How to Protect Dogs from Sunburn and Skin Cancer


May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and guess what? It doesn’t just apply to humans.

In honor of today being the EPA’s Don’t Fry Day (get it?), we’re posting these tips to help keep your pooch protected from the sun’s harmful rays from

The Key Spots to Protect

Obviously, a hairless breed or a dog that’s been shaved runs a greater risk of being burned and ultimately developing sun-induced tumors. But even hairy dogs who like to doze on their backs in the sun risk burning and tumors on the vulnerable stretch of exposed skin between the hind legs – it’s called the inguinal area, and on most breeds, it’s unprotected by hair.

Be Shady

Be sure to provide ample shade for dogs, especially at mid-day, and don’t let hardcore sunbathing hounds overbake themselves out there.

I Don’t Zinc So…

Never apply zinc oxide to any part ofyour dog; it’s toxic if licked off. Instead, use any natural sunscreen for kids with an SPF of 15 or higher.

Beware: Many popular brands of sunscreen contain harmful chemicals that cause endocrine disruption, skin irritation, and biochemical or cellular level changes.

Sniff Out Danger

A dog’s nose and snout are prone to sun-induced tumors, especially the schnozzes of pale-nosed dogs and those with pink or pink-spotted snouts.  Make sure your dog’s nose is protected!

Read their complete advice here.


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