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Sun Burn

Hi all,

I am wondering what everyone does to prevent sun burn with the exception of no sun exposure. I am teaching my 1 year old to kayak with me but to date the trips are very short as I am concerned with his amount of sun exposure. I am looking into canopies for the kayak to protect him but am also seeking other protective measures.

Does anyone have any ideas for sun protection that works?

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His coat should protect him from sunburn. Perhaps a little sunblock on the thin fur of the snout.

When hairless dogs came into the kennel, we always had to slather sunblock on them.

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I know it's strange but I was at a petsmart the other day and noticed they now have "off" and sublock for dogs.. it may be a total hoax but might be worth a try on his less furry places
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Here are some Sun Protection Tips from PETGUIDE.COM, they are one of the GRF Sponsors:

Hot Tips on Sun Protection For Dogs

Amy Tokic February 7, 2013

Photos by: Nikolai Tsvetkov/Shutterstock

Don’t Get Burned – Ensure Your Dog Is Safe From The Summer Sun

The dog days of summer are coming and it’s getting hot out there. But did you know that your dog needs protection from the sun just like you do? It’s true – the sun’s exposure can be dangerous and deadly for your pets. If you’re armed with the right information, you can make the summer safe and enjoyable for your pup.
Just because a dog has a coat of fur, it doesn’t mean that it is protected from the sun’s rays. Even a thick fur coat isn’t enough protection. Constant sun exposure can result in painful sunburns, skin ulcers, cancer and permanent skin damage. Some breeds are more susceptible to sunburn, like those that are fair skinned, white haired, short haired and have light colored noses.
Here are a few things you can do when it comes to sun protection for dogs:
1. There is sunscreen that’s made just for your dog. If your dog is outside during peak sunlight hours, use a non-toxic dog specific sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher. Be sure to apply it to sunburn-prone areas such as the tips of ears, the bridge of the nose, groin area, inside the legs and underbelly. As with any product you apply to your dog’s skin, read the ingredient label carefully. If you’re using a sunscreen made for humans (which we do not recommend), avoid ones with PABA or zinc – these ingredients are toxic to your dog if ingested or licked. However, baby sunscreen is a safe alternative for your dog. Remember to reapply sunscreen to your dog every 4 to 6 hours or after a long time in the water.
2. Get some shade. Whether you’re on the beach, in the backyard or out in the park, make sure there’s enough shade available when it’s time to take a break from the sun. During peak direct sunlight hours (10 am and 3 pm), having a shaded area is vital for both dogs and humans.
3. UV Sun suits. Yep, there are such things available for your dog. These sun suits come with UV protection bodysuit and block out the harmful rays. Available in a variety of sizes, there’s a perfect fit for all types of dogs. If you don’t have a suit, a white t-shirt will do in a pinch. Adult sizes fit bigger dogs, while a child’s sizes work for smaller dogs.

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Stay away from any zinc oxides. Zinc can be poisonous to dogs.

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