Your Dachshund Is At Risk For Heatstroke This Summer
Updated 05/29/2020 by Ava Jaine
Dachshunds enjoy napping in the warm sunshine. They literally melt like butter. They could lay there for hours without complaint if you let them. It’s our duty to limit the amount of time our doxies are exposed to the sun to avoid heatstroke.
I discovered some interesting reasons Why Your Dachshund Is At Risk For Heatstroke This Summer and some helpful prevention tips too.
What is Heatstroke?
Heatstroke occurs when a dog’s body temperature can’t be regulated because it is too high. If your dog spends too much time in the hot summer heat, he is at risk for heatstroke. Heatstroke is very dangerous, and when this condition is not treated, your dog’s organs will shut down and they can die.
What Causes Heatstroke in Dogs?
Dogs don’t sweat like humans do. Their skin doesn’t perspire because of their insulated fur coat. Their coats keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Dogs only have sweat glands in their paw pads and ear canals.
Your Dachshund will pant to cool off. When your dog inhales, it picks up moisture from his wet nose. That moisture traps the heat produced from his body and then is exhaled out through his mouth.
Panting helps your pup release extra body heat and maintain a comfortable temperature.
When temperatures are too high, panting can’t cool them down fast enough, which causes heatstroke.
Note: Dogs with flat faces (like pugs) can’t tolerate high temperatures and aren’t cooled by panting. Find out why flat-faced Dogs are High Risk for Heatstroke.
Why Do Dachshunds Overheat Easily?
They Love To Be Warm
Since Dachshunds love laying in the warm sunshine, they can get overheated fast…which makes them at risk for heatstroke. Don’t let your doxie get too hot and take them inside to cool down often.
In my home, my dachshund will literally hunt for that special sunny spot near a window for a cozy nap. At least inside, we have air conditioning to keep him cool and out of the extreme heat.
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. Make sure to take you dachshund inside periodically to get a cool drink and cool down. They can accidentally overdo it without knowing it. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
The Dachshund dog breed is prone to being overweight. That extra fat can cause them to overheat quickly. It acts as an insulation and can heat up really fast. Dachshunds who are obese are less energetic and tend to act more tired. The extra weight can make it harder for them to breath, which can also cause overheating.
If your Dachshund needs some help losing those extra pounds, check out our How To Keep Your Dachshund Healthy Post.
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 & 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, is pictured below. He is more at risk for sunburn because he is white and has short, thin fur. I had to learn How To Protect My Dachshund From The Sun.