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Chicago Dog Training: Protect Your Dog From Sunburn

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SUNSCREEN— Apply sunscreen to the small areas of skin, such as the bridge of the nose, the tip of the nose and the ear tips.

SHELTER—Protect the belly of your dog from burning. Since it's easy for sunscreen on your dog's belly to rub or wash off, you may want to slip a T-shirt on him for protection. There is even a SPF bodysuit for dogs that is designed to block ultraviolet rays and prevent sunburn.

SHADE—Short haired or hairless dogs can develop sunburn very quickly during the summer. It’s a good idea to keep these dogs out of direct sun, especially in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest.

Sunburn starts as redness and hair loss. If your dog gets a little sunburn, try misting the affected area with cool water to remove the sting. A cold compress can also help relieve the pain. Sunburn usually does not require a trip to the vet.

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