Q:

Why do dogs lay in the sun?

A:

Quick Answer

According to ANTRANIK, the reason dogs lay in the sun is because it helps them increase their levels of Vitamin D3. Both humans and animals need Vitamin D for healthy bones and joints, but dogs do not typically get vitamins from the foods they eat.

Know More
Why do dogs lay in the sun?
Credit: kristian sekulic vetta Getty Images

Full Answer

Vitamin D3 functions like a hormone. It helps the body regulate calcium levels and metabolism. According to Pekinews, humans can obtain Vitamin D3 after spending just 10 minutes outside in the sunshine. Dogs lay in the sun and absorb UV rays, which react with the natural oils on their skin and turns into Vitamin D3. The dog later licks his fur to clean himself, which results in the dog ingesting the vitamin. If the dog did not clean himself, the natural oils would remain hidden under his fur and later dissipate. Pets that don't properly clean themselves should see a veterinarian, as this lack of cleaning might indicate a serious health problem. Both dogs and cats lay in the sun because they enjoy the sunshine and the warm feeling on their bodies, but those animals also receive healthy benefits from laying in the sun. Pet owners should give their pets access to fresh air and sunshine every day.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What causes high calcium levels in dogs?

    A:

    High calcium levels in dogs, or hypercalcemia, is caused by conditions such as cancer, kidney failure, vitamin D poisoning, aluminum toxicity and diseases that cause bone deterioration, according to PetMD. Other causes include over-functioning of the parathyroid gland or an under-functioning adrenal gland.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Are hydrangeas poisonous to dogs?

    A:

    According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), certain parts of hydrangea plants are particularly toxic to dogs. The buds, flowers and leaves are highly toxic and, in extreme cases, can prove fatal.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why do dogs sneeze when they are excited?

    A:

    Dogs sneeze when they are excited to communicate to their playmates that their interaction is just play, or simply to let another animal or human know that they want to play. The play sneeze, or excited sneeze, is a way for a dog to convey his intentions to those around it.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How much do dogs sleep?

    A:

    On average, dogs sleep about 14 hours a day. Larger dogs, such as Saint Bernards, mastiffs and Newfoundlands, sleep as much as 18 hours a day. Puppies, who expend energy growing and learning, sleep for 18 to 20 hours per day.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore