Dog Baseball Caps Are the Fashion Accessory Your Pup Needs This Summer
If you have fair skin, you know the struggle that is summertime sunshine all too well. But humans aren't the only ones that have to worry about catching too many rays—our pets are at risk for sunburn, too! Keep them safe this summer with dog-safe sunscreen and, yes, even dog baseball caps.
Is My Dog at Risk for Skin Cancer?
Certain breeds are more at risk for sun damage. According to Michael Childress, DVM, MS, DACVIM, and Head of the Oncology Section at Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine, breeds with low pigmentation in their skin and thin hair, such as greyhounds, beagles, and white dog breeds, have an increased risk of developing cancers from exposure to UV light.
But, even if you don't have an at-risk breed, all dogs' noses and tips of their ears are sensitive to the sun, according to Lynn Buzhardt, a DVM with VCA Hospitals. But before you reach for the Coppertone, Buzhardt says, be aware that human sunscreens aren't suitable for pups.
Benefits of Dog Baseball Caps
While there are dog sunscreens on the market, you can also try protecting your pup with a functional and fashionable dog baseball hat. Plus, some options have cooling layers, and those made of cotton or canvas can be soaked in water before putting on your furry friend to help cool them off AND protect their eyes and skin from UV rays at the same time.
But, unlike human baseball caps, dog hats aren't a one size fits all. To ensure proper sun protection, measure the space between your dog's ears, and follow the guidelines listed in the product information of each baseball cap.
If your dog's baseball cap is the right size, but they keep trying to take it off, don't force it! Use a sunscreen or keep them indoors during peak sunlight hours to protect them instead.