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6 best sunscreens for dogs to protect your pup in the heatwave

Keep your four-legged friend safe in the heat with these dog-friendly sunscreens…

best dog sunscreens
Sophie Bates
Commerce Writer
Updated: August 12, 2022
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We know the importance of keeping our dogs cool in the hot weather, but did you know that you should be applying sunscreen regularly to your pup?

RELATED: 18 ways to keep your dog cool this summer

As the heatwave across the UK isn’t going anywhere just yet, it’s crucial to keep your dog safe from the sun, particularly those with light skin and fur. That’s why we’ve searched high and low to find the best sun creams that are specially designed to protect dogs from the heat, so you can keep your four-legged friend happy and safe this summer.

Pet Expert and Founder of, John Smith, confirms that hot weather iss tough for our pooches. "Dogs generally have poor cooling systems and can’t sweat like humans. Panting is the only way they can attempt to cool down but dogs with short muzzles have even less area to allow heat loss."

Josh continued: "If your dog is panting heavier and faster than normal then take urgent medical action. Move your dog to a shaded area and offer small amounts of water. Lie the dog on a wet towel and wet with tepid water, directing a fan on the dog or if you’re in the car, switch the air con on. This is the safest way to cool a dog down quickly. If the dog is really struggling, then you must call a vet immediately."

Best sunscreens for dogs

doggy sunstick

Petkin Doggy Sunstick, £7, Viovet 


For a non-greasy sun cream for dogs, try the Petkin Doggy Sunstick. It's been designed with a gentle formula that can be rubbed straight onto your pet, with SPF15 protection.

READ: 6 best dog paddling pools to keep your pet cool during the heatwave

petkin sun wipes

Petkin Doggy Sunwipes, £5.99, Amazon 


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c and g pet cream

C&G antibacterial sun protection cream, £8.99, Amazon 

emmys dog sunscreen

Emmy's dog sunscreen, £38.06, Amazon 

warren london dog sunscreen

Warren London dog sunscreen, £13.95, Amazon


MORE: New puppy checklist – a dog behaviour expert reveals the essential items to buy

sweet sun relief sun cream

Biteback sweet sun relief cream with sunscreen, £23.99, Amazon


Designed for dogs and horses, the Sweet Sun Relief cream protects pets from the sun with its SPF 30+ protection, as well as creating a barrier against insect bites - so it’s a must-have for pet owners in the hot summer months.

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