How to Protect Your Dog from the Sun

Did you know that dogs can suffer from sunburn just like we can? The trick is keeping your dog protected to avoid painful burns or blisters. Here, your Poway, CA veterinarian tells you how to do just that.

Sunscreen

If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors in the sun, consider purchasing a canine-formulated sunscreen from your local pet supply store or vet’s office. It works just like human sunscreen, but it’s made for dogs’ sensitive skin. These products are especially helpful on areas not covered by fur, like the nose tip or ear edges.

Shade

When your dog is outdoors, make sure he has a shady spot to cool off under. Place a large dish of cool, fresh water in this area so that your canine companion can stay well-hydrated.

Asphalt Awareness

When the sun burns down on asphalt all day, the surface can heat up dramatically. If a dog lingers on these surfaces for too long, the paw pads can be burnt. Try to have your dog avoid blacktop parking lots or driveways when it’s extremely hot outside.

Does your dog need veterinary attention? We’re here to help! Make an appointment at your Vets Poway, CA.