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Sunscreen for the dog: does that have to be?


It may sound strange, but even a dog can get sunburned. Sunscreen is therefore an important protection for the four-legged friend in the summer when staying outdoors for a long time. Dogs with short or light fur are particularly at risk. Caution sunburn! White dog on the beach - Shutterstock / Vibrant Image Studio

In principle, a dog is just as susceptible to sunburn as a person. For this reason, you should not only apply sunscreen before romping with your dog on the beach or taking trips to other very sunny places. However, there are a few things to consider before you rub your four-legged friend with sunscreen.

A dog also needs sun protection

Four-legged friends with long, thick fur or a dark skin tone are naturally better protected from sunburn than short-furred dogs or conspecifics with very light fur. Nevertheless, it can make sense to put some sunscreen on your muzzle, ears and belly before going on a beach vacation or taking a long walk in the sun. Because even long-haired mustaches have little fur and sensitive skin there. However, make sure that no cream gets into the eyes, nose, or ears.

Light-skinned dogs or four-legged friends with short fur may need a little more sunscreen - even on the rest of the body. It is best to discuss this with your veterinarian. In addition, it is advisable to always offer your animal best friend the opportunity to retire to a cool and shady spot. A too long stay in the blazing sun can also lead to a sunstroke.

Shot: Animal sun worshipers relax in the sun

Animal-friendly sunscreen for sunburn

It is best to drive with a sunscreen that is specially made for dogs. If you want to use your own sunscreen, you have to make sure that it meets certain criteria. In particular, a dog likes to slurp the freshly applied cream off the muzzle, so that the product must not contain any substances that are toxic to dogs. Choose a sunscreen without silicones or so-called para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA). In addition, the cream should be free of fragrances and dyes and should contain no preservatives if possible.

We also recommend a sunscreen that absorbs quickly, is waterproof and has a sun protection factor of at least 20. It should also protect against both UVA and UVB radiation. In the pharmacy or in the dog shop you will certainly get the right products. Otherwise, the sunscreen for babies from the drugstore is usually also suitable for your dog.