Can Dogs Get Sunburned?

Posted by F&S

Martha really takes care of her skin and one thing she always does is protect it from the harmful rays of the sun.  We, Frenchies, with fur covering our skin, are somewhat better protected than humans but, we can also get sunburned from overexposure.  We don’t worry too much about G.K. because he has that thick mane of fur.  Besides, in the warm months, he pretty much lies around where it’s cool and shady.

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Ah, spring is here and it's finally nice enough to sit outside and enjoy the warm rays of the sun!  How I love being a basking hound!

1 Ah, spring is here and it's finally nice enough to sit outside and enjoy the warm rays of the sun! How I love being a basking hound!

Sharkey, did you know that sunshine actually makes you happy by boosting seratonin levels in the body?  One reason many people get seasonal depression in winter is because of the lack of sunlight!

2 Sharkey, did you know that sunshine actually makes you happy by boosting seratonin levels in the body? One reason many people get seasonal depression in winter is because of the lack of sunlight!

Don't you want to bask in the warm spring sun with me?  Come get your daily dose of Vitamin D!

3 Don't you want to bask in the warm spring sun with me? Come get your daily dose of Vitamin D!

Franny, as beneficial as the sun is, it's best taken in moderation!  Many people don't realize that dogs can get sunburned just like people!  And we Frenchies, being a short haired breed, are especially susceptible.

4 Franny, as beneficial as the sun is, it's best taken in moderation! Many people don't realize that dogs can get sunburned just like people! And we Frenchies, being a short haired breed, are especially susceptible.

And just like fair-skinned people, who burn easily, fair-haired Frenchies, like myself, can burn easily, too!  It's best for me to try and avoid direct sunlight!

5 And just like fair-skinned people, who burn easily, fair-haired Frenchies, like myself, can burn easily, too! It's best for me to try and avoid direct sunlight!

Ah, this partially shady spot is a nice compromise!  Francesca, come join me!

6 Ah, this partially shady spot is a nice compromise! Francesca, come join me!

I guess you're right, Sharkey.  You should watch your sun exposure, especially since you have light colored fur.  Dark colors attract more heat than light colors, but also block more UV rays.

7 I guess you're right, Sharkey. You should watch your sun exposure, especially since you have light colored fur. Dark colors attract more heat than light colors, but also block more UV rays.

Sharkey, the grass smells so sweet!  And look at all of the flowers springing up in those beds!

8 Sharkey, the grass smells so sweet! And look at all of the flowers springing up in those beds!

Francesca, maybe I should invest in some sunscreen!  Did you know they make special dog-friendly sunscreen?  It doesn't contain things like zinc, which can be harmful if ingested!

9 Francesca, maybe I should invest in some sunscreen! Did you know they make special dog-friendly sunscreen? It doesn't contain things like zinc, which can be harmful if ingested!

Francesca?  Oh, I guess the explorer in you has taken over!  I'll just enjoy this spot all by myself!

10 Francesca? Oh, I guess the explorer in you has taken over! I'll just enjoy this spot all by myself!

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  • Hello Ladies,
    I must agree that you Sharkey especially must protect yourself from the rays. Doggie sunscreen, I never knew. I like my sunbathes, but don't ever over do. There was no sunbathing in Colorado over the weekend. We just got a dusting of snow, but some of the mountain areas got 6-12 inches. We need the moisture. I feel bad and am saying prayers for everyone affected by those awful tornados. I was worried all weekend about my Daily Wag Buddies. Hope everyone was safe. I had a great weekend and even some visitors again. I watched a mini series with Mom and Dad called Pillars of the Earth. The parts I was awake for, were really good---lots of warriors in this movie. I am anxious to hear how everyone's weekend was.
    Love & licks,
    Basil the Warrior Prince

  • Good morning ladies,
    I am with Basil, I never knew they made sunscreen for dogs. My coat is so dense that till the sun would penetrate it and get to my skin, it would be night time. You shorter coated breeds better get some of that sunscreen or stay in the shade. And Basil, you ARE a pillar of the Glue Squad.
    Kirby Bear, welcome back. I went on your FB and checked out your dad's story. Wow, you saved him, that is amazing. Your dad seems like he is the best dad in the world. You are a good match for each other. They should use your talents at hospitals Kirby. You could save more lives. By the way, I dig those shades in your one photo.
    Another weekend gone. Karen was at a puppy match with Wu-Tang, one of my little cousins. I saw the videos. Wu-Tang was only on a leash twice before she went to the show and when she was, she was spinning and twisting and rolling on her back. It was funny. But when she got in the show ring, she strutted her stuff like she was doing it forever. She won the breed and a puppy group 3. Karen was shocked. Jan was laughing. Wu-Tang was a show monster. hehehehehe

    I am going out on the deck while it is still cool. I will check back in later.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Who knew; doggie sunscreen. But how much does it take to cover one Frenchie? And how does one get it off so it doesn’t get all over everything? I’m glad I have long hair and don’t have to use that stuff. But then again, my long hair makes me heat up quickly in the hot sun so I have to be careful and not stay too long in the direct sun. Now when it’s cool, I love to nap in the sun; feels so good. I will have to agree with GK. When it’s hot, stay inside in the cool spots.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Francesca, Sharkey, Warrior Prince basil and all my glue squad buddies,
    Good timing on the sun screen information since today is bright and sunny and already 76 here! A balmy day for the Boston marathon! Thank you so much for the kind birthday wishes for my cat buddy Herman who had a great time this weekend. It was nice of Basil, Missy Chow, Cora belle, Nicky and kris, Sonya, Jan and Delia to remember him. Today he is busy playing with three new fake mice on the back porch.
    Beautiful flowers and trees outside this weekend. Mom did very well in her running race yesterday but I laughed because she was beat by a BEAGLE!!! A very fit running beagle. Being a pug frenchie I only run once in a while for very SHORT distances. Congrats to Wu Tang for the show results. Hope everyone is safe, warm and had a great weekend. Abby the PUG FRENCHIE

  • Hey Ladies!
    What a pretty day you had! I love to lay in the sun on the driveway, it faces south & gets nice & warm. Didn't know about doggie sunscreen, but just think about all the poodles & other groomed dogs that live in warm, sunny places. They like to lay around, too! I did not find you, Kirby, on facebook..I'll have to try again! We had some boomers last night, but nothing bad. I'll have to check in later today for more news! I missed Herman's B-day. Sounds like he had a good one.
    Congrats Wu-Tang, you sound like a fun girl!
    Have a great day all!
    Rebel

  • I'm Back!
    I found you, Kirby Bear. What a dog.....
    Your Pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi Girl Friends, &G.K.+Glue Squad, You sure do have nice weather and sunshine there at the Bedford farm and Mom read in the paper today that you will get in the high 80s today so Sharkey, you better stay in the shade more often! Since my fur is a little longer and brindle colored, I'm pretty lucky like you are Franny! We had a nice, partly sunny weekend and I was able to take a nice, long walk again! This time, Mom and I walked to the Post Office so she could mail her Tax stuff and it was about a mile and a half away and it took us about 2 hours. I took a good nap afterward! Basil, the Warrior Prince, sure glad you had a great weekend even with a little snow-brrr! Maddox, your Mom Karen sure has some great chows and how neat that Wu-Tang won the latest dog show! Kirby, so glad you saved your great Dad and all got home safely! Abby, so happy that Herman had such a nice Birthday on Saturday! Bet he was really happy! Sure hope all the rest of you great buddies had a great weekend and continue to have another great day! It's raining again here and a bit cooler, but that's the way it is! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello again,
    Kirby, you have to tell me how you saved Dad's life since we can't do Facebook. I feel soooo left out. You are a hero it sounds like!!!!
    Love & licks,
    Warrior Prince Basil

  • Hi
    Frenchies, you always have an interesting post. Using Sun Screen is a very smart idea. Well Saturday was a wash out. Gran and People Aunt Jessie went to Cincinnati Friday and Saturday for shopping purposes. Driving home in the rain was awful. Jessie gets a gold star for her excellent driving! Pops was in Lexington for the Keenland Races with his guy buds. Upon his return Pop said they visited a Horse (Stud) Farm called 3 Chimneys outside of Lexington. He said it was outstanding facility. He didn't see any Bugs like me, but there were cats hanging around the barns... guess the horses like fur balls. Maybe their mews calm the horses? Here comes the sun, time for a walk. Peace and Love LL

  • It's near 90 here in NH today! Whew!

    I didn't realize that animals, especially with short fur, can burn. My cat Muffy is an indoor cat, so I didn't even cross my mind about other animals.

    Hmmm... I wonder if I should offer some "Coppertone" to the squirrels and chipmunks! :)

    Stay cool :)

    gail

  • Hi Girls & Glue Squad, Well, like Gail in NH, it's pretty warm in MA today, someplaces in the high 80's but much cooler in the house. Warrior Prince Basil, you were up pretty early to be the first to blog today, so happy you had a great weekend. Zoe, waiting to hear about your visitors this weekend. Maddox, Kirby Bear, since we have thick coats maybe we should use some sunscreen on our noses, what do you think? Chloe, are you thru with doggie boot camp yet? Well, four weeks of training are over; two more to go, and the trainor said she has noticed a difference since my first week, I guess that's a good sign. BUT I still get into trouble with my nibbling especially with Mom, Dad has a stronger voice and I "almost" listen every time he speaks. Mom hopes it's only a puppy thing.

    Everyone have a great evening, and enjoy the weather!

    Till next time,

    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hi Guys! Sophia from Texas back-trying to stay dry but Mom scoots me out whenever I need to go! Wipes my feet every time too! Glad everyone's ok, and love reading all your tales...GK, when is your next dog show? Love, Marilyn

  • Hi all,
    I'm back. I feel awful. I wanted to say something about Herman on Friday and I forgot. My bad. Happy Belated Birthday Herman. I can picture you playing with three fake mice. hehehehehe
    Missy Chow, you better stop nibbling or they will make you go to Chloe's Boot Camp and we have not heard from her since she left. Dudley, you walked all that way to the post office? Wow, that is a good distance. I would be wanting ice cubes and water along the way. I agree with you Rebel, Kirby Bear has an amazing talent. He is quite a dog. We have some very special members of the Glue Squad. I think each and every one of us has unique qualities. When I figure mine out, I will let you know. Where the heck are Zoe and Cora-Belle today?
    Maddox

  • Better late then never!!!! ;-) You Frenchies look so regal taking in a bit of the Sunshine...just be careful! my white Arabian horses had skin cancer, even though they had black skin.
    This is a screwed up day, there was so much lighting and thunder with terrible high winds that included Tornado warnings...today it dropped down to 46 degrees...I'm exhausted from all this weather change, so is Kitty, she goes out and sits in the wind and rain, then turns around and scratches at the door...let me in!!!!
    Basil I'm glad your feeling OK, good to hear that.
    Here in Wisconsin a lot of women are vitamin D deficient. I was told by the doctor to sit in the sun for 15 minutes...to think I use to be a sun worshiper when we lived in California and Missouri.

    Got to run and take my Vitamin D pill! :-) really!

    delia & Kitty =^- -^=

  • Hello F, S and the Glue Squad

    Mom had to leave very early for work this morning so no computer time for me. I was happy in a way I slept in with dad I had a crazy busy weekend. Plus I had an upset tummy I got in a box of those baby cookies they give the kids and ate too many. I had the squirts all day Sunday and didn't feel like eating breakfast. I'm all better now but mom was sure pissed off, said those people better start putting away their baby stuff so I can't get at it. Oh did I tell you I chewed up a pack of diapers and baby wipes, they tasted nasty :(

    F & S I agree about not getting too much sun. Mom keeps a spray bottle out with me so she can cool me off on those hot days. I know my limits, I lay in the sun then move into the shade. I sure don't want any sunburn that looks like it hurts. The Labs are all going for their summer buzz cuts next week. They are really shedding bad this time of year, mom has to brush them out every day it's horrible!

    Does anyone else have to get a summer cut or only my crazy brother and sisters?

    Zoe

  • Very late today. Thank you for the doggy sunscreen information Franny and Sharkey. Very good to know. So happy that pretty much everyone had a lovely weekend especially our gallant Warrior Prince Basil! :smile:

  • I have an Eskie who doesn’t love the sun, so when I take him to the beach I bring his little collapsible beach tent so he can sit in the shade the whole time. As long as he has his tent, some water, his favorite ball and his favorite Tillman’s treats, he keeps out of the sun and still has “fun in the sun”. LOL!

  • Hi, I'm Charlie, a moodle from Australia and we get a lot of sun here and have high sun cancer statistics. My cousin Elsa is a white retriever and loves to sit in the sun even when it's hot, but her mum puts sunscreen on her nose, because that's the part of her body most at risk. Woof.

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