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The Origin Of Shar Pei Allergies

Jul 17, 2008
There are many Shar Pei allergies that can be overcome with some careful thought. Unfortunately there are also a number of autoimmune problems that your Shar Pei will face that may end in medical problems requiring professional medical care. Special veterinary care is usually required for some of the allergic skin conditions and even when treated will require constant future management by the pet owner. Combined with strong behavioral tendencies the Shar Pei is not a low maintenance pet and it is also quite an expensive pet to own.

As with all pet allergies, Shar Pei allergies are usually caused by something we do to them. Often allergic reactions result from a change of food or a change of shampoo. As owners we need to consider the results of our actions at all times and given that the Shar Pei is now a pure breed recognize that the pure breeds often exhibit less tolerance for change of all forms.

A Shar Pei is a large dog and can weigh up to sixty pounds for a large specimen. Its large number of wrinkles exacerbates the potential for skin allergies on such a large dog. Of course these features of its appearance are based on the historic uses of the breed. A Shar Pei can be frightening when this rather unusual collection of skin and fur faces you off. Their tendency towards aggressive behaviors can lead to additional problems with routine care items such as nail trimming and ear cleaning.

Shar Pei allergies can become a serious concern if they require a vet. Routine veterinary assistance is not typical easy with a Shar Pei and many vets may not approach the dog unless it is under sedation or anesthesia.

Routine care and pet maintenance problems such as these make the Shar Pei an expensive and high maintenance pet. Preventative home care is important for this reason.

This mysterious dog has an unusual history that has contributed to its overall health and welfare. At one point the Shar Pei was facing extinction. In fact the Shar Pei only began to make its mark in North America in the last thirty to forty years.

Shar Pei allergies and skin issues are typically cosmetic and many Shar Pei specific allergies do not really contribute to this short life span. This short life span is rather more a factor of the size of the dog and its behaviors.

Furthermore, their mysterious origins appear to compensate for many of their shortcomings, and there is an obvious demand in today's pet markets for their very unusual look. However, the need for training and the unusual nature of the health of this animal would nominally indicate that this is one pet that needs a truly committed dog owner and not a part-time pet lover.
About the Author
Melissa Coleman is a passionate lover of the Shar Pei and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Shar Pei . Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Shar Pei Allergies plus a whole lot more.
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