April 30, 2008
It’s springtime! That means we go outside more with our bullies.
I walk Archie two to three times a day for about 20 minutes each.
And now that the days are getting longer and the sun is getting
brighter as summer approaches, it may be time to consider sunblock
for our dogs as well as ourselves.
I tend to take Archie before 10am and after 4pm so I don’t use
sunscreen for him or for me. But if your dog is going to be out
mid-day or lays in the sun a lot during the day, you might consider
sunscreen. If your bulldog is white or has thin hair, you can
apply it all over. But all dogs can use it on the nose and ears.
Do not use human sunscreen on your dog – it is too strong for them.
Personally, I have a hard time with most sunscreens over sfp 15
myself. I get a rash or my skin gets rough. A dog is more
sensitive to the chemicals than we are, so it’s best to get a dog
Doggles has come out with a new spray sunscreen called Pet
Sunscreen. It’s sfp 15. It’s available online and at select
retail outlets. I found it at a reasonable price at
http://www.naturalpets.com/petsunscreen.html but you could just do
a search for it.
If your bulldog goes out in the water, sunscreen is a good idea
since the water intensifies the effect of the sun’s rays. There
are some waterproof brands out there.
A word of caution: if your dog licks off the sunscreen, it is
probably not very good for him or her. If you notice any rash or
unusual symptoms develop after you use the sunscreen, stop use
My best advise is to avoid the intense sun hours and limit your
dog’s time in the sun, since bulldogs are prone to heat stroke
anyway. But a little sunscreen every now and then for mid day sun
is probably ok.
There’s a good article on general dog tips for the upcoming summer
months at the AKC site:
I don’t want you to keep your bullie in the house all summer.
Enjoy some sun with your bulldog – sun is really good for hair
growth and skin health. It’s a natural anti-bacterial. And it
provides needed vitamin D. Just 20 minutes a day in the sun is
beneficial for all kinds of skin conditions.
Your Bulldog Pal,