Just like humans, cats and dogs come in all different shapes, sizes, colours, and degree of hairiness! For this reason, some breeds of cats and dogs are more prone to sunburn than others, which can lead to more serious health risks such as cancer. Read on to find out how to best combat the risk of sunburn so that you pet can still enjoy the outdoors safely!

The most susceptible to Sunburn

Just like humans, cats and dogs with fair skin and light coloured fur are more susceptible to sunburn. This could be due to their breed, thinning hair during their old age, or even due to having a white nose. Always be on the lookout for exposed, fair skin on your pets when they are enjoying the sunshine.

Breeds most likely to need protection


  • Dalmatian
  • Chinese Crested Dog
  • West Highland Terrier
  • English Pointer
  • Jack Russell
  • Chihuahua
  • Beagle
  • Boxer (white)
  • Whippet
  • Dogo Argentino


  • Devon Rex
  • Cornish Rex
  • Sphynx
  • Siamese

 Sun Protection

Sunscreen – You can buy pet-specific sunscreen online or in pet shops and veterinary clinics. It is important to note that human sunscreen is not suitable for your pets, as it contains ingredients that can be hazardous to your furry friend.

Protective Gear – You can purchase a variety or sun-protective clothing and accessories, such as hats or sun shirts for your furry friends. Aside from being functional, they are also bound to look extremely cute! If you get them used to wearing them from an early age, they will enjoy getting ready for their outdoor time and putting on their protective gear.

Provided by Australian Pet Care Association (APCA) – Become a member with us at https://www.australianpetcareassociation.com.au/membership/application/ or contact us anytime by emailing info@australianpetcareassociation.com.au