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Dr. Snyder says: Most dogs do not require extra protection for their
eyes from UV damage. The sunlight (and the UV rays that come from it) can be
harmful in a couple of circumstances, however. The most common is a disease
usually seen in German Shepherd dogs called chronic superficial keratitis (or
pannus). This disorder can cause blood vessels and tissue to cover the surface
of the eye (the cornea) and may eventually lead to blindness. UV light is
thought to cause this condition to progress. In people, UV light is thought to
contribute to cataract formation, but this link does not appear to be
significant in dogs.
However, if your dog is going to be out in very bright sun, eye protection
may simply make their eyes feel more comfortable. It will also help prevent
dust or strong winds from causing ocular irritation. If your dog will wear
them, they shouldn’t cause harm and may be useful.
Here are some examples:
Doggie Shades: These shades offer 100% UV protection, come in six
sizes and seven styles, and fit dogs of up to 200 pounds
Doggles: These glasses, offering 100% UV protection, are fashioned
after goggles and have fog-proof lenses (www.doggles.com).
4. Question: Do my dog’s feet need protection from snow and rain? What
kind of trouble can my dog’s feet get into?
Do I need Uggs for Dogs? And
are other outdoor products, such as protective vests, worth the
Dr. Snyder says: This question goes back to the answer for the first
question: it all depends on your dog and your environment. In general, dogs’
feet are naturally durable and their thick foot pads can tolerate most types of
surfaces and environments. However, those in very cold locations or dogs who
are out in the ice/snow for extended periods of time could definitely benefit
from foot protection. Also, if your dog is going to be walking on sidewalks
where ice melting-materials have been used, boots may provide additional
protection from these more caustic substances.