Ok so i'm new to this forum and new to the boxer scene. We got a georgous 2 year old boxer a little over a month ago. We had been looking for the right one for over 2 years and when we found her we couldn't pass her up. She looked healthy and sharp. We got her updated on shots, changed her from cheap pedigree food to Nuro Natural Lamb and Rice and give her baths twice a week with a dog shampoo that is supposed to be sensitive to the skin(my husband has dog allergies so this is the only way we can have her in our house) She goes everywhere with us, plays in the snow, stays in the house most of the time w/ the exception of walks, etc. She is a great dog but about 3 weeks after we got her we were at my in-laws house and she randomly broke out into hives all over her back and neck. Nothing on her stomach, face, ears, etc. They didn't seem to be too ichy or anything so we just left them alone they just looked funny. They stayed around for about a week and a half then died down a little. When we came back to our house she hived up again but this time her hair on her back between her shoulders started thinning and she looked like she had some dandruf. This time they were a little more ichy but stilll nothing like scratching to bleed or anything. I tried to get my best look at them and they aren't sores or anything just bumps some red some not. Her ears are spotless clean and the rest of her skin looks heathy and hairy. She still looks really healthy just these hives and dandruf... I just gave her some benadryl to see if they were allergies and am trying to narrow it down but I thought i'd get some outside opinions. She is not outside enough to be any kind of plant alergy i don't think, especially cause the ground is covered in snow. I was wondering if it could be a food allergy and what i should switch her to, i only have Petco to shop at. Or do you think I need to invest in a better shampoo and conditioner maybe that is causing too much skin irritation? I just thought if it were that it would show up sooner. Please respond as quick as possible as i have to buy food tomorrow while i'm in town. She doesn't seem in pain or too irritated just looks funny and if it were Demox i want to catch it before it is bad. Also we don't have the financial funds to run to the vet for any bump or rash so please tell me what you might think.
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