In the Carolina mountains, the sun can increase in intensity quickly during the day this time of year. It's important to know that your dog can actually get sunburned. This is what Drs. Foster and Smith have to say about dog sunburn on their very comprehensive website, www.peteducation.com:
"Collies and other dog breeds such as Shetland Sheepdogs, who have no pigment on their nose can develop a condition called 'Collie Nose,' or 'nasal solar dermatitis.' This is actually caused by a hypersensitivity to the sun.
Some pets, whose hair is clipped very short over their bodies or for some reason have sparse hair can also develop sunburn where their skin is exposed. Pets susceptible to sunburn should be kept out of direct summer sun, especially in the middle of the day when the sun is particularly strong."
There are a number of sunscreen and sun protection products made especially for dogs. You can find an excellent one at the Only Natural Pet Store, one of our partner retailers. Click on the Only Natural Pet Store button under "Good Buys" for more information.