ASK A VET: Can my dog get sunburned?

Can my dog get sunburned? How can I protect his skin from UV rays? Summer is here! The sun is shining, temperatures are rising and just like humans, dogs can easily be sunburned and can even develo…



Can my dog get sunburned? How can I protect his skin from UV rays?


Summer is here! The sun is shining, temperatures are rising and just like humans, dogs can easily be sunburned and can even develop skin cancer if exposed to UV rays without protection. Pet owners should follow the same advice for their pets as they do for themselves: shade and sunscreen!


Your pet’s fur is a natural barrier that protects their skin from harmful UV rays, so you don’t need to shave them down to the skin (which can actually do more harm than good). However, it’s still a good idea to put sunscreen on your pooch, especially if they have light fur and on vulnerable areas like noses, underbellies or spots of exposed skin where fur is missing. Most sensitive-skin sunscreens made for humans are perfectly safe for dogs but avoid Zinc Oxide as Zinc can be dangerous if consumed. There are also specially formulated sun blocks made just for dogs – we recommend Epi-Pet Sun Protector Skin Treatment Spray for all-over protection and Petkin SPF 15 Doggy Sun Stick for those spots that need extra protection.