can labradoodles get sunburned

Can Labradoodles Get Sunburned?

If you own a Labradoodle, you probably know how much they love to be outside. And your dog probably also loves to be around the water as much as any fish.

Well, when you are going outside on a hot summer day, one of the precautions you take is to use plenty of sunscreens. You have most likely been sunburned at least a few times in your life and know how painful those can be.

What about your Labradoodle?

Can your Doodle get sunburned? YES. Labradoodles can get sunburned just as easily as people. While their coats provide UV protection to most of their bodies, there are several places on their bodies that are sensitive to sunburn including their eyes, belly, nose, and mouths.

Sunburns are equally as painful for your Doodle as they are for you.

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Is your Labradoodle more likely to get sunburned? All Doodles can get sunburns, but Yellow Doodles are more likely than their Black or Chocolate counterparts.

You should do everything in your power to prevent sunburns and knowing how to treat them if your Doodle is unlucky enough to get one can also prove priceless.

What Causes Sunburns in Labradoodles

Sunburns on humans are due to the same cause as on your dog: Ultra Violet light from the sun or some artificial source like the light bulbs in a tanning bed light(which I hope you don’t use for your dog though!).

The particular UV light ray is normally associated with sunburns and is called UV B.

The other type is called UV A, and that is the typical source that’s connected to skin cancer in both animals and humans.

So, when looking to protect your dog against sunburns, be on the lookout for methods that can block light rays from both the A and B spectrums simultaneously.

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Do not think for even a second that your dog is safe just because you are only exercising him on a cloudy day.

The Mayo Clinic has a page on sunburns and skin cancer, and according to that, 80% of the damaging UV rays can easily cut through the clouds and damage your pup’s sensitive parts.

Are Sunburns on Dogs the Same as Human Sunburns?

Dogs and humans share many similarities, and the cause of your dog’s sunburn is exactly the same as your own sunburn.

An example of this is that when you get exposed to the UV rays of the Sun, your body starts to increase its production of melanin. This makes the skin of humans turn darker.

This is what we call a suntan.

And Labradoodles can technically get a suntan as well.

And just like with you, your dog’s body will also increase melanin production. And that is great because melanin is fantastic to protect the body against the UV B rays that are the cause of skin cancer.

You have most likely noticed that if there is a part of your body that is covered when you are outside, you won’t get a tan in those areas?

Think about where you are wearing a watch band or a ring.

Your dog’s coat acts like a raincoat. It protects almost all of his body against the disastrous effects of UV B.

Areas on Your Labradoodle That Gets Sunburned

Unfortunately, there are some places that are not protected from the sun’s beastly rays. Those include:

  • Nose
  • Eyes
  • Mouth
  • Underbellies
  • Ears (tips and inside flap)

These are all less hairy parts of your Labradoodles body and they are at risk every time you take your dog out into the sun, no matter what the temperature or the time of year it is.

This is why a lot of skiers end up with harsh sunburns even though it is the middle of the winter.

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Notice how this Doodles nose loses pigment as it gets to the tip. This area of his nose is more likely to get a sunburn because the pigmented, darker areas protect the dog from the UV B rays.

Some of these areas can be a bit more tricky than others to protect.

For that purpose, I have created a complete guide to protecting your furry friend from the harmful UV B rays below, including the best possible products you can buy to save your Doodle from days of painful recovery.

What Color of Labradoodle is More Prone to Sunburn?

The fact that Yellow Doodles naturally have less pigment in their skin, means they are more at risk than their darker counterparts like a Black Doodle.

This is even more pronounced in the lighter colors of Labradoodles that lack pigment in their noses and eyelids.

How To Prevent Labradoodle Sunburns

There are quite a lot of products, both good and bad, that you can use to protect your dog from the sun. And they can be found on any online marketplace that deals with pet supplies.

Allow me to mention a few of my preferred methods for keeping my dog safe and comfortable while we are outside and about during the hot summer days.

Keep him inside or in the shade

The first piece of advice I can offer is also the most basic method for protecting your dog during the most intensely hot months of the year, and that is to pretty much keep them out of the sun.

Taking your Doodle for walks in the colder hours of the evening or morning when the UV rays are not as strong is a pretty much-guaranteed method to avoid getting sunburned.

Your dog will typically seek out the shady places in the garden if he can’t be inside with you. So, make sure that your garden has some shade to offer for all hours of the day.


Staying in the shade all day isn’t always an option, maybe you are camping or you just don’t want to let the sun keep you inside.

There are quite a few sunscreen options for a dog.


There are two ingredients in the sunscreen made for people that are TOXIC to dogs.

Here are a few suggestions of brands found on Amazon that I’ve previously tried and would recommend.

Epi-Pet K-9 Care Sunscreen (Amazon link)

This sunblock not only protects your dog’s nose against the sun but also adds a little moisture as well.

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  • Protects from Sun
  • Skin and coat conditioner
  • Aroma Therapy
  • Non-greasy and non-oily Solution
  • Only FDA Compliant Pet Sunscreen

Protects against not only UV-A but also UV-B and UV-C.

A great thing about this product is that it’s non-greasy, which means that it doesn’t collect any dirt, and it’s also waterproof.

This is the most expensive product on the list for the reason that it is probably also the most durable you can buy, and the risk of this fading or being flushed away from your dog is highly improbable.

Another fine product from Petkin that a lot of people really seem to like is the Sun Wipes (Amazon link). It’s pretty smart how these works, and it’s really nice that you can quickly apply the sunscreen using these wipes without the greasy mess of regular creams.

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  • Petkin Sunscreen Sunwipes for Dogs – Just like people, dogs need protection from the sun. Petkin Doggy Sunwipes are a convenient way to protect your dog from the sun's harmful UV rays whenever they're outdoors. Includes 20 wipes, SPF 15.
  • Not Greasy or Sticky – Each pet friendly sunscreen wipe is moistened with a gentle non-greasy formula developed especially for dogs. Compares to SPF 15 rated sunscreens for humans. Vanilla coconut scent.
  • Veterinarian Approved – Simply wipe all over anytime your dog is out in the sun, especially on ears, nose, muzzle, pink skin areas and entire coat of light colored or short haired dogs. Provides instant sun protection.
  • Super Convenient – An ideal pack-size for keeping handy in your purse or backpack. Apply at least every 2 hours. Use with our Doggy Sunstick and Doggy Sunmist for additional sunscreen protection.
  • Easy to Use – To open, lift bottom edge of front label. Remove and unfold cloth. Reseal package by firmly pressing label back down.

These seem nice because you can carry them with the rest of your dog gear pretty easily. Having a regular sunscreen container leak into your bag would usually mean a lot of mess, but not with these.

Kickred Dog Shirt

The Kickred Dog Shirt (Amazon link) is a great option where you can equip your dog with it and not have to worry about it during the day.

Using shirts like these means that you will only have to make sure to keep up with sunscreen on your Doodles’ nose and ears, but a shirt such as this will take care of its’ belly during the entire day.

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  • PREMIUM QUALITY MATERIAL - Made of sportswear fabric, soft & stretchy & skin-friendly, bring the dog a comfortable wearing experience. Durable and flexible outer shell with excellent sewing workmanship. Pullover design for easy to put on & off. Machine washable.
  • WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS - Providing UV protection against the sun's harmful rays, and fitted perfectly to assist with containment of shedded dog hairs. Perfect for playing at home, wearing to the park! Great for summer vacations, holidays and sun beach, etc. There are the best dog shirts for Spring and Summer!
  • FASHIONABLE DESIGN - Vivid colors and simple styles, providing your pets with a sense of vitality, making your dogs look more charming and stylish. The dog vest keeps your pup cozy and trend-right for every journey!
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Goggles for dogs

Finally, let’s see what options there are for your dog’s eyes.

I don’t know if you have ever sunburned your eyes, but I have, and let me tell you that it is an unbearable experience.

But is it in any way possible to prevent it? You can’t exactly apply sunscreen to your eyes, and would probably feel even worse than the actual sunburn.

The best option for us humans is, of course, a good old pair of sunglasses.

So, let’s look at the same thing for a Labradoodle.

There are several options of UV-protected sunglasses for a dog.

When looking at user reviews, this is the pair I recommend that you try if you want to make sure your dog’s eyes are protected during your next outdoor adventure.

PEDOMUS Dog Sunglasses

These PEDOMUS sunglasses (Amazon link) can be adjusted to always be a perfect fit for your specific dog, and they can be used anywhere from a sunny day at the beach, to a ski trip to Aspen.

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  • Superb Material: The lens is made of high quality polycarbonate, which can filter and reduce UV, UV400, Infra Red and visible light intensity. Protect your pets’ eyes from snow, UV, wind, dust and fog.
  • Adjustable Strap: The strap use high-elasticity elastic band, adjustable elastic cord fit for different head shapes which can let your pets wear the sunglasses in comfortable and firm manner.
  • Good Protection for Outdoor Activities: The dog goggles will be a good protection aids for your pet if you want to do some outdoor activities with your pets such as skiing, climbing and swimming etc.
  • Sponge Pad Inside: Sponge is padded around the lenses, high density sponge has a great breathable effect and thermal performance perfectly alleviating eyestrain or the pressure from the shaft and the dog is not uncomfortable to wear normally.
  • Super Cool Style:The pet goggles with fashionable shape would be a good gear to dress up your pets in an attractive look. Each dog has a difference in body size. Before buying, we strongly recommend that you measure your dog's head size to ensure that our products are suitable for your dog.

How to Know if a Labradoodle Has a Sunburn

There aren’t really any big differences in sunburns between us and our dogs, the biggest difference really is the fact that it is much harder to spot in our dogs.

When my legs or back is sunburned, it is painfully obvious for everybody to see because such a large area has been affected.

Signs that your Labradoodle is sunburned include

  • Swelling
  • Blisters
  • Lack of appetite
  • Pinkness or redness in the skin
  • Skin that feels hot to the touch
  • Skin that is painful to the touch

If you see that your dog looks to be in pain whenever you touch him or if he feels especially warm in any of the areas I talked about earlier, you should really give him a good checkup.

As with most sunburns on humans, the skin turning red is your first indicator. If you notice your dog’s skin has a red or pink hue and it feels warm to the touch, it is very likely that he has a sunburn.

The deciding factor is if you notice that simply touching him is a cause of pain.

If your dog whines and/or tries to move away from your touch, then it is time to look into some home remedies to help him with the pain.

But the most important thing to do if your dog has sunburn is that you will need to take some actions that will help him maintain body temperature in the area between 100 and 102 degrees.

Treating Your Doodles’ Sunburn

For simple or mild sunburns, an easy solution is to use a cool compress. A wet rag is often enough if your dog will remain calm enough for it to stay in place.

If you experience that the wet rag keeps falling off, you can always get an old t-shirt and soak it and then put it on your dog and let him cool off that way.

Setting a fan beside the dog with a wet t-shirt will also provide some additional help to keep him cool.

If you end up contacting a vet, you might also be provided an aloe vera gel that is approved for use on animals. Don’t just go buy any random product off the shelf without consulting your vet first.

With more severe burns, especially anything involving blisters and the like, you will have to consult your vet right away.

Your vet will then be able to put your mind a bit at ease and can probably also offer some comfort that will help more than any home remedy you might have found online.

The Consequences of Sunburn

A dog doesn’t have the best of systems to control their body temperatures.

The best home remedies from above will be those that can help ease your Labradoodles’ discomfort and cool his body at the same time.

If you notice your dogs’ body temperatures start to climb above 102, you will face additional problems that can prove fatal.

Those possible fatal issues that sunburns can lead to include:

  • Heatstroke
  • Dehydration
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Liver and kidney failure

Just because of the serious nature of some complications related to heat, I would advise that you check your dog’s temperature often. How often you should measure it depends on how severe the sunburn is.

If the sunburn is serious enough that you find yourself quite worried about your dogs’ temperature, then you should surely seek the advice of the nearest qualified vet.

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