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Tips For Shar Pei Care

May 28, 2008
Shar Pei's not only have a unique personality but they also have health problems that are just as unique to their breed as their personality. Due to the wrinkles in a Shar Pei's skin they face many Shar Pei health problems such as ear infections, skin problems and eye problems.

To avoid health problems the best thing to do is keep your regular appointments with a veterinarian who is aware of problems specific to the Shar Pei breed.

Your veterinarian can give you an ear wash to use at least once a week in order to keep your dogs ears clean. The ear wash is an important part of keeping the earwax loose both inside the ear and further down in the ear canal. It is also a good idea to place a special salve in the ears at least once a month in order to prevent ear infections. If you notice any signs of an ear infection it is important to get your dog to a veterinarian right away for treatment. The key to keeping your dog healthy is to get medical attention for any conditions such as ear infections.

When your Shar Pei begins pawing at their eyes you know they have eye problems. The Shar Pei can have problems with the lids rolling in because of the wrinkles in their skin. Sometimes just the top or bottom lids are affected but in some cases both the lids can be affected. As soon as possible you want to correct this Shar Pei health problem with an operation otherwise your Shar Pei can eventually go blind. For your dog it feels the same as having an eyelash stuck in your eye and you know how painful that can be.

The most common Shar Pei health problems that are seen by veterinarians are skin conditions. A Shar Pei without skin problems is actually a rare dog. Too much bathing can sometimes lead to skin problems. After you bathe your Shar Pei it is important to rinse them thoroughly. To help with the itching you can use human Benedryl and it won't hurt your dog.

Another important part of Shar Pei health is to check between their paws from time to time. Sometimes a Shar Pei can get sore paws and you will know this when your dog starts to constantly lick their paws. Your veterinarian can recommend an antibiotic salve that won't harm your Shar Pei if they lick it. The antibiotic will also help to relieve the soreness between the paws.

Despite their health problems the Shar Pei makes an excellent pet. If you are getting your dog from a reputable breeder there is less chance that your Shar Pei will develop breed specific health problems. On the other hand, getting a Shar Pei from a puppy mill or unknown source could have health problems.

It is important that you carefully consider both the puppy and the person you are getting the dog from before taking it into your household. If you have any concerns regarding your Shar Pei health you should talk with your veterinarian since they are trained to handle breed specific problems.
About the Author
Melissa Coleman is an avid lover of the Shar Pei and has a popular website that can show you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Shar Pei . Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Shar Pei Health plus a whole lot more.
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