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Paris is a spayed female, she will be 4 years old 5/25/09. She has had dry skin issues, along w/bumps that come & go periodically, which are usually on her stomach & along her back 7 neck. I use Septiderm Antiseptic shampoo & Skin Lotion when I wash her, & Nova Pearls spray when she looks dry & flaky. Also,  she had this "elephant" looking area of skin under her back legs, which is gone after using Betagen spray. I had her thyroid checked, the vet said she was within normal range. She had a staph infection, cleared w/antibiotics, & was checked for mange, which she did not have. Thought maybe it was a food allergy, so I switched her to Innova Evo Red Meat formula. It has been about 6 weeks, & she looks much better, but I believe that is due to the cleared up staph. She still gets the bumps, but much less often & in smaller numbers.

I first have to say that I love the name Paris! my female has the same name! Can you tell we had teenagers when the litter was born LOL. Anyway I was wondering what color Paris was and if you know what her vWd Status is. The reason I'm asking is blues or fawns typically have to deal with similar issues. I've personally found a similarity  between vWd carriers and effecteds having immune problems such as what you are talking about verses vWd clears which seem to have less of these problems. Its sounds as if you are doing everything possible how long have you been experiencing these things? http://www.rnddobermans.net

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She is a red, vWd clear, & she has been having these problems for approx. the last 2 1/2 years. I don't know if it matters, but we live in a very dry climate (Bend, Oregon). Also, I thought about switching to a grain-free food, as I hear that is the most common thing for dogs to be allergic to. And I picked the name Paris because my ex-fiances family is Greek, as is the name, but the common assumption is that I must be a huge fan of Paris Hilton! LOL!

That is funny about the name! My kids actually picked the puppies name and of course at the time the Paris and Nicole show was very popular with the teenagers. I like the idea of the Paris France though LOL.

Before you switch to an all grain free diet, you might want to consider the natural balance I think it was Duck & potatoe. The reason for this is it is contains very few ingredients which is a great thing when you are trying to find out if a dog is allergic to a particular thing. My 7 year old dog we actually had allergy testing done, that was really interesting and something you may consider.

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Thanks for the idea. We have the Natural Balance Duck & Sweet Potato being delivered tomorrow. I will be sure to keep updates posted on Paris' condition. Hopefully this does the trick!

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I don't know if this will help at all but a few months ago Kaiser was getting bumps on his side and back, they made his hair stand up around those areas.
We took him to the vet and his temp was a little high which may have something to do with the heating in our house. Vet suggested that he may have something like prickly heat and suggested putting sodium blocks in his water. Which actually did the trick and he has been fine since. It's properly not the same thing but I thought I would mention it.
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can you describe the bumps a little better. I find this interesting my older dog started getting something like this I chalked it up to old age. I'd like to hear more about this, and how long did you use the sodium?

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The bumps felt just like raised skin if that the best way to describe them. He wasn't itchy and they weren't sore or weeping etc. Just looked like bumps on his back which causes his hair to stick up a little.
Apparently his temp was just a little too high and causing him to have heat bumps. By putting the sodium in the water indeases his sodium intake which he said lowers the body temp.
You can purchase a tub of sodium blocks in pet shops and it's cheap. I paid £1 which is nothing so it could be worth a try.
If your dobe is anything like mine though you may have to put a plate or bowl over the sodium block to stop him eating it whole lol.

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Welcome to the forums!

 

You say she gets dry and flaky, just curious, how often do you wash her?