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 your 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.
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.
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.
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 near your dog’s tail, neck, back, or belly, these awful bug bites may have caused a bad reaction.
Some Dachshunds have been known to have an allergic reaction to the Leptospirosis vaccine. Take your dachshund to the vet immediately if they have a bad reaction.
Allergic Reaction To A Vaccine:
Allergic reactions to a vaccine can look very different in a dog compared to a human. When my 1 year old dachshund puppy, Eko, received his Rabies booster shot from the vet, he had a bad allergic reaction within 45 minutes.
Eko and I went for a walk around the block after his shot appointment. He got sick to his stomach and went potty a couple of times. Then, he laid down in the grass and started panting. I picked him up and he was totally limp in my arms.
I rushed him back to the vet and they had to put him on IV’s to get his system back to normal. This was a very frightening experience for me, but luckily we didn’t lose him.
Now, Eko only receives the core vaccines from the vet and he has to have a series of Benadryl before and after his shots. I also have the vet watch him for about an hour after the shot…while I go pick up some doggie toys at the store.
Always space out your Dachshund’s vaccines. Yes, vaccines from your vet are needed. Do one at a time, it could save your doxie’s life.
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 at 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.
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.
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.