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Sunscreen for Dogs – They Need Protection Too!

sunscreen for dogsSunscreen for dogs…this might sound a bit crazy, but just like us, dogs can get sunburned and suffer from pain, peeling and skin cancer. Severe burns may also cause skin infections. So it’s possible your dog might need some sunscreen, especially if you’re going to the beach where there is a lot of sun due to sand and water reflection.

If you have a dog with a thin coat (or shaved) and pink skin, you might need to consider putting dog sunscreen on your dog (after you lather up yourself). Some breeds are more susceptible to burns, such as, Boxers, Frenchies, Bulldogs and Bull Terriers. If you have a really furry dog like a Bearded Collie or a Chow, their hair is likely going to give them enough coverage.

Make sure you use a sunscreen made for dogs. Do not use human sunscreen on them, especially if it has zinc oxide, which is toxic for dogs.

Here are 3 great Dog Sun Protection options:

All linked for easy shopping

When applying sunscreen on your pooch, you’ll want to put it on those areas that are prone to sunburn, e.g. nose, ears, eyelids, abdomen, groin and inside the legs. Just like with us humans, remember to reapply, especially if your dog is going in and out of the water.

Lightweight Dog Bag by Sturdi Products

SturdiBag GreenAs we’re always on the search for great dog bags / carriers, we were thrilled to discover the SturdiBag Flex-Height Carrier! The first thing you notice is how light the bag is. The SturdiBag large only weighs 2.6 pounds, despite that it has been tested to safely carry a pet up to 40 pounds and has the dimentions: 18 L x 12 H x 12 W inches. It’s by far the lightest bag we’ve seen on the market!

SturdiBag

One the key advantages of the SturdiBag is the patented flex-height design with flexible rods that allow the carrier to flex down without collapsing to conform to under seat heights. Then the bag pops back into shape when it is no longer stored under the airline seat. Many dog carriers do not have this extra support and as a result the bag does not hold its shape and the top can collapse down on your dog.

The SturdiBag is made of durable 600 denier polyester with urethane coating, which makes it very durable and water resistant. It comes in a variety of colors and is available in 5 sizes for the standard model (non-divided) and 2 sizes for the divided models. It also has pockets so you can put your dog’s leash or treats in it. There is one back storage pocket on the 5 standard models and deep side pockets on the 2 divided model. The SturdiBag is also easy to clean and completely machine washable.
SturdiBag

The SturdiBag includes:

  • Adjustable 4-point padded shoulder strap & leather hand grip
  • Retractable privacy flaps on all mesh windows
  • Seatbelt safety straps for car travel
  • Interior Comfort Pad secured by Velcro
  • Zipper Security Clips and a tether for safety and security

The SturdiBag Flex-Height Pet Carrier comes with a Comfort Pad which is covered with soft fleece. This light weight Comfort Pad is filled with a cushy, convoluted or “egg-crate” style foam that provides air circulation and superior weight distribution for support, comfort and pressure relief. The Comfort Pad may be beneficial for aging pets and/or pets with arthritic or other orthopedic problems. If your dog really likes the Comfort Pad in the SturdiBag, you can purchase additional ones to use around the house. There are various Comfort Pad cover designs and colors so you can find one that suits your home.

SturdiBag

SturdiBags come in a variety of colors, designs and sizes

The company Sturdi Products really stands behind their products. All SturdiBag pet carriers and other products are warranted against manufacturer defect for the life of the product.

They will also replace parts as needed or handle special requests such as installing customized/heavy mesh. Sturdi Products has been catering to the needs of professional dog handlers and groomers since 1993. So they really have a “high touch” when it comes to customer service.

Sturdi Bag for 2

The Divided SturdiBag has 2 Pet Compartments!

Sturdi Products was founded on the principle of decreasing the stress of both pets and people by designing better products for use when traveling with pets. Sturdi now offers over 40 professional quality & innovative products.

SturdiBox

SturdiBox

They also make the SturdiBox which is great for both on the road and at home. Built out of high-quality, durable materials, the SturdiBox waterproof and built to last. Folds flat and snaps closed for packing! You can see in the photo here are two small SturdiBoxes (they come in different sizes). The one in purple filled with water and the other folded in black.

Top Dog Water Bottles to Keep Your Dog Hydrated

When you’re on the go, cupping your hands to make a water bowl for your dog isn’t easy and you usually end up wasting a lot of water. It’s important to keep your pet hydrated, so we’ve put together a few of our favorite Top Dog Water Bottles:

Popware H-DuO
We love the Popware H-DuO with collapsible travel bowl. The bottle has two 12-ounce watertight chambers so you can hold two different drinks simultaneously. Or if you prefer, put water on one side and small doggie treats (or food) on the other. The H-DuO is made of BPA-free material. The collapsible travel bowl clips onto the bottle, which makes it ideal for travel.
H2O4K9 Stainless Steel K9 Water Bottle
If you’re looking for a dog water bottle which is high tech and modern, check out the H2O4K9 Stainless Steel K9 Water Bottle. It’s designed so that the lid is the bowl. Your dog also gets his own bottle of water if you’re not into sharing your own. H2O4K9 products are designed for rugged use and years of re-use.
Highwave Dog Mug
This is an easy to use travel mug for your dog. Gently squeeze the bottle and water will fill the bowl. Release your squeeze and the water returns to the bottle. The adjustible velcro strap makes it easy to carry while on the go. This mug fits in a standard car cup holder and holds 20 ounces of fresh water. BPA free and made in the USA.
Gulpy Water Dispenser
The Gulpy Water Dispenser is part bottle and part bowl. Just flip to open and flip to close. If needed, gently squeeze the bottle to start water flow. Place the bowl on the ground or hold it in your hand and allow your dog to drink.
Pyrus Pet Travel Bottle
The Pet Travel Bottle from Pyrus is a portable bottle with a bowl which also doubles as a lid. It’s made from silicone and ABS plastic materials, which are safe and durable. Comes with a with carabiner clip.

Top Nose and Paw Balms for Your Dog

A dog’s nose is highly sensitive and can become very painful when their nose tissues are dry, chapped, burnt or cracked. Same with their paws, your dog doesn’t wear shoes, so they need to keep their paws in good shape.

No dog owner wants to see their best friend in pain or discomfort, so the easiest way to remedy this is to use a dog nose &/or paw balm. Here are some great dog nose and paw balms:

My Dog Nose It! – Sun Protection
Last year our dog Kobi went to doggie camp and he came back with a burnt nose. So this year, we bought My Dog Nose It as sun protection for his nose. The doggie camp, Eva’s Play Pups, did a great job of applying it to Kobi’s nose. When he returned from camp, his nose was a bit lighter, but definitely not burnt. We’ll definitely continue to use this natural, safe and water resistant sun protection for Kobi’s nose!
snout soother balm Snout Soother
This dog nose balm is the perfect combination of 100% all natural nourishing, healing and moisturizing ingredients. It can be applied to a dog’s nose as a preventative measure for dryness and cracking or it can be used to treat painful cracking and dryness that has already occurred. Snout Soother is to dogs what ChapStick is to people.
Oatmeal Natural Paw Butter I Love Pet Head – Oatmeal Natural Paw Butter
Oatmeal Natural Paw Butter is an all-natural butter that you can use on your dog’s paws to get rid of dryness and cracking.
Just like humans, animals also need a little help to keep their bodies well-moisturized and nourished.It’s made with oatmeal, shea butter, jojoba oil, vitamins F and E, aloe vera and olive oil. It’s also free of parabens, petroleum derivatives and sulfate.
Espree Paw Balm For Dogs Espree Paw Balm For Dogs
Espree Paw Balm for Dogs takes care for your dog’s paws and reduces the chances of injury on difficult terrain such as rocky trails, hot concrete, salt and ice. This paw balm conditions and protects, to keep your dog’s paws in top condition.
Nose Balm for Dogs Snoutstik Nose Balm for Dogs
Did you know that a dog’s nose is at least a million times more sensitive than our own? Imagine how painful a dry or irritated dog nose can be!Snoutstik was created to help alleviate dry dog noses caused by exposure to the elements, allergies or heredity. Any dog’s nose will find relief with Snoutstik’s core combination of healing, natural sunscreens, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil.