Can Dogs be Sunburned?

It’s important that humans protect themselves from the harmful UV rays of the sun, but it’s equally important that dogs are just as protected!

If you notice a loss of hair on your dog, sunscreen becomes important! A dog is naturally protected by fur, so the skin underneath is not used to excess sun exposure. Be sure to watch out for this on dogs that will be out in the sun a lot.

Another reason to use sunscreen is if your dog is going to be outside for long periods of time. Though most parts of the dog is covered in fur, there are plenty of skin that is still visible and can become a victim to the sun.

It’s also important to use sunscreen if your dog loves sunbathing. Some dogs prefer the shade, but lots love to soak up the sun. This means that, naturally, they will be exposed to UV rays more often and for long periods of time.

There are many ways to protect your dog from these harmful rays.

If you’re dog is a long haired dog, avoiding shaving them too short in the summer months.

It’s important to get a sunscreen that is dog-safe and works properly. If dog sunscreen is hard to find, look for baby -safe or sensitive skin safe sunscreen. In order to avoid allergic reactions, test the sunscreen on a small exposed area and┬ákeep on eye on any changes.

Find the areas that are exposed (for many dogs, the stomach and leg areas) and only apply there. This makes your job easier, since dog hair does not have to be protected.

Using sun protective clothing can be a huge help in avoiding harmful UV rays. Be careful that the clothing is not too heavy or dark in color, so to avoid overheating.

Providing shade for your dog is a huge help in avoiding sunburns and several other issues that come with being exposed to the sun and heat for long periods of time.

Sunburns can be very painful for humans, and it is no different for dogs. No one wants their dogs to suffer and for this reason being aware and attentive to your dog will certainly avoid any issues.

 

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