How to Choose Sunscreen for Your Dog

Do you know how to pick out sunscreen for your pups?

Just like humans need to protect their skin from the sun’s UV rays, dogs need to have their skin protected too.

Every time your dog gets a sunburn, it increases their chance of developing skin cancer.

Sunscreen is the best way to protect your dogs from preventable skin cancers and is needed if they are going to be out in the sun for more than 30 minutes.

With so many doggie sunscreens out there today, it can get tricky to pick out the right one for your dog.

Here are three tips to help dog parents pick out the right sunscreen for their furkids:

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 they 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.

Some pet-friendly sunscreens on the market today are Hot Dog from Happy Pet Brand and Canine Sunscreen from Beach Dog & Co.

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.

Don’t forget to reapply if your dog 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 just some fun in the sun, don’t forget to pack some sunscreen for your pup and keep those harmful UV Rays at bay.

Brands Mentioned:

Happy Pet Brand

Beach Dog & Co.

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