Your dog’s eyes are probably the feature you love most about them. After all, they seem capable of seeing right into your very soul. With this in mind, it makes sense to protect their peepers, but are dog sunglasses a realistic choice?
While some dogs may need lots of training and encouragement to keep their shades straight, the benefits are so long-lasting that you’ll be glad you both made the effort.
Duration and Intensity
Think about how utterly dependent you are on your sunglasses. Most adults cannot stand being outside without them. It’s easier to drive with them, and equally important to have them on hikes, on water, in windy conditions, on the slopes, and at the beach.
In other words, if a piece of gear is so essential to humans, why wouldn’t we extend the same consideration to the pups that gladly accompany us?
Short-nosed dogs like pugs, Shih Tzus, Boston terriers, and bulldogs all have eyes that appear to bulge out of their eye sockets. This trait could make them more susceptible to injuries to their peepers.
Similarly, dog breeds with long, shaggy hair that grows over their eyes may have trouble seeing obstacles, and can be more prone to falls or bumping into things. It’s not uncommon for dog owners to trim the hair around the eyes and then provide dog sunglasses to protect the eyes.
Indeed, bright UV rays can be deeply uncomfortable, but the risk to health is not insignificant. Overexposure to the sun’s rays can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, cancer, and other serious health conditions.
Since you’ll be carting around a variety of other doggo gear this summer, such as life jackets, water bowls, and sunscreen, why not choose a great pair of dog sunglasses or goggles to complete the look?
The Fun Factor
The research is ongoing whether the sun affects canine eyes the same way in humans (it may have something to do with our different life spans), but we do know that dog sunglasses can help with irritation. Plus, they can block out sand, dirt and wind from bothering their eyes.
And, let’s not forget, dog sunglasses look really, really smashing!
Choosing Between Dog Sunglasses
Dog sunglasses are designed to fit the contours of your dog’s cute face. Take a close look at the size and shape of their face and look for corresponding designs. To be certain you’re purchasing the right pair, take measurements of your dog’s face. Depending on the breed, you may need to purchase a pair with a deeper eye cup.
Dog sunglasses and goggles often come with adjustable straps that help keep them on. However, most dogs will benefit from an extended training period in which they learn how to accept their new accessory. In other words, don’t forget the treats, toys, and playful distractions.