Do dogs need sunscreen?

Should you put sunscreen on your pooch?

Humans slather on plenty of sunscreen to protect themselves from the sun's harmful UV rays, but what about pets? Four-legged friends spend just as much – if not more – time outdoors so it only makes sense to take care of their skin as well. The primary difference between humans and dogs is that pooches have a layer of protection – their fur. 

Signs your pooch needs SPF
According to Cesar's Way, because of this advantage, dogs only need sunscreen in certain cases. If your pooch demonstrates one of the following symptoms, you should apply SPF to him before going outside:

  • Losing fur,
  • Spending copious amounts of time in the sun,
  • Enjoys basking in the sunshine more than other dogs.

Can you use any sunscreen?
Not all sunscreens are created equal. You can't lather yourself and then your pooch with the same product. Dogster suggested these pointers for picking out sunscreen for a dog.

  • Avoid zinc oxide because it's toxic to dogs.
  • Find sunscreen made for human babies.
  • Seek out all natural products intended specifically for pooches.
  • Use dog clothes to cover sensitive areas.
  • Consult your veterinarian.

It's tempting to shave your pooch's fur during the hotter months of the year, especially to prevent fleas, however try to refrain. Keep his fur on the longer side and instead stay on top of Hartz® flea and tick treatments to avoid parasites. 


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