How to Keep Dogs Safe in the Summer Sun

As humans, we all probably know that safety in the sun is incredibly important. Especially in the summer months, it is crucial to wear sunscreen and protect your skin from the rays of the sun. But did you know that it is also important to keep your furry friend safe in the summer from the sunshine? Dogs that have pink ears or nose or even patches of white hair can be at risk of sun damage or even a sun burn.  It’s important to know a few key tips to keep your dog safe this summer—and beyond.

First, it is important to know the signs of sun damage in dogs. Much like people, dogs can develop solar dermatitis and have major consequences like cancer. If your dog spends extensive time in the sun, you should ask your veterinarian to check them for cancerous or pre-cancerous growths. Bring anything suspicious to the vet’s attention during the visit.

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The key to most dogs being safe in the sun is their coat of fur. While it might be tempting to shave a dog’s hair to keep him or her cool in the summer, their bodies naturally cool them using their fur. Fur also protects them from the sun’s rays. Some dogs are more sensitive to the sun that others; dogs that are sensitive include breeds such as:

Dalmations

Whippets

Boxers

Bulldogs

American pit bull terriers

Staffordshire bull terriers

So, it is best to not expose your dog to sunny rays of the sun on a regular basis but also to know the signs of sunburn in a dog. Dogs will have red, tender skin and may start to lick the inflamed skin. So all summer long, be sure to take care to keep your  pooch in the shade with plenty of water!

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