Attention Aussie puppers – summer is just around the corner! Finally, the season for long days at the beach and sunny park BBQs, we’ve all missed so much. Us Aussies know the importance of slip, slop, slap, but what about protecting your dog from the sun? Just as you do for yourself and your family, it’s equally important to keep your furry best friend safe from the harsh Aussie sun.
Here are our top 5 tips for keeping pupper sun-safe this summer:
1. Extend pupper’s shade time, limit time their sun time
Okay, we may be Mr Obvious in saying this, but the easiest way to protect your dog from the sun is to keep them out of the sun in the first place! Imagine how you feel after being out for hours in the sun. Now image you were wearing a thick fur coat that entire time. Not fun!
When you’re out and about with pupper, keep a look out for shady spots for them to have a break. Going to a dog-friendly beach? Why not pack a sun umbrella to keep them comfortable.
On very hot days opt for indoor play time (with the AC cranking) instead of spending time outside. This is particularly important for stub-nosed breeds that may be uncomfortable at best on those hot summer days.
2. Have water easily accessible on days out
Our second tip is to hydrate, hydrate and hydrate. After a day out in the sun, pupper is likely to be panting more than normal, and hence losing a lot of fluid. In order to prevent dehydration and heat stress, make sure water is always readily available for them so that they can replenish their lost fluids and maintain their normal muscle function.
Sharing is caring, but let’s face it, no one wants a water bottle covered in dog drool. Why not invest in a travel dog bowl or a two-in-one bowl/ bottle so you can keep your bottle drool-free.
3. Protect them with sunscreen (but not the human kind)
Just like us humans, dogs can get sunburnt too. Puppers with short, light coloured fur and hairless breeds are most at risk. The areas that are particularly sensitive to sunburn are those with limited fur coverage, such as their nose, ears and tummy.
It is not recommended to use human sunscreen on your dog. Our sunscreen may contain ingredients that are dangerous and even toxic to dogs. Even the sensitive or kid-friendly sunscreens are a no-go for pupper. Instead, look out for a dog specific sunscreen. If the cream is made from natural or organics ingredients – even better! Make sure you follow the instructions and re-apply as needed to keep pupper sun-safe all day long.
4. Whatever you do, don’t shave pupper
Let us clarify. If your pupper has a wool coat (oodles were looking at you), shaving their coat is normal and in fact necessary in order for not to keep on growing.
However, if your pupper has a fur coat, then shaving them will not make your dog any cooler. In fact, in the long run, it will do the complete opposite. A dog’s fur coat that is shaved or cut will grow back with a thicker undercoat, and actually, make them hotter. A dangerous cycle to fall into.
5. Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise
There no reason why sun protection accessories for your dog can’t be both stylish and functional. Get inspiration from your Insta-dog celebrities for the latest styles of UV-protective tops and jackets, hats and sunnies. We can’t promise you that pupper will keep them on – good luck with that!