The Best Natural Sunscreens For Your Dog
We are all aware of the harmful effects of the sun and the importance of taking care of our skin during the hot summer days, but what about our dogs? Believe it or not, dogs are in danger of UV damage as well, even though they have a layer of fur for protection. This is why it’s important to remember to always apply sunscreen to exposed areas of your dog if you plan on being outside for extended periods of time. Areas such as his or her snout, bellies and behind their legs are the main areas to look out for, but each dog is different, so make sure to double check for any spots that the sun can reach.
If you’re looking for a natural alternative when it comes to sun protection, here are some of the top dog sunscreens to help keep your dog safe from the rays:
Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Pet Care: Vitamin & Essential Oil Sunscreen and Skin Conditioner For Dogs
Made with essential oils and minerals such as Lavender Oil, Chamomile Oil, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E Oil and oat, this sunscreen is perfect for protection against the sun. The lotion also includes UVA and UVB inhibitors and is biodegradable, paraben free and dye free.
It’s also very easy to use. To apply to the body, shake and spray on exposed areas. Be sure to protect their face by spraying the sunscreen into your hand, and then applying. Make sure to reapply if your dog gets wet or is in direct sunlight for more than three hours.
Natural Dog Company: Snout Soother
Like most humans, your dog’s face gets the most sun and therefore needs the most protection. Recommended by vets, Natural Dog’s Company’s Snout Soother is great for preventing a burnt nose. This lotion is scent-free and loaded with tons of natural ingredients such as hemp seed oil, shea nut butter, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, kukui oil, natural vitamin E, rosemary extract, chamomile oil and candelilla wax.
Richard’s Organics: Incredible Skin Spray for Dogs
The unique blend of 15 plant extracts such as Chamomile, Cranesbill, Pennyroyal, Sage, Calendula, Yarrow, Echinacea and Lemon Grass, is what gives this sun lotion its ability to help shield your dog from the sun and heal his or her skin at the same time. Because of the plant-based ingredients included in this bottle, this spray provides antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory action and helps to reduce small wounds.
Want to DIY your own natural sunscreen?
What you will need:
- 1 oz Unrefined Coconut Oil
- ½ oz Shea Butter
- 1 oz Olive Oil
- ¼ oz Red Raspberry Leaf Oil
- ¼ oz Carrot Seed Oil (not the essential oil)
- 2 drops Lavender or Roman Chamomile essential oil
- Combine all your oils in a small pan and cook for about 20 minutes.
- Add your essential oils and stir them in for two minutes. Cover the pan and let the oils cool.
- Pour into a container you can use to apply to your dog.
Before you apply this homemade sunscreen all over your dog’s skin, make sure to test a small area first to see if your dog has a reaction. All dogs react to certain ingredients differently and there are plenty of other recipes and products for you to try.
Do you have any lotions or sunscreens that you and your dog absolutely love? Please share the recipe or product below!