Do you put sunscreen on your dog during the summer? According to the American Kennel Club, you should . . . but most of us DON’T.
A recent survey found 57% of people NEVER apply sunscreen when they take their dog outside . . . and 46% didn’t even realize dogs needed protection from the sun.
But dogs CAN get sunburned, and it can lead to all sorts of issues, like skin cancer and dermatitis.
Certain dogs are more at risk for sunburns, especially the ones with short, white coats or hairless breeds. So dogs like Dalmatians, Bulldogs, and the Chinese Crested. But even dogs with thick coats can burn, particularly on their ears, nose, and bellies.
Oh, and you don’t want to use HUMAN sunscreen, because it might have ingredients that are toxic to dogs. The AKC recommends getting a waterproof, unscented dog sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.