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    Hey guys!
    Now that the warm (more like boiling) weather is here, I'm thinking about using sunscreen on Lola. She's my first dog with so much white and pale skin.
    I don't want to go crazy with sun protection, just want to be safe especially since she does like to do what Misi does and that's to go for a 5min sunbake here and there.
    My question is; Is doggy sunscreen the same as human sunscreen?
    and
    Is it safe to put around the eyes? Lola has pink skin around her eyes.
    Many thanks in advance

    M

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magdalena View Post
    Hey guys!
    Now that the warm (more like boiling) weather is here, I'm thinking about using sunscreen on Lola. She's my first dog with so much white and pale skin.
    I don't want to go crazy with sun protection, just want to be safe especially since she does like to do what Misi does and that's to go for a 5min sunbake here and there.
    My question is; Is doggy sunscreen the same as human sunscreen?
    and
    Is it safe to put around the eyes? Lola has pink skin around her eyes.
    Many thanks in advance

    M
    I would investigate invisible zinc or just normal zinc

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    I second the zinc cream.

    Not sure about around the eyes though. You can get sort of enclosed fly veils for horses, I wonder if you can get them for dogs.

    The advantage of coloured / white zinc cream over the invisible stuff is
    1. you can see when it's been rubbed off and it's time to put more on
    2. the invisible stuff is made with nano particles and scientists are not sure what the long term effect of these are. They can penetrate straight though skin so not sure I'd want that on my face. Although sunburn is probably worse for your (dog's) health.

    Fly Masks

    Lola would be size foal or pony?

    PS this article says zinc oxide (zinc cream) is toxic to dogs - argh.
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/pop...type_id=813651

    It recommends a white tshirt, and sunscreen for dogs.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 11-19-2009 at 01:44 PM.

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    Hi Mags..

    I'm not sure if human sunscreen is safe for doggies eg; chemical ingredients, what if Lola licks herself or the human sunscreen causes skin allergy..

    I know that doggy sunscreen is avail at some vets tho & online.

    Vetbasix Sunscreen SPF *::*Health*::*Dog Accessories - Dog Beds, Dog Clothes & Dog Toys

    Animal Sunscreen

    http://waggle.com.au/doggles-b3/pet-sunscreen-p240

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    I hope human sunscreen isn't too dangerous for dogs because as soon as I put it on my legs Jenna won't leave me alone. She follows me round trying to lick it off LOL

    I agree I think zinc would be the way to go for Lola, at least she has a black nose eh?
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    This article says avoid PABA or Para-AminoBenzoic Acid
    Give your Dog the Sun Protection he needs | Small Dogs Paradise

    Unfortunately none of my sunscreens have a full list of ingredients. All the active ones seem to be various benzene related chemicals, but while benzene is very toxic, not sure how bad it is when it's part of some other chemical.

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    Hi Mags,

    Great topic! I see that AF has already posted links to some of the doggy sunscreens on the market. I have bought a few different types and seem to have settled on the Vetbasix Sunscreen which you can buy online from the RSPCA if you want?

    I am not a fan of human sunscreens on my 2 - mostly because of a discussion I had with a Vet regarding Zinc Toxicity and how this can affect pooches. Didn't seem a good thing in any way shape or form. So I never apply zinc cream or human sunscreen but just stick to the animal specific stuff which doesn't contain the nasties.

    Anyways, I don't want to say that to cause a panic .. it's all subjective eh. My previous dogs I used to coat with Zinc cream and layer with human sunscreen and never thought any more of it, and never had any dramas. I guess I'm a bit more concerting (and slightly more up on things???) these days and don't feel it necessary to take any risks .. particularly given the pooch screen isn't that much more expensive.

    Happy fun filled days for Misi and Lola Mags .. enjoy the summer!

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    SH n' the beacher and beachette (zep n' lola)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    Hi Mags..

    I'm not sure if human sunscreen is safe for doggies eg; chemical ingredients, what if Lola licks herself or the human sunscreen causes skin allergy..

    I know that doggy sunscreen is avail at some vets tho & online.

    Vetbasix Sunscreen SPF *::*Health*::*Dog Accessories - Dog Beds, Dog Clothes & Dog Toys

    Animal Sunscreen

    Doggles Pet Sunscreen
    Thanks AussieFloyd
    Good point and great link

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tkay View Post
    I hope human sunscreen isn't too dangerous for dogs because as soon as I put it on my legs Jenna won't leave me alone. She follows me round trying to lick it off LOL

    I agree I think zinc would be the way to go for Lola, at least she has a black nose eh?
    Thanks Tkay,
    Yep, I'm glad she has a black nozzle but she's pretty pink just above it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    This article says avoid PABA or Para-AminoBenzoic Acid
    Give your Dog the Sun Protection he needs | Small Dogs Paradise

    Unfortunately none of my sunscreens have a full list of ingredients. All the active ones seem to be various benzene related chemicals, but while benzene is very toxic, not sure how bad it is when it's part of some other chemical.
    Thanks Hyacinth
    I've been doing a bit of reading and also found that it's a good idea to avoid ones that have the ingredient PABA as it can be dangerous.

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