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Xander is 15 weeks old now and has been healthy... this morning the kids came into my room and said, "Xander's fur is all bumpy and it won't brush off."  I took a look and sure enough, he is all bumpy.

Wednesday night he was throwing up but he went to bed that night and seemed fine.  Then, last night, he kept us up by crying a lot, which is unlike him.  We thought it was just because his routine was broken up and he didn't get his normal "wind down" time right before bed.  But he got us up 4 or 5 times when he doesn't normally get up at all anymore.  And, now the rash.  I'm guessing they are all related.

I can't figure out what could be causing this.  Nothing new has been introduced to him.  He is still in the process of having his ears taped and posted (6th week of that), he's still eating the same food as he always has been.  The kids have promised that they haven't fed him anything aside from a piece of cheese, which is one of his favorite treats and he's eaten cheese before.  We find that he likes to pick our peaches from the tree, but again, that's not something that's new... he's been doing that for a while as well.

The bumps are all over his haunches, his back, his chest, his legs... he doesn't appear to have any on his head or ears.  They are big and in clumps.

Does this seem normal to any of you?  Have your dobies ever experienced something like this?  The vet's office isn't open yet, but we'll call them the minute they are.

Here's a photo taken this morning.  Hopefully you can see the bumps.  He should be sleek and shiny.  Notice especially down near his hind leg:

It looks as though he is having an allergic reaction to something. I would get him into the vet. Have you changed anything lately food? Is it possible he got in a bees nest or something like that? What about fertilizer in the yard?

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I had a female Schanuzer who as a puppy investigating the world stuck her snout in a fire and bed. It was very difficult to get them out of her beard and her face and snout really puffed up. My sister was here with her three Schnauzers, and it scared both of us. However, it passed in about 30 minutes, although she was miserable for many hours.

It does appear as if it was an allergy.

We would like to know how he is.

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Peaches???  Peaches???  Those are dangerous to be around any dog.  They could consume the pit and many do according to an article I just read a few minutes ago.  The pits contain cyanide.  Maybe he bit into one and didn't get enough to kill him--just enough to make him sick.  I would train him not to pick up the peaches.

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Xander is doing well now and the hives have not returned.

It was rather disconcerting to see him covered in hundreds of bumps, and he was in obvious discomofort.  Poor thing.  I searched the internet and found photos of dogs that looked just like our boy, so I was comforted that he wasn't going to start sprouting gremlins (ha ha ha).  The vet told us to give him Benadryl and call if he was still having issues the next day.  So, that's what we did and by the next morning, he was completely better (and had slept all night as well, probably due in part to the Benadryl).

Personally, I think he was stung by a bee or bit by a spider.  It's hard to say for sure.  At least we know what to do if the hives occur again, and maybe we'll have a better idea of what causes them.

As for the peaches, they are all picked and bottled now, so no worries there.  Now, we just have to keep him from picking the tomatoes from the garden.  Grrrr.  ::)

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oh...what a curious but satisfying breed.....they are so curious....one never knows what they will get into next...glad all is well now...