Itchy ‘n Scratchy Natural Sunscreen 60g

Cats and Dogs
November 3, 2018

Itchy ‘n Scratchy Natural Sunscreen 60g

Itchy ‘n Scratchy Natural Sunscreen 60g

Summer is on its way!

A safe and gentle sunscreen for your dog containing doggy safe organic oils,
and titanium dioxide with a mix of essential oils to help protect your dog from the
harsh UVA and UVB sun rays.

Yes! Just like humans, dogs need sunscreen too when they’re out in the sun for long
periods. Doggy sunscreen is especially important for dogs with white fur or light fur
and for dogs with thin fur. Dogs with pink, white skin are also especially susceptible
to burns.

Contains: Manuka Hydrosol, Sesame Seed Oil, Carrot Oil, Aloe Vera Gel, Coconut Oil,
Titanium Dioxide, Geogard Ultra, Emulsifying Wax, Essential Oils of Lavender,
Peppermint, Carrot Seed, Myrhh, Patchouli, Helichrysum italicum

It’s likely you’re protecting yourself and your human family from the sun’s harmful UV rays during the summer, but what about your dog?

You may be surprised to learn that dogs need protection, too. Dogs naturally have protection from their fur, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be burned. Those sunburns can be painful, and they can also increase your dog’s risk of cancer.

Prior to use, do a patch test, put the sunscreen on a small area and keep an eye on
the skin as well as your dog’s behaviour to see if there’s any problem.

So when should your dog use sunscreen?

Your dog is losing hair

If your dog is suffering from allergies, coping with hormonal changes, or undergoing
chemotherapy, he may be losing a lot of hair, leaving areas without protection. Also,
some dogs, such as hairless Chinese Crested, naturally have bald spots. These areas
are vulnerable like human skin, so they need protection.

Your dog is a sunbathing enthusiast

If you have one, you know. These pups love enjoying the warmth of the sun’s rays —
and may do so to their own detriment. The areas that need protection include the
space between their back legs and their snout (if it’s pinkish).

Your dog will be spending a lot of time outdoors

If it’s just a quick walk around the block, your dog is probably fine, but if you’re heading
out for a day at the beach or a camping trip, then your dog needs extra protection, just
like you do.

How to protect your dog from the sun

Ready to give your dog a coat of sunscreen? Here are a few best practices and safety tips to
keep in mind.

Don’t shave your long-haired dog

That hair is protecting their skin from UV rays, and if they’re shaved, it leaves them
more exposed. Instead, you can help keep them cooler by using an undercoat rake
regularly to get rid of dead hairs.

Choose the right sunscreen

Search for sunscreens that are designed specifically for dogs, and consult your
veterinarian for recommendations. If you’re having trouble finding a canine-specific
sunscreen, look for one that’s safe for human babies or sensitive skin.

Avoid Zinc Oxide

It’s a common ingredient in sunscreen, but unfortunately it can be toxic to dogs if they
eat it because of the zinc. Check the label before you apply.

Do a test area

Even if you select a sunscreen you believe is safe, there’s a chance your dog may
have a reaction to it. Put the sunscreen on a small area and keep an eye on the skin
as well as your dog’s behaviour to see if there’s any problem.

Just apply it to exposed areas

You don’t need to cover your dog all over, just in the areas that will be exposed to the
sun. Dog hair doesn’t need protection.

Use sun protective clothing

If your dog has a reaction to sunscreen, an alternative is light clothing designed to
block the sun’s rays. Look for lighter colours as well to help keep your dog cool.

Please talk to us about cool coats.

Provide shade

Make sure your dog has a place to escape the sun’s rays in your backyard or in any
other outdoor location where she spends time. The best way to stay safe from UV rays
is to avoid them entirely.

Remember, it’s also important to keep your dog safe from the heat. Make sure your pup always has access to fresh water.