I have very good quality shar-pei, but no perfect ones. No one does. There are no
perfectly clean bloodlines. Even those that have not had shar-pei fever in many
generations could still produce it. I can tell you that I have many, many repeat
buyers over the past 30+ years. Even though I cannot guarantee that an individual
dog will be perfectly healthy, I do guarantee
that I will replace your dog if a genetic problem appears in the first two years.
Some Shar-Pei can have inhalant allergies, which are easily treated with over the
counter human benedryl. Signs are itchy skin, runny nose, runny eyes, ear issues.
These usually only occur with high pollen count. I recommend 50 mg benedryl per
40 lbs of dog, twice daily. In extreme cases, every 8 hours may be necessary.
Benedryl is safe for any age and can be used for prolonged periods with no ill results.
This is not something to expect, but you need knowledge to know how to deal with
it. Untreated, this can lead to renal failure. People think this is a death sentence,
but by itself this is not critical. Intermittant fevers can be uncomfortable, but
do not shorten the life of the dog. If treated properly with a fever reducer, the
dog should recover with no ill effects. Most dogs will never have a fever, but some
will run them intermittently throughout their lives. Some people believe that stress
is a factor.
A swollen appendage is often an indication that there are kidney issues involved.
In this case, a consultation with a veterinarian is important.
Their are medications for this if the vet feels it is necessary.
For more information on Shar-Pei fever and other Shar-Pei health topics, I recommend
you take a look at
this information from veterinarian Linda Tintle.
Last updated on 11/14/2010