sunscreen for your dog???????

@TriciaW (2441)
United States
June 14, 2007 10:01am CST
I had never heard of such a thing. I was just watching Live with Regis and Kelly and it is dog week. The lady said to put sunscreen on your dog's nose. She said to mix sunscreen with vasaline and put it on your dog's nose. Have you ever heard of doing that? Have you ever put that on your dog? I have had dogs all my life and never once did I think they need that*L*
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@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
15 Jun 07
I used to have a gray Weimeramer who had a very light skinned nose. We had to keep stuff on it all the time to keep him from getting sunburned. We used that thick, white zinc oxide since it was so hard for him to lick off. Unfortunately, he still got burned occaissionally and ended up getting cancer of the nose. I don't know if it was from the sun exposure, but the cancer did progress to his brain eventually and we had to have him put to sleep.
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15 Jun 07
That is so sad. Sorry to hear that.
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@Calais (10900)
• Australia
14 Jun 07
I have heard of this before but my dogs have black noses not light coloured, but I actually used to put sunscreen on my horse many mnay years ago.
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@UDDERONES (888)
• United States
22 Jul 07
This is a cute discussion. I have never thought about putting it on her nose, but I have thought about putting it on her back. My dog is a light cocker spaniel and she loves to get in the pool with me and swim. I worry she will get sunburnt.
• United States
15 Jun 07
Its not for the actual nose, where the nostrils are. There is a spot above the nose on the muzzle where the hair is very sparse and the skin tone is lighter. Thats where you apply the sunscreen. A dog's tongue cannot reach up there. It does make sense because dogs are susceptible to all the same skin problems humans have. . maybe moreso because a dog's skin is more sensitive. They can get sunburnt, skin cancer, bug bites, you name it. My dog has a white muzzle so the skin above his nose is very light and gets sunburned easily. Whenever he is going to be outside all day, I do dab on some sunscreen to keep him from burning.
15 Jun 07
I had not heard of sunscreen for dogs. Like the other members I would have thought they would just lick it off. It was sad to hear about the dog that got cancer though so perhaps people should think about it more. My dog has a black nose so hopefully will be ok. Anyway he is 12 so it is probably a bit late. We are in England though so don't get very hot sun for very long. I did hear once that pigs were susceptible to sun burn though so needed to be protected!
@AmbiePam (50953)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Well, if I did that to my pups, they would just lick it off their own nose. If by chance they couldn't get it all by themselves, the two puppies would lick it off each other's nose. Besides that, they aren't outside long enough for them to get sunburned. : )