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Do Dogs Need Sunscreen?

suppy sunscreen blogPutting sunscreen on your dog may seem a little silly, but the fact is that the sun’s rays are harmful for canines too. A dog’s fur provides a natural shield from the sun, but extra protection is sometimes necessary. If one of the following situations applies to your canine companion, consider applying some sunscreen.

  • Your dog is experiencing hair loss: If your dog is suffering from allergies, undergoing chemotherapy, or experiencing hormonal issues, hair loss may be leaving some parts of his skin unprotected from those dangerous rays.
  • Your dog loves to sunbathe: Just like people, some dogs love to bask in the sunlight more than others. If your pup seems drawn to lounging in the sunshine, you might want to apply some sunscreen. The top of the snout and the back of the legs are problem areas for many canines.
  • Your dog is spending great deal of time outdoors: A short walk around the neighborhood is probably not going to expose your dog to too much sun, but an afternoon at the beach or a camping trip might. It’s good to be cautious and apply some sunscreen if your dog is going to be spending a significant amount of time outdoors.

How to choose the right sunscreen for your dog:

Opt for a sunscreen that is specifically designed for canines. If you must use a human sunscreen, choose one for sensitive skin or babies. If you need suggestions, consult with your dog’s veterinarian. Avoid any products with zinc oxide because this ingredient can be toxic if ingested.

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  • Stacy June 17, 2015, 9:55 am

    Another point to remember is if you have a white dog with pink around eyes and nose. I use doggles over my dogs eyes (no dark pigment around her eyes) and sunscreen on her nose. No sun burned nose!

  • CHRISTINA RUTLAND June 17, 2015, 9:04 pm

    Epi-Pet makes the only sunscreen that is FDA approved for dogs; However I heard that Banana Boat makes one sunscreen that is very similar to the Epi-Pet.

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