Do Dogs Need Sunglasses? Are They Ever Necessary?

If there’s one thing on earth more adorable than a doggo, it’s a doggo wearing sunglasses. But is there any actual reason for putting sunglasses on dogs, other than amusing humans? Read on to find out…
Stephanie Laming - Licensed Insurance Representative of 11 years & Dog Mum to 5 year old Tina
October 6, 2022
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Do Dogs Need Sunglasses?

Dogs don’t need to wear sunglasses, generally speaking. This is because UV rays do not affect the eyes of our canine companions in the same way that they affect us.

Dogs simply do not have a long enough life span for UV rays to cause long term damage to their eyes. While human beings can develop cataracts after decades of not properly protecting their eyes from the sun, dogs only develop cataracts as a hereditary infection, or as a possible complication caused by diabetes. 

When are Sunglasses on Dogs Beneficial?

However, there are still reasons why eye protection could be helpful for certain dogs.  

Cataracts 

Dogs with cataracts, blurred vision or certain other eye conditions can benefit from eyewear. Sunglasses can help dogs with vision problems see better outside, making their vision clearer and helping them enjoy their explorations more. 

Certain breeds 

Some dog breeds are known for having eye problems, and so may be able to benefit from a good pair of shades. For example, Terriers, Shi Tzus and Pugs are part of a group of dogs known as brachycephalics, meaning their skulls are smaller than usual for a dog. 

One side effect of this is particularly prominent eyeballs, which are more likely to develop ulcers or suffer from cuts and abrasions. For such breeds, sunglasses can offer some extra eye-protection.

 

After surgery

When recovering from eye surgery, dogs can use some extra protection for their eyes. 

Sunglasses can stop dogs who are in the process of healing from a cataract removal, corneal procedure or other eye operations from trying to scratch or rub their healing eyeballs.

In many cases, dogs recovering from eye surgery are given cones known as Elizabethan collars or e-collars to prevent them from scratching. While goggles, visors, or sunglasses are sometimes used as an alternative, certain veterinary opthamologists caution that there is a risk eyewear can cause more harm than good to a dog’s eyes and that more research needs to be conducted on this.  

What Types of Sunglasses Should Dogs Wear?

Let’s have a look at some of the best options available when it comes to doggy eyewear.

Rex Specs V2 Dog Goggles 

With UV400 lenses to block out 99.9% of UV rays, a single frame rather than two frames double for extra comfort, and a choice of eight different colored lenses (or clear lenses), Rex Specs are as good as it gets when it comes to doggy sunglasses. They are water friendly and attach comfortably to your canine’s face with adjustable straps.

Doggles ILS Dog Goggles 

A brand who are true pioneers when it comes to sunglasses for dogs, Doggles Goggles are recommended by vets, built to withstand the elements, shatterproof, and offer 100% UV protection. They are comfy, durable, and one of the best options available. 

QUMY Dog Goggles 

Looking much like a pair of Raybans or Oakleys, QUMY’s offering is more affordable than most. They are also sturdy, shatterproof, and fit hounds of all sizes. 

Nvted Dog Sunglasses

Nvted’s dog sunglasses are possibly the coolest looking version of the wide-lense single frame option that some dogs prefer. Offering 100% UV Protection, they are shatterproof, waterproof, and fogproof. They fit bigger dogs particularly well, and feature an extra chin strap to make sure they stay on. 

Enjoying Small Dog Goggles 

While Nvted’s offering is best for large dogs, Enjoying is a brand that makes sunglasses especially for smaller dogs. Also one of the more affordable options, they look super-cute on your canine, and come in bright colors (or just plain black). Their deep eye caps make them suitable for dogs with protruding eyes (or brachycephalics), and they offer UV, wind and water protection.   

Final Thoughts

While most dogs will do just fine without eyewear, they can be helpful for certain dogs, particularly those who have recently had eye surgery, or those with protruding eyeballs or cataracts. The fact that doggy sunglasses also make your favorite fur-friend look super-cool is just a bonus. 

Speak to a trusted vet if you would like expert advice on whether or not your canine companion needs sunglasses.  

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