Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Do Dogs Suffer From Sunburn?

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 3 ·
do dogs suffer from sunburn

Do dogs suffer from sunburn? Believe it or not, dogs can get sunburned. Depending on how often they’re exposed to the sun and their coat and skin type, dogs get sunburns just like humans do. So, let’s talk about some ways we can protect them from the sun’s harsh rays.

Which Dog Breeds Are More Likely To Get Sunburned?

Like humans, if a dog is outside for too long in the sun, it can get sunburned. But unfortunately, dogs don’t realize that the sun can harm them.

Some of them prefer to lounge in the sun and sunbathe to their heart’s content. It’s up to you to protect them from the sun without completely shielding them.

While all dog breeds can get sunburned, some are more prone to it than others.

For example, short-haired breeds can easily get sunburned, such as:

Their coat color has a lot to do with it as well. For instance, white coat colors are more prone to sunburn than darker colored coats.

How To Protect Your Dog From Getting Sunburned

If your dog gets sunburned, other health issues may arise. For example, not only does their skin get red and irritated from the sun, but other problems can occur due to sunburns.

For example, hair loss and scaly skin are two common issues resulting from sunburn.

On the other hand, skin cancer is also a significant issue. 

So, the best way to protect your dog from the sun is to put sunscreen on them. It sounds silly since they have a coat, but sunscreen is also made for dogs and is highly effective against sunburns.

It doesn’t matter if your dog has long or short hair or whether their coat is white or black. You should always put sunscreen on your dog on hot, sunny days.

If your dog enjoys being outside and loves to lay in the sun, sunscreen should be a must.

What Type Of Sunscreen Should You Purchase?

There are pet-friendly sunscreens you can buy. However, you can also get a children’s sunscreen that’s a broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s SPF 15 or higher for your pup. 

In addition, the sunscreen should be fragrance-free and not contain zinc oxide. 

As always, if you’re unsure about your dog’s skin or the type of sunscreen you should get for them, talk to your vet about it. 

Then, when you first apply the sunscreen to your pup, make sure you test it out on a small area of their body.

It is possible for dogs to have an allergic reaction to sunscreen. So, test it out a little bit first and make sure it agrees with your dog’s skin.

Do not get the sunscreen in your dog’s eyes. Also, monitor them after you apply the cream to ensure that your doggo doesn’t lick it off.

It may take several minutes for the sunscreen to get into their skin. So, you’ll want to put on the cream about ten minutes before allowing your dog to go outside. 

If the sunscreen works well with your doggo, you’ll want to apply the sunscreen on their skin if they’re outside between 10 am and 4 pm.

When reapplying sunscreen, make sure you get the following areas:

  • Nose
  • Ear tips
  • Around the lips
  • Groin area
  • Belly

If you have a kiddie pool for your pup and go swimming, reapply the sunscreen more frequently so it doesn’t wash off.

What Else Can Harm Dogs When In The Sun Too Long?

Heatstroke is another issue if your dog is exposed to the sun for too long.

If you let them outside, make sure they have sunscreen on and have cool, fresh water out.

Many dogs enjoy lying down in the sun, and when they get too hot, they can move to the shaded area and drink some water. It’s always a good idea to keep your pup hydrated no matter where they are.

Always monitor your dog outside. Make sure you know how long they’ve been outside. If you see them getting too hot, bring them back inside.

You can even leave the back door open so your dog can go in and out as they please. Then, if they begin to get too hot outside, they can decide to go back into the house independently.

However, you should never leave the house when they’re outside on their own. 

Always Protect Your Dog

So, do dogs suffer from sunburn? Sunburns are common, but your dog’s fur isn’t enough to protect them from the sun’s rays. So, make sure you get a pet-friendly sunscreen and monitor your dog at all times when they’re outside in the heat. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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