Keeping Your Fur-Baby Sun-Safe

Dogs can get sunburned. No joke. They can also get certain types of skin cancer, such as squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanomas. 

As a responsible pet owner, it is up to you to make sure they are protected from the sun. This is especially true for dogs with lighter or shorter coats.

Luckily, sun safety for a dog is nearly the same as it is for humans. If you know the 3 pillars of sun safety, you are good to go. You’ll just substitute pet-friendly products. 


Whether at home or while traveling, be sure to provide ample shade. This could come in the way of a shady tree or covered patio.

If your backyard doesn’t have much shade, add a canopy to your dog’s outdoor bed. K&H Pet Cot Canopy works with popular raised cot dog beds. 

Bring shade with you for your next doggy adventure. The ShadyPaws Portable Pet Canopy is great for a day at the park. 


It’s all about the sun shirt. While UV Skinz doesn’t make UPF 50+ for pets, many of our “What’s a Sunburn?” shirts have ended up on four-legged babies.

"What's a Sunburn?" baby sun shirt

Dog in Baby Sun Shirt

There are quite a few sun protection clothing options specifically for dogs. EzyDog Dog Rashies make your dog beach-ready in no time. 


Things are a bit different with sunscreen for dogs. You must only use pet-friendly sunscreens like Petkin Doggy Sunwipes or Epi-Pet Sun Protector Spray. These non-toxic sunscreens are safe if your dog licks themselves.

Don’t forget about that cute little nose. It can burn, too. Lucky Pup with Sunscreen for Noses is a balm that soothes and protects.

Keeping dogs sun-safe isn’t that difficult. Just follow good sun protection practices for yourself, then extend them to your pooch.