Dachshunds are brave, loving dogs, but snuggling with your sausage-shaped friend might be less enjoyable if your hound is flaky with dandruff. Dachsies can get dandruff for a variety of reasons -- get veterinary advice if your dog's skin problems are serious or worsening.
Signs and Symptoms
Dachshund dandruff is often visible as small white flakes of skin on the dog's coat, the carpet, furniture or bedding around the home. If your dachsie has dandruff, you'll likely see him scratching and itching at his skin to remove the flakes. Dandruff will be most visible on dark-colored dogs with short hair. Long-haired or wire-haired dachsies may have significant dandruff concealed in their fur.
Certain mites can cause dandruff in dachshund puppies, together with hair loss and itching. Poor nutritional status can cause a dachsie's skin to become irritated and flaky. Parasitic infection -- whether internal or external -- can cause dandruff and itchy skin. Overheated and dry conditions can cause a dachshund's skin to become irritated and flaky with dandruff. Regular bathing with hot water or harsh shampoo can also cause dandruff.
Apply a tick preventive to your dog's body during the tick season in your region. Carry out regular grooming, and examine your dog for signs of skin irritation as you groom. Long-haired and wire-haired dachshunds can harbor seeds or debris in their fur -- this can irritate a dog's skin and produce dandruff.
If the dandruff is caused by parasites, your dog will need treatment to remove the parasites. Flea treatment powder can be applied externally; ticks and mites can also be removed using topical treatments. Intestinal worms can be treated with de-worming medicine. Make sure to treat all pets in the house if one dog has a parasitic infection. Treat, clean or destroy any fabrics or furnishings that might be harboring fleas, mites or irritants.
- Dachshunds for Dummies; Eve Adamson
- Dachshund World: Common Skin Ailments
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