Rufus & Coco Sun Buddy Review

As we come into summer here in Australia, many of us default to the sun smart behaviour we grew up with – Slip Slop and Slap! Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. It’s a fantastic mantra and one that’s encouraged generations of Aussies to be safe in the sun.

But did you ever wonder if your dogs might need protection from some sun as well?

Believe it or not, dogs can get sunburnt too. Especially our lighter colour and shorter hair breeds. The areas around the eyes, nose, tips of the ears and the stomach are common areas in which your dog can burn, so protecting these from those damaging UV rays is important. You can find out more about why it is important to protect our pets from the sun thanks to Dr Eloise Bright here.

Kate is a predominantly black kelpie, which means her coat and skin underneath are more resistant to the sun’s rays. Unfortunately she also has a love of lying out in the garden and rolling over onto her back exposing her white haired and pink skinned underside to the sun!

In addition to this, often we find our camping and trail adventures don’t always provide reliable shade options, and we can be out for hours in the sun, meaning some sort of sun protection is needed for our longer trips.

After learning more about the importance of sun protection for dogs, it was with crazy timing that Rufus & Coco contacted me asking if I would like to try out their pet sunscreen Sun Buddy, and with my new found knowledge and summer on our doorstep of course I said yes!

The Sunscreen (RRP $16.95)

Rufus & Coco Sun Buddy is a non-toxic sunscreen specifically designed for pets. With an SPF rating of 15, Sun Buddy protects against approximately 92 per cent of the sun’s UV rays.

Sun Buddy is made up of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide that act as a barrier against UV rays and also includes Bitrex™ which is an unpleasant tasting agent that discourages your dog from licking off the sunscreen.

The cream is recommended for application 20 mins before heading out into the sun, and every two hours (and after any water activities) for maximum protection.

The Test

I squeezed a small amount of Sun Buddy onto my hands, and found the cream to be quite thick, but rubbing it between my fingers I found it not as greasy as traditional sunscreens. I started off by rubbing some of the sunscreen into Kate’s belly.

I found a little goes a long way on her, so I recommend starting off with small amounts and build up to full coverage – don’t load up your hands with it until you’ve patch tested first!

Speaking of patch testing, always test out a small amount on your dog of any new skin product to see if they develop a reaction, wait 24 hours, and if all is clear, then slather up!

As the cream is of a thicker consistency, I found I had to work harder to get it into her skin without it just getting stuck in the hairs. Once I had it all rubbed in, Kate didn’t seem bothered by it in the least and just went back to lying in the sun as if I was never there!

I was interested to see if she would try licking it off, as she does with most topical creams I attempt to put on her, but she showed no interest in it whatsoever. Although it was a different story when it came to her nose! All I can say is I’m glad it’s non toxic, because after trying it out on her nose (even though it’s black!) I could barely get the camera out before she had done her best to lick it all off!

Another thing I was looking for was how it would go fitting into Kate’s pack for hikes. The tube is small and light enough to fit into the side pockets easily, and the screw top is a definite win in keeping the contents secure.

The final test I wanted to put Sun Buddy through was it’s water resistancy, because if there is water around Kate will inevitably find her way into it! Luckily for us we were heading away to the Goobarragandra River where we could put it through it’s paces. After multiple swims I can safely say the cream wasn’t going anywhere, so much so I would recommend using less cream than I did if you don’t want a permanent ghost layer on your dog!

Rufus & Coco Sun Buddy is a great sunscreen for dogs. It ticks all the must haves on my list for sun protection and if I had to critique anything it would be how long lasting it is when used liberally. This cream would be ideal for shorter haired or dogs with little hair as the cream absorbs into the skin much easier without negotiating longer or tougher hair like Kate has.

You can purchase Rufus & Coco Sun Buddy through their website, or in Woolworths, Coles and Big W stores across Australia.

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