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Dog Facts

Can dog get sunburn?

Just like humans, dogs can get burns from the sun. Some are more susceptible to getting burned by the sun, while others have better natural protection.

Pups with thin hair, and hairless breeds are at higher risk but all dogs have vulnerable areas of the body – usually the belly, the ears and dog’s nose.

During the summer, it is best to keep your dog away from the sun, but if the dog spends time outside you may check for signs of sunburn. Just like people, dogs also get red skin. Look for dry, cracked skin and curling at the edges of his ears. Other signs are constant scratching in tender places. If sunburn is severe, your dog may even get a slight fever.

If your dog becomes sunburned, the best is to consult your veterinarian. The extent of the sunburn will define what treatment is necessary.

Prevention is better than treatment, so if direct sunlight is unavoidable, you can try applying sunscreen to vulnerable areas on your dog. Try to prevent your dog from licking off the sunscreen.