Sunlight and Canine Health are very closely connected. More than often you will notice a dog enjoying a sunbath wherever it finds fit. It turns out that there is a bit more to it than just the feel good factor which is associated with sunbathing. Much like us humans dogs /to savor lying and relaxing in the sun to a great extent. It is among the lesser known facts that dogs just like human beings derive Vitamin D from the sun’s rays. It is a process where the sun’s UV ray breaks down and converts the oil in the skin into an essential Vitamin D. Bathing in the sun is one of the simple pleasures of a dog no matter how oblivious it is to the scientific aspect and benefits of the same. In the case of us humans, the Vitamin D is automatically regenerated back into the skin that consequently enters the blood stream. However, this process on a Dog functions quite differently. A few common dog breeds that simply love sunbathing are Labrador retriever, a golden retriever, Chihuahua, Bulldog, etc. A dog randomly snoozing or curling up in the sun is the most common view that one gets to see.
Firstly let’s discuss Vitamin D which is commonly referred to as the Sunshine Vitamin. The consumption of a sufficient amount of Vitamin D is of utmost importance as it contributes to the growth of teeth and bones. Moreover, it is not a vitamin but a hormone that controls the mineral metabolism in the dog’s body. So, to round it off a dog laying in the sun helps in the maintenance of its bone structure which is vital in cases of larger dog breeds.
Be it small or large breeds of dogs all canine sun-seekers require to intake a certain amount of Vitamin D. As previously mentioned furred animals do not consume Vitamin D in the same manner as humans do. The skin of dogs contains the same chemical oil that gets converted to Vitamin D3 while they lay in the sun. The difference in the absorption of the vitamin is that it doesn’t happen automatically. The vitamin enters a dog’s body orally only when they lick their fur as is seen as a common trait in any dog. The consumption of Vitamin D not only helps in maintain calcium in the bones but it also keeps a healthy heart, maintains nerves and muscles. This is the very reason why a dog should be allowed to laze around in the sunlight, in moderation as it indirectly contributes to the betterment of their health.
In the new dog’s study, similar results were found in comparison to human studies. According to the research, low levels of Vit-D leads to high rate of heart diseases and failures in dogs. The fur of dogs acts as a brilliant non-conductor against debris and elements that prevent the dermal immersion of Vitamin D into the dog’s body. However, the vitamin D that is created through … Read More