As a rather fair-skinned individual, I've learned from a very early age: Sunscreen is my friend. Sunscreen protects me from painful, burning skin that eventually peels. More importantly, it saves me from skin cancer.
What about our dogs? They have a nice layer of fur that protects their skin. Right? Right?!
Well, come to find out they do but they don't. Fur protects their skin for the most part. But they can get sunburned, especially on those sensitive fur-free areas such as their pinkish noses. That's something I never even thought about!
For the most part, your dog may not need sunscreen – not like us. Dogs that love to bathe in the sun, hairless pooches, or dogs that will be spending a whole day in the sun are the ones that will need it. You don't have to slather it all over their bodies – Just focus on the areas not protected by their fur.
They can't just share our sunscreen, however. Choose one that is safe for dogs – without zinc oxide in it. Zinc oxide is common in sunscreens, so check those labels. Also, some dogs may have a negative reaction to sunscreens, so you might have to do other things to keep them safe: Provide shade, give them lightweight clothing with UV protection or just avoid long exposure to the sun.
If you have other suggestions or recommendations for sunscreens, share them in the comments. And let's have fun in the sun!
Barking In Your Sleep?Is your neighbor's dog keeping you up all night from their incessant barking? Or maybe it's your dog that likes to bark at night. Read these tips to help you and your pet get a better night's sleep!
Anxious OliviaDue to the severity of Olivia’s anxiety and fear, the volunteers were desperate to try anything that could help her…
Should you spay and neuter? The answer is always YES!February is National Spay and Neuter Your Pet Month, which focuses on bringing awareness to the community about how important it is to spay and neuter your pets.
Bark HeartsShow your pet some love with these cute conversation heart cookie treats, your pet will be sure to love you back!
New Year – New DogIt's a new year, and the start of a new decade. Maybe you want to remodel your kitchen, or start that novel you’ve always wanted to write, or maybe you’d like to welcome a new furry companion into your life. These are all great ideas, but with new pets comes great responsibility.