You might be clued up on your own skincare, but how about your dogs? Just because they have fur doesn't mean they're immune to the damaging effects the sun has on their skin. You might not realise it, but you need to protect your dog's delicate skin as much as you do your own - particularly when the weather is good.
Simply put, dogs do indeed need SPF, particularly on areas with no coverage like their noses, tips of the ears, bellies and paw pads. Furless pups are most at risk of being burned, along with white-furred dogs and those with shorter fur.
So how do you keep your dog safe?
Simple! Dog SPF is readily available to purchase online and in pet stores around the country, so it's easy to pick some up on your next visit.
It is vital you use dog-friendly SPF as they are likely to lick themselves and some SPF's can be toxic. Look for ones that are fragrance-free and that don't contain zinc oxide.
Apply the SPF on a small area first to ensure they don't have a reaction to it. You must try to prevent them from licking the SPF too, so keep an eye on them.
It's also important to provide plenty of water for your dog in hot conditions, as well as a shady place for them to rest. If travelling with your dog in a car, remember to keep a window open or the air-con on to keep them nice and cool.
It might also be worth investing in a dog t-shirt for hairless breeds that are more prone to burning in the sun. Choose something light and breezy that won't make them over-heat.
What should you do if your dog does get sunburn?
Just like us, a dog's skin can become red, inflamed, itchy and sore after being burnt. Don't allow your dog to scratch the affected area. Cool compresses will help to alleviate some of the symptoms, and a cooling ointment can be applied to moisturise the area. Again, it is important you use only non-toxic products on your pet, so make sure you do your research!
ExmaRid Ointment is a great antibacterial cream for dry, damaged or broken skin. We recommend only applying to a small area of healthy first to ensure they're ok with it - just like us, dogs can have skin sensitivities.