Even the most active Dachshund succumbs to the warmth of a sunshine nap anywhere, anytime. It’s there favorite thing in life, second to food that is. It’s important to limit the amount of time our doxies are exposed to the sun to avoid heatstroke.
Discover Why Your Dachshund Is At Risk For Heatstroke and learn some helpful prevention tips too.
Dachshunds love taking warm sunshine naps inside and outside. They literally melt like butter in the warm heat of the sun. Problem is, they can get overheated fast – without knowing it. Don’t let your doxie bask in the sunshine too long.
My Dachshunds will literally hunt for that special sunny spot beaming down from a window. At least inside, we have air conditioning to keep their body temperature cool.
Dachshunds are natural born hunters and they are famous for intense digging. They love to dig down deep to catch those little moles that hide in your backyard.
Help your doxie take small breaks from their dig to rehydrate and cool down. Again, your dog can accidentally overdo it without knowing any better. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
The Dachshund dog breed is prone to obesity. Any extra body fat acts as an insulator and can heat up quickly.
Dachshunds who are overweight are less energetic and tend to act more tired. Carrying that extra weight can make them overheat and make it harder for them to breath.
If your Dachshund has any issues with their thyroid, they will be more prone to overheating and heatstroke. The thyroid is in charge of regulating their internal body temperature. If they have a thyroid issue, it is best to keep them out of the heat.
Coat Thickness and Color
If you have a long-hair, black-colored Dachshund, they are more at risk of overheating than a light-colored doxie. This is because of their fur thickness and dark color.
The color black absorbs all light and heat. The darker the doxie, the hotter the doxie.
Now, on the other hand, having a lighter or whiter Dachshund can have it’s cons as well. My Dachshund, Eko (pictured below) is more at risk for sunburn because he is white and has short, thin fur.
Never Ever Leave Your Dachshund in the car on any type of day!
Even with the windows cracked, your car can get as hot as an oven and will kill your dog in minutes. It is illegal to leave your dog in the car in many states. I wish it would be illegal everywhere.
Do you have a long-hair or wire-hair Dachshund? If you are thinking about giving your doxie a super short haircut this summer, be very careful how short you go.
Shorter hair won’t protect your dog from sunburn, it will reveal more skin. The longer hair acts as a nice sun barrier that is protecting them from the sun.
So, yes, for the heat, give them a nice trim, but don’t take off too much of the length to prevent sunburn.
Avoid Dog Houses
Don’t let your Dachshund hang out in an outdoor dog house. Dog houses hold in the extreme heat because they don’t have the proper air flow to stay cool. Provide a cool open-air, shaded area for your dog instead.
If it is just too blasted hot outside, you and your doxie can enjoy some fun games and exercise in the cool air conditioning. If you don’t have air conditioning, stay cool with some house fans or in a puppy pool.
Note: Never dunk your dog’s entire body in cold water. The sudden change in temperature could cause them to go into shock.
You know this summer is going to be super hot, heatstroke is a risk and so is sunburn. Protect your Dachshund’s delicate skin from too much sun exposure. It’s better to prevent a sunburn than to have to deal with the painful affects of sun damage.