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Shar Pei Is Not So Healthy

Aug 21, 2008
Of course, there are no perfect dog breeds or even individual dogs and thus even your Chinese Shar Pei will suffer from some health issues that will require treatment to take care of illnesses as well as imperfections.

Otherwise the chances of Shar Pei health problems arising will become even worse than they already are. To help the veterinarian treat your Shar Pei's health problems, it would be a good idea to first of all list the particular body part that is affected, which you can then show to the vet to help him diagnose the problem better.

There are a number of things that can go wrong with your Shar Pei in spite of providing it with the best care. And one of the most common ailments to worry about includes problems with the Shar Pei's skin. Contrary to expectations has nothing to do with its wrinkles, but rather, it most probably is due to lack of proper breeding. Which in turn is due to the great demand for this breed that has spawned many ill-bred Shar Peis that are unfortunately becoming easily available from puppy-mills and also from uncaring breeders.

Shar Pei health problems, whenever they occur can also be grounds for discontinuation of further breeding with that particular animal since you don't want to pass on more health problems to future generations of Shar Peis. What's more, before you even purchase or obtain your Shar Pei, you would do well to ensure that it wouldn't be coming to you with more health problems than is normal. And to ensure a healthy puppy, you need to have the breeder provide you with proof of the puppy's parents having been checked and also cleared of major health problems.

To begin with, you need to check that your Shar Pei does not have Entropion, which is a disease that affects fourteen different breeds of which the Shar Pei is one. The first signs of such a health problem will be noticed when your puppy has eye tacking. Another common Shar Pei health problem that you need to be aware of is cherry eye, which is a protrusion of a third eyelid. And without proper Shar Pei care your dog may also begin to suffer from hypothyroidism as well. Also, there is a condition known as Familial Shar Pei fever or "Swollen Hock Syndrome" that dog owners need to also worry about.

As far as Shar Pei health problems go, the bad news is that, by and large, the Shar Pei is a breed that is given to suffering from a number of significant afflictions and it is quite normal to find that it has developed cancer and there are also many allergies that can affect its health. Thus, giving it proper Shar Pei care is something that every owner should take seriously, since fleas cause many of the skin problems it suffers from. Flea saliva leads to allergies in your pet and which can be prevented through proper care.

Still, the Shar Pei is also a breed that does not need much maintenance and it is sufficient to brush it, though not necessary to bathe it every week. However, unfortunately, your pet may yet suffer from Shar Pei health problems due to no fault of its own.

It is unfortunate but true that Chinese Shar Pie are known to show many different kinds of health problems, and some of the reasons for this is that they were, at one time, being exterminated in China and thus whichever of them survived did not enjoy the best of health. Also, because of its popularity, the Shar Pei has been mass produced with many puppy-mills and pet shops not breeding good quality dogs, and also there has not been much done to improve this breed.
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Melissa Coleman is an avid 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 there, you will find out more about Shar Pei Health Problems plus a whole lot more.
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