6 month old Dobe with bumps on back

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My 6 month old Female Doberman has bumps all along her back. They are making her hair stand up in some areas. It's hard to see her skin but, when I run my finger in the opposite direction of the hair growth I can see red welts. She is not itching at all and I have not changed her food, She is on the large breed Royal Canin. Naya is a mostly indoor dog and has been in your house since she was 7 weeks old nothing has changed and she has never had a problem before, I can't see what could be causing this and she doesn't have fleas. Can anyone give me advice on what you think this could be or what I could try to do to fix it before taking her to the vet? Thanks.

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I would also like to know.Grendel has had these same bumps that I have referred to as hives for about 3 months off and on. He is also on Royal Canin maxi large breed puppy. I thought that maybe he was allergic to something in the house but...anyone else have this problem and feeding Royal Canin?

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We still do not know what the cause of the bumps is. Yesterday almost a week after it started her skin started to get flaky like dandruff. I bought some medicated coal tar shampoo and a bathing glove and lathered her up really good. I left it on her for 8 minutes and she is looking better today. I am also looking into a different food for her like Solid Gold, Wellness, or AvoDerm. I have to compair the ingredients.

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The same thing happened with my Doberman and it still does... She was originally fed Royal Canin but I switched when she stopped eating and her skin was getting worse.  So far I have not found anything that makes it go away completely but there are a few things that make her mostly better.  The best so far is "derm caps"  I get them from the vet and they are pretty much oil gel caps.  It makes her skin much better.  But she always has a lil dandruff but not much. If you find something else that works please let me know... Good Luck

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Naya was better I started giving her a bath with coal tar shampoo 2 to 3 time a week and her skin was back to normal. I also changed her canned food off of the Nature's Recipe Puppy. Than she went from no bumps to bumps all down her back and her eye is swollen in just an hours time. I am trying so hard to find out what is causing this. I am looking into her food, something in it maybe setting her off. Everyone with this problem seems to be on RC.

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Have you been to the vet? She could have an allergy, it might be acne, it could be a mite, or a number of things. Anyone here is making a guess at the cause. Only an examination by a vet can tell you.

2 or 3 baths is a lot for a dog. Too many bath can actually be the cause of skin irritation in dogs because it stripes away the oils their skin produces which are needed for healthy skin and coat.

This may be a simple case of bad adolescent acne, for which there are numerous aids in controlling, but it's essential to be sure of a diagnosis before torturing yourselves with the multitude of remedies.  ;)

As for food, unless she has an allergy food shouldn't cause red bumps. We've used Nutro and ProPlan for our Dobermans, and regular Purina is good too. You might try one of these three as they are not fancy formulas that might have whatever might be giving her trouble.

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Our 11 month old red dobe, Rusty, developed a similar situation shortly after we brought him home from the Humane Society last month.  We took him to both a private vet and the vet back at the Humane Society.  They thought that it could either be a mild case of mange or a staph infection.  He's been on a regimen of antibiotics and things are definately getting better.  He is not quite through the prescribed amount yet, so I guess time will tell, but it seems promising.  I think a quick trip to the vet may make you both feel better.  :)  ps, he's been on Hill's Science Diet the entire time.

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I think we found Naya's problem, she is allergic to something in her food. I lowered it down to, chicken, eggs, soy or corn that was in both the food she has been on. We changed her to Solid Gold Wolf club and after about five days the bumps and welts were gone completely and have been gone ever since. She still have a little dandruff, I am hoping that will clear up soon.