Sun Screen For Pups!
By: City Pup Life
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Sunscreen for dogs? Really? Yep! We get this question all the time. While not every pup needs sunscreen while they're out, many dogs with short or thin hair, or exposed skin from an injury or condition, can severely burn in the sun.
Many people grab their own sunscreen thinking it will be safe, but zinc oxide and PABA are toxic to dogs, so you shouldn't use most human sunscreen on your pup. There are many products designed specifically for you pup.
Here are a few popular products, but as always do your research and find the best product for your situation! And remember, just like with our own sunscreen, these will need to be reapplied regularly if you're out all day.
Emmy's Best Dog Sun Skin Protector Spray
Emmy's Best sunscreen comes in a convenient pup spray bottle. We like the pump spray since it gives you a bit more control over the application and doesn't mist it as much as a spray bottle can. This makes it easier to apply near the face and ears. It's backed by their 100% guarantee, so if it doesn't work for you they'll refund your purchase.
Epi-Pet Sun Protector Spray for Pets
Epi-Pet Sun Protector was developed by a veterinarian and is one of the few pet products that is FDA compliant. It's non-toxic formula is waterproof and designed not to be greasy. While it doesn't have an official SPF rating (like all pet products), its ingredients rate to a 30 to 40 SPF equivalent.
Petkin Doggy Sunstick
Petkin's sunscreen stick is easy to use--simply rub it on where you need it. Some people we have talked with find a stick application more effective than spray, and we think this is because you're more likely to naturally get a bit more product on their skin when you're physically rubbing it on. It's super convenient for travel too!
My Dog Nose It Moisturizing Sun Protection Balm
My Dog Nose It sunscreen is designed specifically for, you guessed it, noses! If your dog's nose is a lighter color, it will be more susceptible to sunburn. This will help protect their noses and moisturize them too.