Our expert says:
1. Except for the strict rest and anti-inflammatory medication, your dachshund will also benefit from physiotherapy or acupuncture, same as a human with a back problem. It is very important to also try to prevent any jumping on to furniture (rather pick him up) and climbing up and down stairs. If his back problem does not resolve or worsen, the next step would be an MRI scan to determine where the problem is and surgery if indicated
2. It sounds like your dog has a skin allergy, a very common problem that some breeds, including Labradors are prone to. There are numerous things that can cause skin allergies. The most important to exclude is fleas, thus make sure all you pets are treated monthly for fleas with a good flea product. I would recommend a spot on product as it is just easier and safer than a dip. Second on the list is a food allergy. These can unfortunately be tricky to diagnose and treat but I would start by stop giving any ‘table food’ especially food with lots of preservatives and containing dairy products. He might also be allergic to a certain protein eg chicken/fish. There are special food ranges for this kind of food allergy but first discuss this with your vet (see answer 3) Unfortunately he might be allergic to numerous things in the environment as well, that one cannot eliminate but only try to manage: bathing with a good quality shampoo for sensitive skins, adding omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to his meals and medication for skin allergies.
3. Ostrich dog food can be beneficial to a dog with a specific protein allergy eg chicken/fish but unfortunately dogs can also be allergic to ostrich proteins and it also depends on the quality of the food, so again, discuss this with your vet before changing his food.
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