An adorable clip of a group of sausage dogs relaxing in the sun has gone viral on TikTok with over 600,000 views.
In the video posted by Little Dachshund Club, the camera pans over five sausage dogs sunbathing, while the caption reads: “Dachshunds are notorious sun worshippers. Where there is sun sun, there is a sausage.”
A netizen commented: “My dachshund loves the sun, he drags his little cushion in the garden to avoid shadows, still a few months to wait.”
Why do dogs love the sun?
Dogs love to sit in the sun for the same reasons humans do. It’s warm, you feel good there, you relax and it’s the perfect place to take a nap. It is a natural and essential source of vitamin D for humans, but not for dogs, which like cats lack the ability to synthesize the vitamin D precursor in their skin.
Do Dogs Need Sunscreen?
Humans without fur need sunscreen if we’re going to be out in the sun for long periods of time, but do dogs? The American Kennel Club (AKC) says yes. “Like people, dogs are prone to sunburn and other complications and illnesses associated with sun exposure. Taking certain safety precautions can reduce your dog’s risk of developing serious sun-related medical problems. This includes choosing a dog sunscreen formulated for your best friend,” the website says.
It’s important to use the right type of sunscreen for your dog, as some can cause problems. “It is very important that you only use formulas specifically intended for dog sun protection,” the AKC states. “They must not contain zinc oxide or para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), as these ingredients are toxic to dogs if ingested, and dogs often lick their skin and accidentally ingest the sunscreen It’s also a good idea to look for a waterproof, unscented dog sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30.”
Can dogs get heatstroke?
Heatstroke is one of the most serious heat-related illnesses. It occurs when the body can no longer regulate its temperature and is unable to cool itself.
The Dachshund Station website states that while a Dachshund will have a hard time withstanding the sun, it’s important to keep an eye on how long they stay to avoid heatstroke or sunburn.
TikTok users seemed envious of dogs because… who doesn’t love lounging in the sun?
Allison Fields wrote, “There really are people here living my dreams.”
The dachshunds mother said: “Such a great idea. The dachshunds I have had are exclusive and very sensitive to other breeds.”
“My dachshund will stop in the middle of walks and lay down if the weather is nice…love it!!!” Anna writes.
Newsweek has contacted the Little Dachshund Club for comment.
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