Any Dachshund owner knows that our beloved Doxies love the heat way more than the cold. Their short, single coats are well-suited to handle the increased heat as the temperatures climb.
However, although Dachshunds are happy-go-lucky creatures usually up for anything, you’ll still need to take certain precautions in the summer’s heat.
In this blog post, we’ll look at summer care for Dachshunds and how you can keep your Dachshund cool in hot weather.
How To Keep Dachshunds Cool
Although Dachshunds have single coats that are usually short, they still could use a little help trying to cool down during summer. If you have a long-haired Doxie, you might also consider giving their coats a trim (not shave!) during summer.
Provide Plenty Of Water
Water is important for dogs during summer because they can easily dehydrate due to the hot weather. Dogs do not sweat like humans, so they use panting to regulate their body temperature. This panting process can cause dogs to lose a significant amount of moisture from their bodies, leading to dehydration if they are not properly hydrated.
Drinking enough water is crucial for a dog's overall health and well-being. Without enough water, in severe cases, dogs can experience symptoms such as lethargy, dry mouth, sunken eyes, loss of appetite, and even organ failure. Additionally, adequate hydration helps to maintain healthy skin and coat, regulate body temperature, and support the proper function of internal organs.
During the summer months, it is important to ensure that your dog has access to plenty of fresh, clean water. If you are taking your Dachshund on walks or to the park, bring a water bottle so they can drink as needed. You can also offer your Doxie ice cubes or frozen treats made from water to help them stay cool and hydrated.
If you're in need of a portable water bottle for your furry friend, we have a Dog Water Bottle Collection that you can browse. Here are two best-selling options that we recommend:
Leak Proof Portable Dog Water Bottle: This water bottle is designed for convenience, durability, and portability. It features a leak-proof design and a compact size that makes it easy to carry on walks or hikes. With a simple press of the water key, water will flow out to the cap for your Dachshund to drink, while any unfinished water can easily flow back into the bottle to avoid waste. This water bottle is available in both 350ml and 550ml capacities to suit your needs.
Dog Travel 4-in-1 Portable Water Bottle Feeder: This upgraded version of the previous water bottle is a must-have for active pet owners. It not only features a water bottle, but also includes a food box, a poop bag container and a pooper scooper attached to it, making it a convenient and versatile tool for outdoor activities. This 4-in-1 water bottle is perfect for hiking or traveling with your Dachshund and ensures that your furry friend stays hydrated and well-fed while on the go.
When choosing a water bottle for your Dachshund, it's important to consider factors such as size, durability, and portability. With our Dog Water Bottle Collection, you can find a variety of options that suit your needs and preferences. Always ensure that your Dachshund has access to fresh water when needed, especially during hot weather, to prevent dehydration and other health issues.
Swimming is an excellent form of low-impact exercise for Dachshunds, especially those with arthritis or mobility issues. Unlike high-impact exercises, swimming engages multiple muscle groups without putting strain on their joints, making it a great option for maintaining your Dachshund's physical health.
Ensuring that your dog is comfortable and confident in the water is crucial before introducing them to swimming. Not all Dachshunds are natural swimmers, so some may need training or assistance to feel comfortable in the water. Start by introducing your dog to shallow water, and gradually increase the depth as they become more confident.
If your Dachshund is not a confident swimmer, we highly recommend using a life jacket to prevent the risk of drowning. Our Shark & Mermaid Dog Life Jacket is a great option, as it is made from high-quality nylon and strategically placed foam for a comfortable fit and maximum buoyancy. Plus, its adorable design will make your dog the most stylish swimmer in the pool.
When selecting a swimming location for your Dachshund, it's important to choose a safe area free of underwater hazards such as strong currents or obstacles. If you are swimming in a pool, make sure there is a ramp or steps for your Dachshund to easily enter and exit the pool.
After swimming, it's crucial to rinse your Dachshund with fresh water to remove any chlorine or salt from their coat. Drying your Dachshund thoroughly is also important to prevent them from getting chilled. Consider using a pet bathrobe and beach towel like the Pet Bathrobe & Beach Towel. This ultra-soft and absorbent coat is perfect for drying your Dachshund after swimming and can also be used as a carry-on piece for added convenience.
Ensure Plenty Of Airflow
Ensuring plenty of airflow in your house during summer can help keep your home cool and comfortable, not just for your sausage dog but for you as well!
Open windows and doors: Open windows and doors on opposite sides of the house to create cross-ventilation. This will allow a natural flow of air to move through your home.
Use fans: Ceiling and portable fans can help circulate air and create a cooling breeze. Position fans near windows or doors to direct fresh air into your home.
Install air vents: Air vents can help to promote airflow and prevent stagnant air from building up in your home. Make sure that air vents are not blocked by furniture or other objects.
Use natural ventilation: If your home has a vented attic or crawl space, use natural ventilation to help move hot air out of your home. You can also use a whole-house fan to draw hot air out of your home and bring in cool air from outside.
Shade windows: Use blinds, curtains, or shades to block out direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day. This will help to prevent heat from building up in your home and reduce the need for air conditioning.
Use air conditioning wisely: If you have air conditioning, use it wisely to conserve energy and promote airflow. Set the temperature at a comfortable level and ensure that furniture or other objects do not block air vents.
Use A Cooling Pad Or Vest
Cooling pads and vests are excellent tools to help keep your Dachshund cool during hot weather. They can be especially useful for older or overweight dogs, who are more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Here are a few more points to consider:
How cooling pads work: Cooling pads are typically filled with a cooling gel or have a special interior that regulates temperature. When your dog lies on the pad, the gel or interior absorbs their body heat and dissipates it into the air. This helps to regulate your dog's body temperature and keep them comfortable.
How cooling vests work: Cooling vests work in a similar way to cooling pads, but are worn directly on your dog's body. They often feature special materials or pockets that can hold ice packs, helping to keep your dog cool even in extreme heat.
Introducing our Dog Cooling Vest Jacket! Made with breathable and moisture-wicking materials, this vest is designed to keep your furry friend cool and comfortable during outdoor adventures. Just soak the vest in water, wring out the excess, and let your Dachshund wear it for a refreshing experience.
How to choose the right product: When choosing a cooling pad or vest, it's important to consider the size and weight of your Dachshund, as well as their activity level. A smaller dog may not need as large of a pad or vest as a larger dog. Additionally, a highly active dog may need a vest with additional cooling features, such as ice pack pockets.
By incorporating cooling pads or vests into your Dachshund's routine, you can help keep them comfortable and safe during hot weather. However, it's important to remember that these products are not a substitute for proper care and supervision. Always monitor your Dachshund's activity level and adjust their routine as needed to prevent heat-related illnesses.
Sun Protection For Dachshunds
Dachshunds have a short coat that is well-suited for hot summer months but also makes them more vulnerable to sunburn. It is essential to protect your furry friend from the sun's harmful rays by taking extra precautions.
One of the first things you can do is choose the right sunblock. It's important to note that not all human sunscreen products are safe for dogs. Avoid using sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), as these ingredients can be harmful to dogs if ingested. It’s recommended that you can find a pet-specific sunblock that is safe for dogs and apply it to sensitive areas such as the nose, ears, and belly. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and reapply as needed.
Providing shade is another important way to protect your Dachshund from the sun. You can use a covered patio, shade sail, tree, or even an umbrella or pop-up tent at the beach or park.
Consider dressing your Dachshund in lightweight clothing or accessories designed for sun protection such as dog shirts, hats, and visors.
Additionally, hot surfaces such as pavement or sand can be very uncomfortable for your Dachshund. Consider using booties or paw wax to protect their paws when they are walking on hot surfaces.
By taking these extra steps, you can keep your Dachshund safe and comfortable during the hot summer months while still enjoying outdoor activities together.
Watch Out For Heat-Related Illness
Heatstroke and heat exhaustion are two common heat-related illnesses that can affect dogs, especially during the summer months. It's important to understand the signs and symptoms of both conditions and take preventative measures to keep your furry friend safe.
Heatstroke is a serious condition that occurs when a dog's body temperature rises to dangerous levels. Symptoms of heatstroke in Dachshunds can include excessive panting and drooling, rapid heartbeat and breathing, weakness and lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea, and even collapse or loss of consciousness. If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms, it's important to seek veterinary care immediately.
Heat exhaustion, on the other hand, is a milder form of heatstroke that can occur when a dog becomes overheated. Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy panting, lethargy, drooling, and a rapid heart rate. If left untreated, heat exhaustion can progress to heatstroke.
To prevent both heatstroke and heat exhaustion, it's important to avoid exercising or spending time outdoors during the hottest parts of the day, usually between 10 am and 4 pm. When spending time outdoors, provide plenty of fresh water and shade. It's crucial never to leave your Dachshund in a parked car, as temperatures inside a car can rise rapidly and cause heatstroke.
It's also important to monitor your Dachshund's activity level and adjust their exercise routine accordingly. Overexertion in hot weather can quickly lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke, so be sure to take frequent breaks and provide your dog with water.
If you suspect that your Dachshund is suffering from heatstroke or heat exhaustion, move them to a cool, shaded area and offer them water. You can also use cool water or ice packs on their head and neck to help lower their body temperature. However, it's crucial to seek veterinary care immediately if you suspect heatstroke, as it can quickly become a life-threatening condition.
In addition to these preventative measures, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, so you can take action quickly if your dog shows any symptoms. By taking these steps, you can help ensure that your Dachshund stays safe and healthy during the hot summer months.
Summertime opens up a whole new world of activities, but you’ll still need to keep your sausage dog cool to prevent any heat-related illnesses. Watch your Doxie carefully for signs of overheating, and enjoy the summer!