Dogs can get burned by sun exposure:
Just like our skin, our dogs’ skin can be damaged by too much sun, so it is important to protect them against sunburn and skin cancer. Experts say that in the summer months, in addition to the proper shade, air, and hydration, we should also be applying sunscreen to our dogs’ skin. Particularly dogs with light-colored skin and white fur should be wearing sunscreen.
If a dog is going to be outside during the peak sun exposure time of the day – which is 10 am to 4 pm – sunscreen should be applied and reapplied to sensitive areas of the body. These areas include the nose, around the lips, tips of the ears, the belly and the groin area.
For the safest and most effective protection against the sun, use sunscreen that is specifically formulated to be used on dogs. One of the problems with using sunscreens designed for human use, is that it can be toxic to dogs, who are likely to lick their skin and accidentally ingest the chemicals in the sunscreen.
Please be aware that these ingredients are toxic to dogs: zinc oxide and para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA). Sunscreen containing them should never be used on your dog. Only use veterinarian-approved sunscreen to protect your dog this summer. Just keep in mind that the very best way to protect your dog’s skin during the summer is to keep him or her indoors between 10 am and 4 pm.