Shar Pei – Disease Predisposition

Shar Pei


Dermatological conditions

Generalised demodicosis
  • Shar Peis are in the ten breeds at highest statistical risk of this disease in the Cornell, USA population
Food hypersensitivity
Primary seborrhoea
Idiopathic cutaneous mucinosis
  • May occur due to intentional breeding for excessive skin folding

Gastrointestinal conditions

Congenital idiopathic megaoesophagus
Congenital (sliding) hiatal hernia
  • Breed predisposition
Lymphocytic-plasmacytic enteritis

Immunological conditions

Selective IgA deficiency

Musculoskeletal conditions

Hip dysplasia
  • Sixteenth worst mean-scoring breed in the BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia Scheme as of October 2001
Familial Mediterranean fever

Neoplastic conditions

Canine cutaneous histiocytoma
Mast cell tumours
  • This breed is predisposed to developing this tumour at less than 2 years of age (5 out of 18 reported cases)

Ocular conditions

Entropion (often involves upper and lower lids)
  • Very common and often very severe; may be secondary to excessive facial skin folds
Prolapse of the gland of the nictitating membrane
Primary lens luxation
Fibrosing esotropia

Renal and urinary conditions

Renal amyloidosis (as part of reactive systemic amyloidosis)
  • Familial

Respiratory conditions

Primary ciliary dyskinesia

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