Post # 1
FI and I just adopted a beautiful, sweet 12-lb longhaired, dapple dachshund. She was supposedly from a hoarding situation but I don’t think she was abused (shes very cuddly, knows how to beg, isn’t afraid of noises of anything seemingly.) Shes very sweet and is warming up to our dog quickly.
She seems to have gotten a haircut at animal control- she looks pretty good but there were a few mats that they missed (caked with feces and dirt, I imagine she was covered before they got her.) I have since cut them off and given her a bath with some oatmeal shampoo. SHes now dry and holy hell- she is SO FLAKEY! I gave her a quick brush with a metal slicker brush to see how she would do and she is raining down skin flakes. She does seem really itchy too- I checked her with a flea comb and looked around her butt and ears and, while her ears were dirty, she doesn’t seem to have fleas or mites but she’s scratching like crazy.
Is there anything I can do to help her?! We have a dog who is a non-shedder and doesn’t have skin issues, and none of my childhood dogs had skin issues beyond fleas. Without even cosmetic issues (she’s mostly black and tan so she looks a little gross) she’s clearly uncomfortable. The shampoo I used was for sensitive skin/itching.
Anyone with tips for that or anything weinie-grooming is welcome to share!
And, of course, a pic 🙂
Post # 3
I found that oatmeal shampoo didn’t do anything great for my dog’s sensitive skin. Try nabbing some shampoo that’s anti-itch like the one I have from Vet’s Best. I also have a medicated shampoo I use. he also gets dog conditioning lotion with cortisone if he is really itchy.
Post # 4
Have you taken her to the vet? Skin problems can be health related.
Post # 5
Oh my gosh how adorable! She looks just like my little girl 🙂
My little boy had extremely bad dandruff when we first got him. I think there are specialty shampoos you can buy. In our situation, it cleared up on its own. His dandruff was stress induced and as soon as he he adjusted to our home it went away.
Post # 6
@RockStar33: We have not taken her to the vet yet, we just got her yesterday. We’re waiting for the rest of her health records before we take her in (for example, we don’t know if she’s spayed or not, although she def had at least one litter before based on her, uh, underbelly.)
Post # 7
She’s a cutie! Mine had the same issue as yours and MissTatas, it cleared up a few weeks after he got settled.
If not, try this stuff, my mom swears by it (she has a dog with really bad allergies) and it works for the dry skin. Plus, her dogs and mine really love it!
Post # 8
@bkrocks13: they also say fish oil or flaxseed oil added to their food can help. She allergic lacking something in her diet.
shes soooooo cute
Post # 9
If she came from a hoarding situation I’m guessing she just hadn’t had a bath in forever. I’d definitely get a vet’s opinion, but in the mean time you could try adding fish oil to her food, and running a humidifier in the main area she’ll be. I wouldn’t bathe her too much as that can further dry out their skin.
Post # 10
Go to the body shop and get the ginger shampoo.That and maybe the vet. She may need some anti fungal shampoo.
Post # 11
She is adorable! The skin issues could quite a few things, sometimes diet, even stress. We have a little wirehaired dachshund who had some skin problems on and off and they were often stress related. I shared a story a while ago about my parents bringing him to the pound & lying about it – I won’t go into detail again, but I was able to get him back. He had been there for a few days and I had never seen his skin so bad! We washed him and it helped but it took a little while to really clear up. Your little girl may get better when she realizes she’s in her permanent home and begins to feel secure. I think doxies are known for having skin issues though, so it may be an easy fix once you get to your vet!
Post # 12
Thanks for the posts and the kind words, everyone!
This is the third doxie in my side of the family- my mom and sister both have one, so now the trifecta is complete! We just took her on a walk with our other dog (a 9lb maltese mix who is almost 5 but is a total spaz) and it was…interesting. It seems that her little legs barely work outside and we spent a large portion of the time crawling for her to keep up, but she did see other dogs and seems to be friendly as can be.
I will try the fish oil thing if her skin doesn’t clear up within the next week or so. She’s not really much of a chowhound yet, so i dont know if she’ll eat anything funny tasting but maybe the vet will have better ideas when we see him!
OH and if any of you folks have recs for a tool to get hair off the couch, I’m all ears. She’s shedding like mad right now (probably from stress) and our couch is covered- I know they have a variety of comb/brush things for the couch to pick up hair…any recommendations?
Post # 13
My husband and I own 2 Doxies, one long haired chocolate piebald and one short hsired silver dapple and both of them have skin allergies that cause their skin to be extremely flaky, itchy and sometimes red and inflamed. We originally thought it could be just dry skin and we wasted SO much money on shampoos/special combs and brushes, until we found out it was allergies after nothing else worked. We have to keep our dogs on allergy medication whenever they get a flare up. It is extremely common for Doxies to have slin allergies, so if you try one or two shampoos and they don’t work, you should try the allergy route.