Even four-legged friends need sun protection.
You wouldn't head out for a day of fun in the sun without slathering yourself and the kids in sunscreen, but you may not think to pack dog sunscreen for Fido or Fluffy. But certified dog trainer Colleen Demling, owner of Pawtopia Dog Training in San Diego, Calif., said it's just as important to cover your pup in a sunscreen for dogs.
Of course, you may be wondering if you really need to buy dog sunscreen or if you just use what you'd put on your own skin. The answer, is no. Demling explained that dogs need specially formulated sunscreen because some of the ingredients in human sunscreen, including zinc oxide, are toxic to dogs. Although baby sunscreen will do in a pinch, it's best to pick a dog sunscreen.
Dogs with thin, patchy, or even light-colored coats, like greyhounds, and Great Danes, are especially acceptable to sunburn but all dogs at least need sun protection on exposed areas like their noses, ear flaps, and bellies. "Just like with us, re-application throughout the day is critical is critical for protection," Demling added. Here, we selected the best dog sunscreen and dog protection for your pup.