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Question by Dawn
Submitted on 2/10/2004
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I have a 11 week old shar-pei puppy who has mild dandruff.  His skin is not red and appears to be in good condition, but I keep noticing white flakes on him.  Does this mean that he is developing a skin condition?  What is the best shampoo and conditioner for this breed?  How often should I bath him?

Answer by lisa
Submitted on 4/16/2004
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I had a similar problem with my dog that was 1/2 Shar-Pei and the vet recommended adding a tablespoon of vegetable oil to his daily food and it really helped.  Since yours is so young maybe start out with a smaller amount of oil or ask you vet.  Also you really don't need to bath them too often unless they are real dirty.  


Answer by shar pei answer
Submitted on 6/17/2004
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Shar Pei's can be fun... but expensive!  Believe me... I've had two of them myself.  Your puppy is probably alergic to the food that you are feeding it.  Try going to a Pet Store, and buy something that has NO corn.  Perhap'sa good lamb and rice food.  Or... you can try cooking some ground lamb (cook's just like hamburger), and white rice.  Mix this together, and feed to your puppy.  This is good for their coat, and should eliminate any algergy problems.  Shar Pei's are prone to alergy, and health problems.  Find a good vet that know'sabout Shar Pei's.  Call around, ask various vet's if they "treat" shar pei's or are familar with them.  Good Luck!


Answer by shar-pei smart one
Submitted on 12/13/2004
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try giving him scrambled eggs! it doesn't seem right but it helps out better than the veggie oil!


Answer by New Shar-Pei lover
Submitted on 9/22/2005
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I am having the SAME problem with a Shar-Pei of the same age.  Did the oil or the lamb diet work?  I love my little one and can't stand to see her itching all the time - this is my first Shar-Pei, but I'm actually thinking of getting another, I'm so in love with the breed.


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Submitted on 2/24/2006
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Answer by jessmo2
Submitted on 5/14/2006
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It doesn't matter if he has that. He is cute and wrinkley and loveable and nice. I love him.. wanna see how much... :)


Answer by Lori
Submitted on 6/20/2006
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Hello Dawn,
   I have 3 Shar-Pei's and they are the most wonderful breed... We had a similar problem with one of ours, and we started putting cod liver oils in their diet... Just drop one gel capsule into the bowl of food. In a few weeks we noticed that the flakes disappeared, we give this to them every day and they have healthy coats.  We use and aloe shampoo and we brush them every day.  We have no skin problems...
           Thanks again, if you want to talk about the breed just email me...
   we also have 5 puppies for sale that need good homes so if you know of anyone looking.. Just send and email...Thanks Lori


Answer by mummyontheedge
Submitted on 10/6/2006
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i have a 24 week old shar pei and my vet recommended adding Primrose oil to his food he said it is much better then any of the other oils and has really helped i was adding omega oil and that was doing nothing but the primrose did the trick..
good luck


Answer by Allergy
Submitted on 11/23/2006
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I've been working in a vet clinic who sees a lot of sharpei's. Actually dogs do not and can not develop food allergies until they are at least a couple of years old.  Their bodies need time to process and develop immune mediated responses and that takes a few years.  Cooking for your pet is not as easy at it sounds.  The can not tolerate the some amount of spices and salt that we use.  Also it is especially important that puppies t get the right amount of nutrients, energy , and vitamins in order to support their rapid growth.  Their need for calcium is a lot different than adult dogs and lack of calcium in their puppy diet can lead to bone problems such as arthritis and even play a role in the development of dysplasia.  So cooking for your dog is not a good idea unless it is well researched and the food contains the right nutrients.  Ask your vet about maybe supplementing with omega fatty acid and a multi vitamin in order to boost the immune system.. Skin is a major part of the immune system it is the first barrier against pathogens.. and even though you may not have though about it, the skin is an organ which is pores and needs nutrient support as well in order to function properly.


Answer by Angie
Submitted on 3/27/2007
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Our Shar Pei had the same problem, but was also scratching at the area. We took him to the vet and were instructed to give him 10 mL of children's benadryl (because it was likely an allergy). It has helped. And as recommended already above, buying the lamb and rice dog food is good for the shar pei's coat and skin conditions. Good Luck!


Answer by Romeo's Girl
Submitted on 6/19/2007
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I also have a 13 wk Sharpei and I have notice a little dandruff. The vet just sent me capsules AllerG-3 I hope this will make his coat less vurnable on skin deseases. We will see how it goes but you can try this.


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