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Old 01-25-2016, 09:04 PM
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My 7 month old puppy has these bump looking things! It's now been 24 hours that she's had it and it's gotten worse. She is a Rhodesian Ridgeback / Pitbull mix. It's really hard for us to figure out exactly what caused this as:
1) We just took her to a dog park yesterday.. She could've rubbed against something causing hives or some kind of allergic reaction.
2) I bathed her in hot water after the park and rubber her dry with a towel, not knowing both are totally bad and can irritate a dog's hair follicle causing bumps.
3) We used a new shampoo, although it's supposed to NOT cause allergic reaction. It's called Healthy Clean Pet Oatmeal and Aloe Shampoo for Irritated, Dry, Sensitive skin. I couldn't imagine it being this though!
4) I gave her these new sweet potato treats immediately after her bath, she could be allergic to them or one of the ingredients in it. We got them from LootPets and they're called Invasion of the Sweet Potato Crisps.

At first, I thought it was just matts all over her fur, so I used a brush and a furminator and this made it WAY worse or maybe just more visible. It's only on her back, back of neck, and back legs. She has shown no signs of itchiness or change in behavior, diet, etc. Although, when I did brush or touch the hair, her skin would twitch and she looked uncomfortable. We decided to give her a Benedryl and see if it helps, if it is hives or an allergic reaction. Hopefully she'll look better tomorrow. We're going to avoid the sweet potato treats and see if it goes away completely. If not, we're off to the vet! Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 01-26-2016, 12:24 AM
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Looks like a vet visit is in order.

As long as the hot water bath wasn't so hot as to be uncomfortable, I doubt you did any damage there....in fact, some insect bites, the itching and swelling can be diminished or even completely stopped with heat.

It looks like all the bumps are on his back, so maybe he rolled in something that irritated him, or maybe picked up a bunch of baby spiders that ended biting him before he somehow brushed, or shook them off. Also, were there any mosquitoes in the area? As you said, it could be hives too...allergic reaction to something???

If the bumps do look like they are itching, it would probably be safe enough to give you dog a benedryl - but you're vet would be the best one to figure out what's happened with your dog.

I don't know if mites or even something like a ring worm could cause those kinds of bumps - so again, it might be something your vet should check out.

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Old 01-26-2016, 12:49 AM
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Looks like a vet visit is in order. As long as the hot water bath wasn't so hot as to be uncomfortable, [...] - so again, it might be something your vet should check out.
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Hi Stormy!
I know it's so hard to say. It's so bizarre. She isn't itchy at all and I gave her Benedryl to see if the swelling would go down, but it didn't make them go away. When my husband and I were brushing her, we were looking through her fur and skin to see if these were swollen bumps due to insect bites, but there's no actual bite there. It's like the skin is just swollen and the hair is raised and swollen. She does like to roll on the ground at the park.. (Usually somewhere a dog pooped or peed or where there's a dead animal.. GROSS I know!) There might've been mosquitos at the park, but I couldn't imagine them causing THAT many bumps, plus I'm sure she'd be itchy like crazy. If they're still bumpy in the morning, we're going to give Benedryl one more time and then head to the vet if it isn't better. Here's a picture of her now after the Benedryl. It's helped a little... But still there. Thank you for your input! It's much appreciated.
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Lightbulb Mystery solved! We have an answer.

For anyone that wants to know, I took my sweet girl to the vet today and she was diagnosed with hives due to an allergic reaction from a shampoo I purchased on Amazon called Healthy Clean Pet Oatmeal & Aloe 100% Natural Organic Anti Itch, for Dry Irritated Sensitive Skin. My vet said some companies can say they're products are scientifically developed, but they aren't. He told me to rinse her in Dawn and continue the Benedryl. I rinsed her fur off and used the Dawn soap and she already looks much better! Hopefully, with a few more doses of Benedryl, she'll be 100% better!
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Thanks for the info
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What's funny about oatmeal shampoos are, if your dog is allergic to grains (including oatmeal) they will be allergic to that 'soothing ' oatmeal shampoo too! I also found this out the hard way with a Cairn Terrier that had allergies..... so much for 'hypoallergenic' huh? LOL!
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So glad that your vet figured it out, and your pup is on the mend!
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