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With summer in full swing, there’s no escaping the heat. You apply sunscreen during your time outside to protect against the hot summer sun, but what about your dog? Dogs are just as susceptible to harmful UV rays as humans. One way to protect your furry friend this summer is by applying sunscreen. Here are four reasons why you should consider using sunscreen on your dog.

Your Dog Has Short Hair

Whether your dog has naturally short hair or is sporting the summer shave, pay attention to how much time your pup spends in the sun. Keep your furry friend inside during the hottest part of the day to avoid heatstroke and/or sunburn. If your pup insists on going outdoors, apply sunblock to her most exposed parts (tummy), and try to keep her in the shade as much as possible.

Your Pup Loves the Outdoors

Adventuring is fun, but all day exposure in the sun comes with consequences. In fact, only 15 minutes outdoors can result in a severe sunburn, especially if your pup is laying on her back. Before you head out for your day at the beach, spray your dog with canine-specific sunblock. However, make sure to avoid Zinc Oxide, a common ingredient in sunscreen, because it’s toxic to dogs.

Your Dog Has Light Colored Fur And/Or a Light Colored Nose

Similar to humans that have fair skin, dogs that are light colored burn more easily, if outdoors for an extended period of time. One way to combat this problem before it arises is by applying sunscreen to your pet. Whether it’s in the form of a cream, stick, wipe or spray, protect your pup this summer.

Your Dog Is Losing Hair or Is Bald

If your pup has recently had surgery or is undergoing chemotherapy, apply sunscreen to her bald, vulnerable spots before sending her out to play in the summer sun. You should also dress your dog in a t-shirt in order to offer additional protection from the sun’s rays. It’s important to take the right safety precautions in order to protect your dog from sun damage.

At Oceanside Veterinary Clinic, we care about the safety of your pets. We advise you to apply canine-specific sunblock to your pup in order to have a safe and happy summer. Remember to keep your furry friend indoors during the mid-day sun, and stay in the shade as much as possible when outdoors. Have more questions? Give us a call at (843) 795-7574.

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