How to Recognize and Treat Sunburn in Dogs

For sunburn pain, mist the affected area with a water bottle; the cool water will soothe some of the discomforts. A cold compress is another way to relieve the pain. If the skin is raw, broken or your dog seems to be in pain, take him to the vet to get his sunburn checked out.

Those pretty pink noses and ear tips can be susceptible to sunburn, especially if your pet likes to nap in sunny spots. Their coats provide some protection from the sun, but the exposed tummy where the hair is thinner is susceptible to damage by the sun’s rays. The good news is there are many soothing natural products to help ease the discomfort if your pet gets sunburned.

  • The nose, ears, or tummy are red and tender.
  • The edges of your pet’s ears are dry, cracked, or curling.
  • They constantly scratch themselves in tender places and whimper when doing so.
  • Use aloe vera, nature’s ointment. The juice from the aloe vera plant will help reduce infection and scarring and speed the healing process. If you have a plant available, break off the tip of a leaf and squeeze out some gel. Apply it directly to the affected area. If a fresh plant is unavailable, a cream with aloe vera works well.
  • Speed healing with vitamin E. Puncture a Vitamin E capsule and squeeze out the oil, applying to the affected area to reduce scarring and speed healing.
  • Replace lost moisture on the skin. Applying a moisturizer can restore the moisture balance to the skin. Those products which contain coconut or jojoba oil are best. Apply three times per day.
  • Use witch hazel, it has a cooling property as it evaporates from the skin but doesn’t sting. Apply with a cotton ball three to four times per day.

How do you know if the dog suffers from sunburn?
Signs of a sunburned dog
Look for dry, cracked skin and wrinkled edges of the ears. Another sign of sunburn is a constant scratching of the dog in delicate areas with whimpering, shrinking as she tries to bother him. If the sunburn is severe, the dog may have a slight fever.