|I have gone and am going through many of the same health issues as other shar pei owners. I have had three total shar pei over the last 8 years and each has had her own unique health issues. I see many people mentioning using Hills z/d non-allergenic food.
I found the following information in an article on http://www.peteducation.com...
Several studies have shown that some ingredients are more likely to cause food allergies than others. In order of the most common offenders in dogs are beef, dairy products, chicken, wheat, chicken eggs, corn, and soy.
Now look at the ingredients contained in the Hills z/d food many of you are feeding your pei...
Starch, Hydrolyzed Chicken Liver, Soybean Oil (preserved with BHA, propyl gallate and citric acid), Hydrolyzed Chicken, Powdered Cellulose, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Glyceryl Monostearate, Potassium Chloride, Iodized Salt, Choline Chloride, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), DL-Methionine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, Ethoxyquin (a preservative), Beta-Carotene.
The first four ingredients listed are Starch, Hydrolyzed Chicken Liver, Soybean Oil and Hydrolyzed Chicken. The starch is likely made from corn or wheat. ALL of these are known common allergens. Essentially, you're paying a lot of money for food at your vet's office that is likely exacerbating the food allergy problem in your shar pei. Thus causing you to spend even more money at your vet.
Instead of Hills food, try going to an independent pet store and purchasing premium dog food. It doesn't really cost any more than the Hills you're buying at the vet.
I also have a Great Pyrenees (in addition to my two shar-pei) who has an ultra sensitive stomach and food allregies. I've had him on Solid Gold Wolf King or Timberwolf Organics Blue Ocean for the last 7 years. My Pyr, Goliath, will turn 13 on Jan. 9th. The vet says he's not even geriatric yet. A pyr'saverage lifespan is 10-12 years.
Spend the money upfront on a good premium dog food. I can tell you from experience that I spend far less in vet bills because I spend my money on good dog food.
Dogs are no different than humans, if you put garbage in, you'll get garbage out. If we sat around and ate McDonalds all our lives, we'd end up with health issues too.