Question: I have a dachshund with skin issues. She has dry patches and the hair is coming off her tail. I have tried changing her diet giving het baths in medicated shampoo. Nothing seems to completely clear her up. Help!

Answer: Thanks for your question. A fatty acid supplement can often really help combat dry skin patches and hair loss—regardless of what is causing it. Check out my article for some other ideas of what might be going on “Dry skin (dandruff) in your pet“.

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  1. Roz Larson says:

    My doxie has some fur tufts that are very smooth, and nothing on his skin underneath. But he’s got these weird fur tufts along his body. What could be causing this? Thanks,

    • admin says:

      Hi Roz, thanks for writing in. Without seeing the actual abnormality it is difficult to say what might be happening here. Dachshund’s are a breed that we see many haircoat abnormalities in. They are prone to pattern baldness which will often start with the appearance of smooth hair tufts and then progress to hair loss. With haircoat changes, it is always important to rule out hormonal conditions such as hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease, as well as medical issues such as mange. If you are concerned, ask your veterinarian to take a look.

      Good luck.
      Dr. Donna Spector

  2. Randy p says:

    Both my ten month old pups have recently started getting small,bald spots on there backs,in small grouping areas,I bathe them regularly,and I use johnsons baby shampoo, I was useing a dog shampoo,n there was no problem,should I be worried,please somebody,advise wat to do,at a loss n cocerned about my boys?

    • admin says:

      Hi Randy,

      Thanks for your question. Bald spots in puppies are often related to conditions such as ringworm or demodex. I would definitely recommend seeing your vet for an evaluation.

      Good luck.
      Dr. Donna Spector

  3. shorty alkire says:

    my Dacshound is allergic to fleas and we have treated the house and the yard and we can’t get rid of them he has sores on him now and is losing his hair on him he can’t quit biting and scratching what can I do

  4. Anthony Frometa says:

    My Daschund recently started getting these pimples all over his belly and under his arm pits. When you rub him they seem to pop pretty easily. The skin around it looks dry. He doesn’t scratch or bite at it. It’s almost like he doesn’t know its there. What could this be? I take him to the vet often. Last time they couldn’t tell they just said keep an eye on it.

    • admin says:

      Hi Anthony—thanks for writing in. The pimples you are describing are suggestive of a superficial bacterial skin infection, called pyoderma. There are bacteria normally present on the skin surface. If there is a problem—such as food or environmental allergies or dry skin—these bacteria can invade into the shallow layers of skin and cause low-grade infections. The presence of these pimples usually means there is another issue going on—it is frequently an issue with something like dry skin, allergies, hormonal conditions such as hypothyroidism or Cushing’s disease. You mention your dog’s skin is dry—you might consider asking your vet if a natural fatty acid supplement would be helpful as it often helps improve skin quality. I would also encourage you to evaluate the quality of ingredients that your dog is eating and try to avoid artificial dyes or ingredients that are highly processed such as chicken meal or other meat meal. Selecting a high quality food with real meat and whole food ingredients can go a long way to improving skin and hair coat quality. Good luck. Dr. Donna Spector

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