You Make The Diagnosis: Shar Pei Health Problems

This beautiful girl is Lulu, the most well behaved Shar pei I have ever met.  She greets everyone with a sniff before retreating to her gaurdian’s side.  Shar peis are known for their wrinkles and rough coats which may cause a rash in humans.  Name the most common health problems associated with the Shar pei breed of dog and then scroll down for the answers.


Here is a list of the most common health problems I see in the Shar pei breed of dog:

1) Skin fold infections, pyoderma and pododermatitis
2) Entropion
3) Hypothyroidism
4) Ear Infections
5) Demodectic Mange
6) Swollen Hock Syndrome which is also called Familial Shar Pei Fever

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.