If your dog tends to lick or itch during certain times of the year, they may have an Inhalation Allergy or Canine Atopy.
Symptoms include itching, rubbing their face, and licking their paws. This is caused by seasonal pollen. It is a lot like hay fever for people. Instead of respiratory problems, doxies are more affected with itchy and inflamed 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.
Pool chemicals, like chlorine, can cause your dog’s skin to dry out and have a nasty itch. Bacteria and parasites from natural water sources, like creeks or ponds, can cause itchy skin and disease.
Always rinse your Dachshund off with clean water after swimming in a pool or a natural water source. After my dogs enjoy a day at the creek, I always rinsed off their paws, bellies, and fur coats with the garden hose (as long as it’s not too cold).
Don’t let your dog spend to much time out in the sun on those hot summer days. Just like humans, dog’s can get a painful sunburn too. This not only causes sore, itchy, and cracked skin…it can also lead to skin cancer. Luckily, there are some easy ways you can Protect Your Dachshund From The Sun.