I remember how I thought about the sun 20 years ago. We’d go out and bask in it for hours on end… just soaking up the rays. Sometimes we’d rub oil on ourselves first to ensure a serious browning. Suncreen for dogs wasn’t even on the horizon. But now that great solar beauty cooks me to a crisp quicker than you can say ALOE VERA! And don’t let the fur fool you. Some dogs are just as sensitive to the sun as we are. Today we’re talking Canine Sun Safety.
1. Apply sunscreen when needed
When is it needed? Got a dog with a light coloured coat, light skin or a thin coat? Sunscreen your critter. Staffies, Bull Terriers, GSPs and Pit Bulls, for example, are notorious for sun sensitivity. Dogs with a light coloured skin or noses are similarly vulnerable. Watch those white ear tips too! Out for a quick walk at 4? Not a big worry. But if you’ll be exposed for a few hours between 10 – 2 it’s a good idea to play it safe. Dogs can develop uncomfortable burns and skin cancers just like us.
Newsflash: Dogs have tongues. (You’ve probably noticed that.) And they like to lick EVERYTHING. So there are 2 priorities here in choosing a sunscreen. You want to protect the skin with a high UV protection and you want to protect your dog from ingesting large amounts of toxins. Don’t use your own sunscreen on your dog as it’s not intended as a safe food! Here are 2 safe options:
2. Cover Up Your Pup
If your dog is very sun sensitive try using a Rashie as a cover up when you are in high UV circumstances. TYou can cover your dog’s back and underside with the rashie and then supplement with cream in the areas left exposed. Can definitely save you some time.
3. Protect Your Dog’s Eyes from UV Damage and Airborn Debris
UV rays impact your dog’s eyes. Mostly dogs don’t complain. But often dogs who get the opportunity to wear Dog Sunglasses associate wearing them with greater comfort in the sun – and they are happy to have them put on. Surprised?
If your dog has a chronic eye condition such as an eye ulcer, pannus, or persistent conjunctivitis, avoiding direct sunlight though the use of Doggles is highly recommended.
4. Protect and Repair Paws from Sand & Heat Burn
We’ve all hopped ungracefully across too hot surfaces before. Your dogs aren’t immune to that painful burning sand either, although usually they handle it with less drama and more dignity. : ) Use Mushers Secret Wax to keep paws protected on hot surfaces like beach sand and bitumen. Originally developed for dog sled teams in northern Canada, Mushers Secret Wax is a magical product. You rub it onto your dog’s pads and it absorbs rapidly into the skin and creates a barrier to protect them. Dry, cracked pads become soft again.
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