If you notice your Dachshund excessively scratching, sneezing, licking 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 something more severe.
Let’s take a look at the symptoms and solutions to the most common Dachshund Allergies. We have 3 proven treatments that can help your pup feel better.
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Yes, Dachshunds are prone to allergies that affect their skin and cause reoccurring ear infections. Different foods and various environmental allergies can occur in any dog, but there are some specific dog breeds that are more susceptible. Dachshunds, German Shepherds, Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, and Pugs are more likely to develop allergies than other breeds.
An allergic reaction can occur when the allergen is eaten, absorbed in the skin, or inhaled. Allergies generally will make your Dachshund constantly lick their paws and itch their skin.
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.
Allergy Symptoms In Dachshunds
-Itchy, dry skin
-Rash, red bumps
-Paw licking and chewing
-Loss of Appetite
-Constant Ear Infections
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
Processed dog foods include food coloring, additives, and preservatives…which can cause an allergic reaction. Corn, wheat, soy, dairy, chicken, and beef are the biggest food allergy culprits!
Dachshunds have a hard time digesting starchy vegetables like corn.
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.
My dog, Artemus, was severely allergic to anything Beef Flavored. One day, we bought him a beef flavored bone from the store and the next day his face was severely bloated, he was vomiting, and licking and itching his paws. That was a pretty clear indication that beef was one of his allergies.
If you notice your Dachshund exhibiting any of the Allergy Symptoms listed above, the first step is to avoid dog foods with beef or chicken. Try switching to a high quality dog food that has duck, salmon, turkey, or venison as their main ingredient instead.
Giving your Dachshund a limited ingredient (NOT Grain Free), hypoallergenic dog food can help alleviate their allergy symptoms. Check out the Dog Food Advisor website for a list of recommended dog foods available. If you just can’t find the dog food that works for your pup, consult your vet for their recommendations.
You know it’s allergy season when you start sneezing and itching your watery eyes. We humans aren’t the only ones who suffer from seasonal allergies, many dogs get them too. If your doxie tends to lick or itch during certain times of the year, they may have a Seasonal 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, licking, and itchy skin issues.
The Dachshund dog breed is more likely to be affected by seasonal pollen than other dog breeds.
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 and allergies.
Your Dachshund could be allergic to bug bites! A bite from a flea or dust mite can develop into a condition called Flea Allergy Dermatitis. If you notice any itchy bumps near your dog’s tail, neck, back, or belly, your pup may have had an allergic reaction to a bug bite.
Allergic reactions to a vaccine can look very different in a dog compared to a human. Some Dachshunds have been known to have a bad allergic reaction to the Leptospirosis vaccine.
Always space out your Dachshund’s vaccines – one at a time in case of an allergic reaction.
Yes, vaccines from your vet are necessary. To be safe, get one vaccine at a time and wait about 1-2 months before getting another one. It could save your doxie’s life. Take your Dachshund to the vet immediately if they have a bad reaction to any vaccine.
Vaccine Allergic Reaction: My Dog’s Personal Experience
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. While on the walk, he got sick to his stomach and had diarrhea twice. Then, he laid down in the grass and started panting. When I picked him up, 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 meds 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.
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, shampoos, dust, plants, detergent, and household cleaning products.
Essential Oils can also cause many issues with dogs. Be careful which ones you diffuse in your home. Check out this list of Dangerous Essential Oils for Dogs from AKC.org.
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.
Unfortunately, that constant licking your Dachshund is doing to his paws or skin can make them more susceptible to a yeast infection. 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.
Dachshund Allergy Solutions
1. Omega Fatty Acids
Did you know that 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.
The Wild Caught Omega-3 Fish Oil (from Amazon) has great reviews! Alternatively, you can add some Plain Pumpkin Puree to their food. It contains Omega 3, fiber, and can help reduce that itch.
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.
The VertiScience Mega Probiotic from Amazon is my doxie’s favorite. Alternatively, your vet can also prescribe probiotics for your dog.
3. DIY 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, you know exactly what your dog is consuming.
Note: Dogs who eat DIY or homemade meals have a higher chance of mineral or nutritional deficiency. Always consult your vet about your dog’s homemade food recipe to confirm that it is fulfilling all of their nutritional needs. They can help recommend a well-balanced meal plan and amount per serving for your dog.
CBD oil for dogs can help with those itchy allergies as well. Make sure it is high quality and check with your vet before trying it out.
Allergy Prevention Methods
Flea and Tick Prevention:
Use a Flea and Tick preventative 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.
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.
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.
Avoid bathing your Dachshund too frequently. This dries out your doxie’s natural coat oils and changes the pH level of their skin. When your doxie does Need a bath, use 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.
Keep your doxie’s ears clean. My dog’s ears usually need cleaning every 2-3 weeks. If your dog is prone to ear infections, clean them out every week.
It can be a challenging process to determine what your Dachshund is allergic to, but it can be done. 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.
Note: 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…so that’s a bit of a bummer.
Does Your Dachshund Have Allergies? What helps your doxie feel better?