Sunglasses may look like just a fashion accessory, but shades do more than make your dog appear to be a style icon. For working dogs, eye wear has been commonplace as a way to keep search and rescue dogs from getting eye injuries. They often come in contact with dangerous conditions such as smoke from fires or debris which pose a risk to the eye. While owners of working dogs see eye wear as standard operating procedure, now owners of non-working dogs are starting to "see" the benefit. This is particularly true if a dog is frequently outdoors in the sun, is often runs on the beach and can get blowing sand in the eyes, dog's with sensitive eyes, or if a dog has a eye related medical problem that requires some form of protection.
Sunglasses for dogs are closer in appearance to goggles used by humans for sporting events than human sunglasses.
Dog Sunglasses Like this pair From Doggles Are Perfect for Basic Eye Protection When Outdoors, Walking, or Going for a Car Ride
Canine Sunglass Features to Look For
Like human glasses, look for the following features when buying sunglasses for dogs or Doggles:
- Shatterproof (polycarbonate)
- Anti-fog lens
- UV Protection
- Adjustable elastic head and chin straps
One issue with choosing a pair for your dog is getting the right fit. To determine the right size, take two measurements:
- Take the "back strap and frame length" measurement by measuring across the eyes and around the ears.
- Take the "chin strap" measurement by starting measurement just under one ear, go under the chin, and buck up to under the other ear.
Follow the guidelines in the following chart to match your guidelines to the right sunglasses for your pet:
Sunglasses for Dogs Size Chart
|Size of Sunglasses for Dogs
||Back Strap and Frame Length
|Extra Small Dog Sunglasses
||1 to 10 pounds
||5 to 13 inches
||3 to 7 inches
|Small Dog Sunglasses
||9 to 25 pounds
||12 to 20 inches
||4 to 8 inches
|Medium Dog Sunglasses
||20 to 60 pounds
||15 to 25 inches
||5 to 11 inches
||Dalmation, Border Collie
|Large Dog Sunglasses
||50 to 100 pounds
||18 to 30 inches
||6 to 16 inches
||German Shepherd, Labrador
|Extra Large Dog Sunglasses
||100 plus pounds
||22 to 45 inches
||11 to 26 inches
||Large Rottweiler, St. Bernard
When trying on sunglasses for dogs or doggles (doggie goggles) make sure that each eye piece rests comfortably on the eye. The goggle part of the glasses should also be deep enough to accommodate dogs with bulging eyes.
Dog Sunglass Brands
The most popular brand of canine sunglasses is Doggles. Typically, they cost under $20 and are discounted on sites such as Amazon.com. The site also includes consumer reviews of each type, greatly simplifying the buying process. They are also good about returns.
These Sunglasses for Dogs are Stylish and Provide UV Protection from the Sun
Introducing Dog Goggles or Sunglasses to Your Pet
It's important to familiarize your dog with the sunglasses before putting them on. Do not do this indoors as the goggles will appear even darker to the dog inside the house. Instead, have your dog sniff the glasses. Provide a treat or two associating the doggie glasses with something pleasurable or rewarding. After your dog is familiar slip them on. If your dog doesn't like them, take them off, and repeat the procedure the following day.
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