Dachshund Allergies

Itchy Dachshund Allergies | Symptoms & Solutions

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You know it’s allergy season when you start sneezing randomly and itching your watery eyes. We humans aren’t the only ones who suffer from allergies, many dogs get them too.  Seasonal allergies, food allergies, you name it.

Let’s take a look at the symptoms and solutions to those darn Itchy Dachshund Allergies.

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If you notice your dachshund excessively scratching, sneezing, or just acting uncomfortable, there is a big chance they have allergies.  It is important to find out what your doxie is allergic to before it leads to more harmful complications.

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Are Dachshunds Prone to Allergies?

Allergies are an immune response to specific substances, called allergens, which can cause illness and irritation. 

Different foods and various environmental allergies can occur in any dog, but there are some dog breeds that are more susceptible to allergies than others.  Dachshunds, German Shepherds, Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, and Pugs are more likely to develop allergies.

Dachshunds are mostly prone to itchy allergic skin, which unfortunately can lead to a nasty yeast infection.  Finding out the true source to your dachshund’s allergies can help prevent more serious illness.

Common Allergy Symptoms in Dachshunds

  • Itchy, dry skin
  • Scratching, biting
  • Hair Loss
  • Rash, red bumps
  • Sneezing
  • Watery Eyes
  • Paw licking and chewing
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nasal Discharge
  • Constant Ear Infections
  • Excessive Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Swelled Face

An allergic response can occur when the allergen is eaten, absorbed in the skin, or inhaled.

The Dachshund’s most common symptom associated with allergies is Itchy, Irritated Skin. 

Ear Infections are another common symptom of an allergy. Your doxie’s ears will produce a heavy amount of ear wax when exposed to an allergen, which can lead to an ear infection.  So, if your dog is constantly going to the vet with an ear infection, it’s probably allergies.

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Note: If your dog has an extreme reaction to an allergen, it could cause anaphylaxis.  This includes difficulty breathing, shock, vomiting, and incontinence.  If you notice any of these symptoms, get your pup to the vet immediately.

Most Common Dachshund Allergens

  • Food
  • Pollen (Seasonal)
  • Bugs
  • Vaccines
  • Chemicals
  • Fur

Food Allergies

Processed dog foods include food coloring, additives, and preservatives which cause several allergy issues.

Corn, carrots, wheat (gluten), rice, soy, dairy, and meat ingredients are the biggest food allergy culprits! 

Dachshunds have a hard time digesting starchy vegetables like corn and carrots.  Unfortunately, corn is a common filler ingredient in most dog foods.

Always check the dog food label and avoid foods that use a lot of starchy fillers, especially in the first 5 ingredients.  Here are some of the top food allergens in pet food according to BMC Veterinary Research.

What Food Is My Dog Allergic To?

My dog, Artemus, was severely allergic to anything Beef Flavored.  We bought him a large beef flavored cow femur from the store and the next day he was vomiting, licking and itching his paws.  His face was severely bloated like a balloon.  That was a pretty clear indication that beef was one of his allergies.

If you believe your doxie is allergic to a certain meat like beef or chicken, check out some of the dog foods that have duck, salmon, turkey, and venison as their main ingredient instead.

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Giving your dachshund a limited ingredient, hypoallergenic dog food can help alleviate allergy symptoms.  Check out the Dog Food Advisor website for a list of recommended dog foods available.

Switching up your dog’s regular food once in a while will ensure they are getting the proper amount of nutrition that different dog food recipes provide. 

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If you just can’t find the dog food that works for your pup, consult your vet for their recommendations.

Seasonal Allergies:

If your doxie tends to lick or itch during certain times of the year, they may have an Inhalation Allergy (aka Canine Atopy). 

Symptoms include: sneezing, itching, rubbing their face, and licking their paws.  This is caused by seasonal pollen. This is a lot like hay fever for people.  Instead of respiratory problems, doxies are more affected with sneezing and itchy skin issues.

The Dachshund dog breed is more likely to be affected by seasonal pollen than other dog breeds. 

Think about it, Dachshunds are lower to the ground.  Their bellies, paws, and arms are all exposed to grass, carpets, dusty floors, etc.. making it more likely to cause skin irritation or allergies.

Wiping off your dog’s paws after their daily walk can help reduce the amount of pollen and any pesticides your dog is exposed to.  Check out our Dog Paw Protection post for more tips.

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Bugs

Your dachshund could be allergic to fleas, dust mites, and many other insect bites!  From a flea bite, they can develop a condition called Flea Allergy Dermatitis.  This can cause your poor doxie to excessively itch their fur and constantly bite near their tail.  If you notice any itchy bumps hear your dog’s tail, neck, back, or belly, these awful bug bites may have caused a bad reaction.

Vaccines:

Some Dachshunds have been known to have an allergic reaction to the Leptospirosis vaccine.  This vaccine is needed to help keep your doxie safe.  Take your dachshund to the vet immediately if they have a bad reaction.

Irritants:

Environmental and Chemical Agents can cause your dachshund to have itchy skin and constantly chew and lick their paws.

Allergens in the Environment: Smoke, pollen, lawn and garden pesticides.

Allergens in Your Home: Perfumes, fragrances, dog shampoos, dust, plants, detergent, and household cleaning products.

Essential Oils can also cause issues with many dogs.  Be careful which ones you diffuse in your home.  Check out this list of Dangerous Essential Oils for Dogs from AKC.org.

Yeast Infection:

Unfortunately, that constant licking your dachshund is doing to his paws or skin can make them more susceptible to a yeast infection.

The yeast thrives in a warm and wet environment.  Unfortunately, a yeast infection causes more itching and can turn your dog’s skin crusty and even have a stinky smell to it.  Consult your vet for medicated dog shampoo and anti-fungal medication to help get rid of the yeast infection.

Animal Fur

Your dachshund could be allergic to the other pets in the house.  I know, this isn’t good news at all.  Most of us have several pets in our homes.  This is just something to be aware of.

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Solution to Dachshund Allergies

It can be a challenging process to determine what your dachshund is allergic to, but it can be done.  It is worth helping your doxie feel better and to not worry about things getting worse.

Omega Fatty Acids

Here’s the major problem: Dogs can’t produce Omega Fatty Acids on their own. 

Omega Fatty Acids fight against allergies.  Most dog foods don’t include them, so you need to give your dog a supplement.

There are many sources of essential Omega fatty acids that your pup can benefit from.  The Zesty Paws Dog Supplements, on Amazon, have glowing reviews!

They come in a chew or a liquid:

Adding Omega Fatty Acids to your dog’s diet can help reduce allergies.

Probiotics:

Probiotics are not only good for your own gut, but are also very beneficial to your dachshund’s gut as well.  Adding probiotics to your dog’s diet can actually help reduce the likelihood of allergies or skin issues from developing.

Check out: Zesty Paws Aller-Immune Bites for Dogs from Amazon.  This dog chew has the best of both worlds, probiotics, prebiotics, and Omega Fatty Acids all in one. 

Alternatively, your vet can also prescribe probiotics for your dog as well.

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Making Your Own Dog Food

Some dachshund owners prefer to make their dog’s food at home to reduce allergies.  By using your own natural ingredients at home (Recipes by Lifestyle Pet Guru), you know exactly what your dog is consuming.

Your vet can recommend a well-balanced meal plan and amount per serving for your dog if you are interested in creating your dog’s food at home.

Note: Dogs who eat DIY or homemade meals have a higher chance of mineral or nutritional deficiency.  Don’t get me wrong, homemade meals are awesome for dogs, especially for pups with allergies.

Make sure to consult your vet about your dog’s homemade food recipe to confirm that it is fulfilling all of their nutritional needs.

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Allergy Prevention Methods

  • Flea and Tick Prevention:

    Use a Flea and Tick preventative on your dog monthly.  This will keep those nasty bugs away and avoid an infestation on your dog and in your home.

  • Fur and Skin Checks:

    Groom and check your doxie’s coat regularly.  Look and feel along their back, between the paws, arm pits, and ears for any rash or irritation.

  • Avoid Irritants:

    Wiping off your dog’s paws after their daily walk can help reduce the amount of pollen and pesticides your dog is exposed to. Keep all cleaning chemicals locked up.  When you are cleaning with chemicals, have your dachshund hang out in a well ventilated room.

  • Diet Change:

    Change up your dog’s food once in a while.  Even if your dog isn’t allergic to their dog food, they may be missing out on some important minerals and nutrients, which can weaken their immune system. 

    Find out how to change your dog’s food the right way.

  • Bathing:

    Bath your dachshund in a hypoallergenic dog shampoo to reduce the itch.  Choose a dog shampoo that includes natural ingredients like oatmeal, aloe, or primrose oil.  Consult your vet for their recommendations.

    Avoid bathing your dachshund too frequently. This dries out your doxie’s natural coat oils and changes the pH level of the skin.

  • Clean Ears

    Keep your dog’s ears clean.  My dog’s ears usually need cleaning every two weeks.  If your dog is prone to nasty ear infections, you may find it more efficient to clean them out every week.

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Still Having Allergy Issues?

If you have tried switching dog foods and adding supplements, but it just isn’t working…have your dog tested for allergies at the vet.

Generally, your vet will do a blood or a patch test to find out what allergens are bothering your poor doxie.  Your vet can then formulate a special allergy medication for your dog to help with their allergy issues.

They may also recommend a dog food diet change.

Did you know that some Dachshunds can outgrow allergies that affect them as puppies? 

As your dog grows, their immune system gets stronger.  On the other hand, some allergies can unfortunately worsen with age and cause more severe reactions…I know, that’s not the greatest news!

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