Does Your Pet Need Sunscreen?

The ultraviolet rays of the sun can be harmful, especially to pets with lighter skin.

We are often hearing about the harmful effects of the sun on people, as well as the risk of long-term skin disease, including skin cancer. However, excessive exposure of the sun can have equally harmful consequences on the skin health of pets as well. Pets with lighter colored skin and those areas of the body that are thinly haired seem more likely affected by prolonged sun exposure.

In particular, it is the ultraviolet rays of the sun that cause the most damage. It is for these reasons that I strongly recommend using some sort of sun-screen products, especially on thinly-haired areas like the ears and muzzle before exposing pets to prolonged sunlight.   While human sunscreen products may often be effective, I have also used topical healing agents such as vitamin E or aloe vera gel both to treat and prevent the long term effects of sun exposure. With judicious use of these products, pets may indeed enjoy hours of fun and frolic playing in the sun.

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  1. what exactly can i use for sun burns or to prevent them my dog is always getting burnt even if he is barley outside?

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    You can try coppertone sunscreen 30 protection.

  3. Are all types of sunscreens safe or do you only recommend the coppertone?

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