. Instead look for the areas of skin that will be exposed to the sun (dogs hair doesn’t need protection just fur!). When applying sunscreen to the face be extremely cautious as to not let any get into your pets eyes. Try using a stick sunscreen like this one from Petkin, which makes it easy to get that sensitive nose while avoiding the eyes. And after you’ve applied the sunscreen make sure to watch your pup for a few minutes or give them a bone or other treat so they don’t lick it right off.