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Dachshund skin diseases and problems

While not all doxies develop skin issues, the breed is genetically predisposed to them. Most dachshunds only suffer from mild skin problems such as allergies and hair loss, while others may develop more serious skin problems such as an infection. Learning about the different types of skin issues your doxy is susceptible to will enable you to provide him with the best care possible.

Did you know…that miniature dachshunds were bred for hunting rabbits? Since standard dachshunds could not fit into rabbit holes, breeders decided to create a smaller version of the dog.

Common Skin Problems Seen in Dachshunds

1. Pattern Baldness

Pattern baldness is a common health ailment seen in doxies as well as other breeds including greyhounds and chihuahuas. The condition causes hair loss and thinning in specific parts of the body. Pattern baldness does not cause pain or discomfort, but the loss of hair does make dogs more vulnerable to skin infections, injury, and sunburn. Upon diagnosis, your veterinarian will provide you with instructions on how to care for your dachshund.

2. Allergies

The majority of dachshunds suffer from allergy issues at least once in their life. Allergies in a dachshund can be triggered by food and environmental factors. Certain ingredients in your dog’s food such as corn or soy can cause allergies and result in skin and gastrointestinal symptoms. Other factors that can contribute to allergies in dachshunds include; fleas, bedding, clothes, and dust. In most cases, allergies in dachshunds can be controlled with medication and by eliminating possible triggers.

3. Acanthosis Nigricans

Acanthosis nigricans is characterized by hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). The condition can be secondary to other health problems, but in dachshunds it is primarily caused by genetic factors. While there is no cure for the condition, acanthosis nigricans can be managed with medication. Treatment consists of drugs that will help alleviate symptoms such as itchiness, irritation, and dryness.

Skin problems in your dachshund does NOT mean your dog cannot live a long and happy life; as long as you provide your dachshund with the proper care and plenty of affection, skin issues are not usually life-threatening. Following instructions as directed by your veterinarian will give you the best outcome. Treating skin problems in dachshunds is often time-consuming and a lot of work, but it is worth it for your doxy!

 

References

Acanthosis Nigricans.  Dachshund World.  Retrieved August 5, 2012, from http://www.dachworld.com/acanthosis_nigricans.htm

Dachshund pattern baldness – pinnal and saddle alopecia.  Hot Dog Blog.  Retrieved August 5, 2012, from http://hotdogblog.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?post_id=178

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