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Q: Itchy Dachshund

February 15, 2009 | By DawnfromWI | 10 answers | Expired: 1969 days ago

Since early December my dachshund is itchy. Never before have we gone through this. Unable to afford an allergy test, I have resorted to benedryl (1/2 of a 25 mg tablet), putting fish oil on her food and even purchasing medicated shampoo to bathe in. The itching has cut down 90% but now I find when we go outside (and in northern WI it has been very cold) her eyes water alot. She is still the same little dog as before....FULL OF ENERGY! Am I doing good for her? Any help would be appreciated.

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Charlup
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Feb 25, 2009

I have a cocker spaniel. He was itchy with patches of scaly skin for about 4 years (don't get discouraged) I would take him to the vet more often than I care to say. I think they just wanted the money. I used medicated shampoo from the vet..took advice from the groomers..eliminated certain food ingredients..did antibiotics/benydril on dr advice, to no avail. Finally I switched vets. Did a more intesive antibiotic regimen with a low dose cortisone. First time in 4 years he has had a clear coat/skin within 2 months treatment with new vet.

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Kathy M.
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Feb 25, 2009

It could be just dry skin in the winter, or it could be an allergy. The fish oil will help if it is a dry skin issue. If it is an allergy, you may have to change food. My vet said that my 26 pound dog could have one Benadryl every 12 hours (a normal people dose you buy at the pharmacy). It does seem to help some and is better than keeping him on Prednisone (as the vet prescribed) all the time.

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Katiemack28
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Feb 22, 2009

Sounds like your dog is having an allergic reaction to her food. Does your food have corn in it? If so then switch her to something without corn or soy products, may dogs are allergic to corn and it is a filler therefore not good for her. If she still is itching after you change food try changing her bedding, she could be allergic to that as well.

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Alaina G.
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Feb 19, 2009

I have a dachshund who has to suffer through our cold Maine winters -- bundling her up and cutting back on her baths haves definitely helped her. I also use a conditioner when she takes a bath and now her skin isn't dry and itchy.

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Rich  B.
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Feb 17, 2009

I've had many dogs and lived up on Long island growing up with our Boxers. In the winter with the cold temps and dry air and probably dragging her underside against the snow and grass. The skin gets very dry and starts to crack and turns redish. Try several things, do not bathe the dog as often in the winter, just wipe or rinse the feet off from snow and possible salt chemicals to melt the ice if she's exposed to that stuff. Second, get her a good pullover sweater/flannel type shirt to cover her exposed skin from the elements. Udder balm works good on dry skin, you can always ask you vet. During the winter you can also add a bit more fat to her diet, fish oil is good, a little olive oil is also good mixed in with their food.
A friend is a groomer here in Florida and she recommended that we spray a little Listerine on our first bichon's feet to stop her from chewing them raw. I think we did it about 5 times and she stopped chewing them.
Good luck, I hope I gave you some ideas to think about.

Papaboo

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Judy  Z.
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Feb 17, 2009

I have a Vizsla -- lacking in hair on the underside like many Dachshunds. We live in Southern Wisconsin where it has been a miserable Winter, too.....the cold and wet weather started before Christmas - about the time when my dog started in constantly scratching. This is my first encounter with this problem ever - red, itchy skin (Winter burn)almost looks like diaper rash-- which, of course, is made worse by their licking. On really cold days he wears a coat and I limit the time we are out.

He is getting brushed every day to get out the dander. Gave him a sponge bath with aloe vera/oatmeal shampoo and a new regime.

I started giving him Vitamin C - 250 in the Morning (cut a 500 in half and put on a tiny piece of bread with peanut butter)too much C will result in sloppy poops.

I added one Omega 3 fish oil tab to his PM meal(cut the gelatin tab to release the oil - carefully - and spread over his food).

And I am using a product called ProShield on his underside before we go out for walks. It is water soluable with no fragrance (I tried Vaseline and Cetaphil, but he couldn't concentrate on our walk without trying to lick because of the smell). We are in our third week - and the results have been very good...
I do not think my dogs problem is food related - and certainly isn't bug related.

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Nicole B.
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Feb 16, 2009

First of all it may not be allergies at all! You said you live in WI and that it is cold...well my experience with cold places is that they are very DRY! If adding oil to the food has helped I'd bet money that his skin was just dry and that was causing itchyness. As for the eyes watering...the cold will do that too! Even your eyes should water a bit when its really cold outside. It's a way of making sure your eyes don't dry out.

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Brandy M.
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Feb 15, 2009

I had a Scottie with extreme allergies and it was a constant battle. It sounds like your guy is not near as bad. My Rottie also had slightly dry skin. I live in Southeast Texas so I cannot really compare climates. I definitely agree with the suggestion of allergy formula food if your dog has allergies but it might be dry skin common in that breed and hair type. In that case Science Diet Lamb and Rice small bites is good. The fish oil is also good or even a little cooking oil if they prefer. I also used a medicated shampoo with coal tar. Smells bad but it helps or you can try the oatmeal but it is not as strong. Be careful not to go overboard because that can make it worse in some cases. Oh, and if it is allergies fleas are evil.

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Georgiastokes
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Feb 15, 2009

My Oscar has the same problem with itching. I think it has to do with the breed. I owed another dachshund that had the same problem.

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Laura A.
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Feb 15, 2009

There are a few things you can do for her, first change her food to an allergy formula( I use Natural Balance Allergy formula) and second put her on OPC, I have it listed on the classifieds, It not only helps with allergies but it combats free radicals which cause all sorts of problems.My oldest Yorkie has had allergies most of his life and he also has luxating Patella and it has helped him tremendously. He jumps around and feels great all the time now. Let me know how it works for you.

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