Hi, I’d like to get information about about sun burn in dogs? Can you share some insight?
Dogs that have sparse, light-colored coats are at the highest risk for sunburn and sun-related illnesses like some types of skin cancer. However, any dog who spends an extended amount of time in the sun could get a sunburn on thinly-haired parts of the body like the bridge of the nose. Sunscreen may help if you think your dog is at risk for sunburn, but if possible, it’s best to simply avoid sun exposure during peak daylight hours.
Some ingredients commonly used in human sunscreens can be dangerous for dogs. For example, when ingested (and what dog won’t try to lick off sunscreen!), zinc oxide can lead to vomiting and potentially to red blood cell abnormalities. Salicylates like homosalate and ethylhexyl salicylate may cause stomach ulcers. Pet-friendly sunscreens generally avoid these ingredients but most don’t benefit from FDA oversight so their safety and efficacy are often unknown.