Did you know dogs need sunscreen too? Prolonged sun exposure can have the same effect on dogs as us humans, so it’s important to protect your furry friend’s skin while you are out on hot days. Keep reading to learn more about the risks of sun exposure and how sunscreen can protect your dog.

Sun Exposure Risks

Prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause skin cancers, like squamous cell carcinoma, malignant melanomas, and hemangiomas.¬†Additionally, if your dog has an autoimmune disorder or dermatitis, sun exposure can exacerbate these conditions.

Breeds Who Are Most Affected

Some dog breeds are more predisposed to sunburns than others. For example, hairless dog breeds such as the American Hairless Terrier and the Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless Dog) are the most at risk of sunburn. Dog breeds with white or short coats, and dogs with light-pigmented noses and eyelids are also at risk of sunburn and require sunscreen.

Sunscreen For Dogs

Sunscreen will undoubtedly protect your dog from developing a sunburn or other skin diseases, but make sure to get one that is specifically formulated for dogs. Sunscreen that is formulated for humans can contain zinc oxide or para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), which is toxic for dogs if ingested. Try one like the EPI-PET Sun Protector Skin Treatment Spray.

Areas To Apply Sunscreen

You should apply sunscreen anywhere on your dog’s skin that will be exposed to the sun, but especially these areas:

  • Bridge of nose
  • Tips of ears
  • Eyelids
  • Around their lips
  • Groin and inner thighs

Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before your dog goes outside, or after they have been swimming.

Written by Vincent M.

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