What do you do if your dog gets sunburned?

dog in a bath after getting sunburned

What do you do if your dog gets sunburned?

According to Dr. Klein,  any time sunburn is visible, you should move your dog inside or at least into the shade as quickly as possible.

Cool compresses and ointments may soothe the skin to help relieve the initial symptoms.

Aloe may help a minor burn. However, if the burn is severe, you should call your veterinarian because treatment with a cortisone product may be needed to prevent inflammation.

There may also be a secondary infection requiring antibiotics.

N.B. If these complications do occur, the dog will need to be well protected from the sun in the future to prevent permanent damage


What does sunburn on a dog look like?

For the most part, it’s the same as for humans. 

  • Sunburn is visible as reddened, warm, or flaking skin.
  • Hair loss can result from sunburn.
  • Vocalisation of pain in movement or when touched.
  • Dry, cracked or curled edges of dog’s ear.


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