By: Mission Healthy Living
July 16, 2019
You know your skin needs protection against the sun. That’s why sunscreen is a common staple for beach trips or just going outdoors (even if you’re just mowing the lawn or pulling weeds).
But what about your dog?
After all, couldn’t short-hair breeds be affected? And what do you do if you have a hairless dog? This is especially concerning during the spring/summer/fall, when favorable temperatures could have you walking your dog daily.
The short answer is yes, dogs can get sunburn. They can also get skin cancer as a result of unprotected skin exposure, just like us.
What breeds are at risk? The American Kennel Club says, “Dogs with white or thin coats and dogs with light-pigmented noses and eyelids are also more at risk for sunburn…”
Luckily, you can apply sunscreen to dogs. Just make sure you find products made specifically for them. A few examples are My Dog Nose It Sun Protection Balm and Epi-Pet Sun Protector Spray.
Be sure you protect yourself and your canines against high sun exposure. In addition to using sunscreen, check the UV forecast daily (included in most weather apps) and follow the FDA’s recommendation to limit your exposure during peak hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).