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4 Essential Sun Safety Tips for Dogs

Does your pooch love beach days, long walks, and leisurely hikes as much as you do? While taking advantage of those sunny days, it's important to remember that our furry friends need protection from the sun just like we do. Dogs can get sunburned and suffer from heatstroke if they are exposed to the sun for too long without appropriate precautions. To keep your pup safe and healthy this summer, here are some essential sun safety tips!

Limit Sun Exposure

Just like humans, dogs can get sunburned if they spend too much time in direct

sunlight. Protect your dog by providing them with breaks from the sun throughout the day. During a walk, take a break in a shady area if possible. For sunny days at the beach, create a shaded area using an umbrella, tent, canopy, etc.  

Use Dog-Safe Sunscreen 

To protect your dog from the sun’s rays, it's a good idea to apply dog-safe sunscreen to their exposed skin including their paw pads and nose. Make sure to use sunscreen that is specifically formulated for dogs and avoid using products that contain zinc oxide, as it can be toxic to pets. Visit The DogTown Bakery for a range of dog-safe sunscreen options including our “Fun in The Sun UV Barrier Cream” produced by Cordoba Farms. This is a gentle, yet effective product formulated specifically for your furry friend! 

Paw Protection 

Did you know a dog’s paw pads are as sensitive as human feet? Hot pavement can burn your dog's paw pads, so avoid walking them on asphalt or concrete surfaces during the heat of the day. Opt for grassy areas for sunny play sessions or use a beach towel/blanket to provide protection from hot sand. Another option is to use booties or paw balm to protect your dog’s sensitive paws from the heat. Visit DogTown Bakery today to grab a pair (pre-order begins April 15th)!

Stay Hydrated 

Dehydration is a common issue during warm days, so make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh water at all times. Consider adding ice cubes to their water bowl to keep it cool throughout the day. For on the go water breaks, bring a portable water bowl or bottle for your pooch. We have a range of portable water storage options available in store!

By following these essential sun safety tips for dogs, you can ensure that your furry friend stays healthy and happy this summer. Remember to keep them cool, hydrated, and protected from the sun's harmful rays. Visit The DogTown Bakery for all your dog sun safety needs and have some fun in the sun with your four-legged friend!

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