But with rising temperatures
and bright sunshine
comes the risk of sunburn both for you AND your beloved dog
We humans may sometimes turn a blind eye to sun exposure, but our dogs, unfortunately, don’t have a say in the matter – so as a pet owner
, it’s your responsibility to keep your doggo well protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays
As the weather heats up, here are some handy sun protection tips for your dog:
Avoid taking your dog out in the sun during the hottest part of the day. Between 10am and 4pm is usually a safe bet, but keep an eye on the UV index. When the UV index reaches 3, stay under cover.
- Remember – even on a cloudy day, you and your dog can still suffer from nasty sun damage! If the UV index is high, shade is great - but indoors is best.
- If you are planning on being outside and there isn’t a lot of shade available, say in a park or at the beach, purchase a generous-sized beach umbrella or foldable sunshade. And check the sun-protection rating of the material so that you know it will do the job.
- Consider a doggy sunscreen. Do be sure to track down a veterinary recommended product and don’t use a strong human sunscreen – your dog will potentially lick their fur at some point and ingest some of the product. Always patch test your dog beforehand, and reapply every few hours or after swimming.
- Purchase a doggy sun-shirt. There are some super cute shirts on the market that provide UVA and UVB protection, which can really help avoid sunburn through fur.
Does your dog have a new sunspot or mole on their skin? Inform your vet and keep a close eye on it. Take a picture on your smartphone just to keep track of the spot, and if you see any changes let your vet know immediately.
- If your dog is unfortunate enough to suffer from sunburn, keep them in a cool, quiet place with plenty of water. Chat with your vet who may be able to recommend a soothing ointment.
Please note that if your dog has white fur, pink skin under their fur, white tips or a pale nose, be extra mindful
. These pale puppers are far more susceptible to sunburn
than other dogs and are at a much higher risk of developing sunspots that can lead to skin cancers
With a bit of planning, care and awareness, you can be sure your dog can have a great summer without the discomfort and pain of sunburn.
Be safe and have fun!