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Doc is In - Ouch! Do dogs sunburn?

By definition, a sunburn is redness of the skin with or without skin blistering that is caused by exposure to excessive amounts of sunlight. Sunburns are a common problem for people, but not very common in most animal species.

Dogs that have thick fur or pigmented skin are somewhat protected by the damaging ultraviolet light. However, dogs with light color fur or a thin hair coat are more likely to be affected.

According to Dr. Chris Reeder, a veterinary dermatologist with the Animal Dermatology Clinic in Louisville, Kentucky, “All dogs are susceptible to sunburns, but sunburns are more common in dog breeds such as Dalmatians, that have short, light colored hair coat and light pigmented skin.”

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