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Does Your Dog Need Sunscreen?

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Does Your Dog Need Sunscreen?

Summer is a great time of the year; It's warm, sunny, and great for fun, outdoor adventures. With the summer comes the sun and its UV rays, unfortunately. Just like humans, dogs can be adversely affected by the sun's damaging rays. Dogs can benefit from sunscreen just like their owners!

Although it may be hard to believe, despite their thick coats, dogs can get sunburned too. Dogs with white or lighter fur, short coat or long are especially prone to sunburns. Sunscreen is important to use on the parts of the body that don't have as much hair as others, like the nose, ears, belly, and any exposed shaved patches. There are existing sunscreens made for dogs that you can rub onto these areas. If you don't have any dog specific made sunscreen, SPF 15 unscented baby sunscreen will do but make sure to look at the ingredients. Things like zinc oxide can be toxic for a dog, so make sure if you're using a sunscreen made for humans, that you're using one with ingredients that won't harm your dog. 

If your dog won't tolerate sunscreen, use accessories to help cover exposed parts. Hats, jackets, or even goggle for their eyes will help keep the sun off your dog's skin. 

It is important to note that sunscreen alone will not prevent your dog from getting sunburnt, or even heatstroke if out in the sun. Make sure your dog has access to plenty of water and shade and look out for any signs of either, like itching a particular spot as it gets sun burnt, or excessive panting which is a beginning sign of heat stroke. 

 Keep your dog safe and happy this summer by protecting their skin!

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