Protecting your pup’s skin and preventing them from getting sunburned is one of the most important steps any dog parent should be taking during the summer season or any time you plan on taking your dog out for some fun in the sun.
Why is that? Well every time your dog gets a sunburn, it actually increases their chance of developing skin cancer.
Just like humans, sunscreen is the best way to protect your dogs from preventable skin cancers and is recommended if they are going to be out in the sun for more than 30 minutes.
With so many doggie sunscreens out there today, how do you know which one to pick out?
Here is a quick guide to help you choose the right sunscreen for your pup and show off what a kickass dog parent you really are:
NO ZINC OXIDE: It is crucial to make sure the sunscreen you choose does not have zinc oxide as an ingredient.
Zinc is HIGHLY toxic to dogs. If ingested, by licking it off for example, your dog could develop Hemolytic Anemia, an autoimmune system disease in which the body attacks and destroys its own blood cells.
If your dog ingests Zinc, you need to take them to the vet immediately!
PET FRIENDLY: Look at the labels of the products and make sure that it is, in fact, pet friendly.
Never use human-grade sunscreen on your pets as many ingredients may be harmful to your pup’s skin and/or cause an allergic reaction.
Some pet-friendly sunscreens on the market today worth checking out are Hot Dog from Happy Pet Brand and Canine Sunscreen from Beach Dog & Co. (links below)
NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Safe sunscreens for dogs will have natural sunblocking ingredients like raspberry seed essential oil, carrot seed essential oil, coconut oil, shea nut butter, or kukui nut oil.
Doggie sunscreen comes in a variety of forms, from sprays, creams, balms, and wipes so there’s plenty of options to see which one works best for your pup.
Don’t forget to reapply your pup’s sunscreen if he or she goes for a swim or just splashing around with the water hose as many of these sunscreens come off easily with water.
So the next time you plan a day at the beach or out to catch some Vitamin D, don’t forget to pack some sunscreen for you and your pup.
Happy Pet Brand https://happypetbrand.com
Beach Dog & Co. https://beachanddog.com/collections/canine-sunscreen