We love the way goggles look on our dogs, but are sunglasses really good for dogs, or just a human indulgence? As dog parents, we did our research and here's what we found.
Though dogs don't live long enough to have the same issues with UV light as humans, protecting their eyes from the sun can still be beneficial. While uncommon, UV light can increase your dog's chance of developing a certain kind of ocular cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. It can also contribute to diseases like pannus (chronic superficial keratitis), which is a hereditary disease that is worsened by UV radiation.
Furthermore, certain breeds with prominent eyeballs, called brachycephalics (like Boston Terriers, Shih Tzus and Pugs), are more likely to have issues with their eyes simply because they are more likely to run into obstacles that can harm their eyes. These breeds, as well as blind dogs, would especially benefit from protective eyewear.
Finally, like humans, dogs may benefit from wearing sunglasses to shield their eyes from the discomfort caused by bright lights. As dogs age, the muscles that control their pupils are no longer able to close the pupil down, a condition called iris atrophy. This means that their pupils stay dilated which makes them more sensitive to light. Signs that your dog may have eye pain including squinting, redness, tearing, pawing or rubbing at the eye may be signs of a more serious condition and may warrant a visit to the vet.
So if you're thinking of getting those sungoggles for your pup, go ahead and splurge! Starting at $7.99 a pair, they are well worth it. They come in many colors and styles, including this cute rimless style.