Summer is a lot of fun, for four-legged and two-legged playmates alike! However, just as humans need to take precautions when staying out in the sun, you need to take some precautions for the safety of your doggie companion, as well. Today, we will discuss sunburn prevention!
Dogs Can’t Get Sunburned…. Can They?
Believe it or not, dogs can get sunburned just as easily as humans! Dogs with light-colored fur, dogs with thin coats, and the facial areas of all dogs are at risk for sun damage. Don’t let your pet’s floppy ears or wet nose get burned. Instead, provide your pup with lots of shade, be mindful of the time of day you decide to go out and play, and use a children’s sunscreen containing both avobenzone (also known as Parsol 1789) and octisalate for protection from UVA and UVB exposure, respectively.
You can provide shade for your pup in many different ways. A quick, go-everywhere option is using a pop-up pet playpen. This easy-to-assemble playpen can be closed up or left open, allowing you to keep your dog in one spot or allowing him the chance to roam and then return to the shade when needed. A more permanent option is to provide a dog house in the backyard. Dog houses provide heat relief in the summer, as well as a place to keep warm in the winter! Dog houses are build to withstand the elements, making them a better long-term option that can be left in the backyard all year round.
If you decide to go the au naturel route to shade and use the shadows from trees, you could help your pup out by providing an elevated place to rest. The Portable Pup Pet Bed is portable, as the name states, but it also offers other benefits. Keeping your dog off the ground allows air to circulate more freely around your dog’s entire body, allowing your dog to cool off faster. Using the portable dog bed also makes your dog a little less accessible to the fleas and ticks that inhabit shaded grasses.
If you go the sunscreen route, avoid any products containing zince oxide, as hemolytic anemia could occur upon accidental ingestion.
How do you keep your dog from getting sunburned?