Dachshund Thinning Hair Information and Treatments
Reasons for Dachshund thinning hair could be one of a few things; dry coat, hot spots, or hypothyroidism. Watch your dog to see what types of symptoms they are having. If you feel the symptoms are severe take your Dachshund to your vet.
A dry coat could be the cause to Dachshund thinning hair. If when you look at your Dachshund they have dandruff or dry flaky skin then most likely they have a dry coat. You will notice dry coat more in the wintertime rather than in the summer time. This is because in the winter the heat is on and there is less moisture in the air. One way to help prevent dry coat in the winter is to put cod liver oil in their dog food once to twice a week. Another way to help with dry coat is to give then a bath with shampoo made for this condition. After bathing your Dachshund wait ten days before bathing him again. Bathing your Dachshund to often can give then a dry coat.
Hot spots are places on your Dachshund that has thinning hair or no hair. This is usually due to your dog itching or pulling at the hair in this area. Hot spots are small areas that are inflamed. To treat hot spots put vitamin E oil on to the spot. You can also put A&D ointment on the areas as well. Add cod liver oil to their food once to twice a week and spray bitter apple on their coat. This will help deter your Dachshund from biting at his coat. If the hot spots start to ooze with an infection you need to take your dog in to the veterinarian to get care.
Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid function goes below the normal range, this happens to mostly middle aged Dachshunds. Some of the symptoms you might see are thinning hair, weight gain and lethargic. If you notice that your Dachshund has these symptoms they need to be seen by a veterinarian. At the vet they will take blood to help diagnose them. If they do have hypothyroidism they will be given oral medication for the rest of their life. The good thing is that they will then be able to live a long, healthy, normal life.
As you can see there are a couple reasons why your dachshund thinning hair might happen. You can try to help the thinning hair yourself by using oils and shampoos, but if this does not work see a veterinarian. Get treatment early before it gets to bad. This will save you both time and money.
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