Shar Pei Skin Problems

There are several Shar Pei skin problems that can affect you throughout your life. Among them we find fungi, irritations or allergies, because it is a particularly sensitive dog.

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In this article of YourCatCareguide we will show you the different problems that affect your skin and we will also explain some prevention methods in each case to try to avoid its appearance.

Keep reading this article about Shar Pei skin problems to learn how to discover and prevent them .

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Before you start …

Remember that Shar Pei is a dog with very sensitive skin, so you can suffer from various skin related problems. Before you medicate your dog or follow any kind of treatment it is crucial that you consult your veterinarian to make sure that it effectively addresses this problem. This article is just a guide that will help you identify some of these skin diseases and prevent them.

Skin Irritation

Skin irritation is a very common problem in Shar Pei which can be due to a dirty hair, substances that cause a reaction in the skin, shampoos that can irritate the skin and even the presence of foreign bodies. Your skin is highly sensitive, so you should take care of it.

To avoid irritation of the skin of the Shar Pei and therefore the appearance of diseases it is imperative to pay attention to these advice:

  • Keep your Shar Pei dry by paying attention after bathing.
  • On rainy or especially humid days you should dry it thoroughly with a towel.
  • Frequently check for specific areas such as the armpits or inside the folds of your skin.
  • Use dermo-protective products, never generic, are stronger.
  • Do not use colonies if they are not natural and harmless.
  • Always take it to the vet whenever it detects any abnormality.
  • Avoid licking or scratching, which generates moisture in the area.
  • Offer you products with omega 3 (like salmon), its effect is anti-inflammatory.

Keep reading to find out all the Shar Pei skin diseases that we will explain next.


Fungi can appear for different reasons, wrinkles or folds of the skin and the continuous friction of the skin of Shar Pei is one of the elements that favor the appearance of fungi, in addition to water contact and the advanced age of the dog in question.

The fungi usually appear in the same folds of the skin and in concrete zones as can be the armpits, depending on each case. The area becomes reddish, begins to lose by and segregate a white substance accompanied by an acid odor . We must avoid at all costs to lick and start treatment as soon as possible because heat and humidity favor its expansion.

The treatment is very simple and easy to carry out. It is most likely to prescribe a specific shampoo to treat fungi . Just wash the dog and let the product act. You will continue this process for as long as the veterinarian indicates.

Although fungus infection is a relatively easy to treat problem, it is advisable to consult a professional since a Shar Pei with fungi also has ear infection.

Keeping your dog clean and dry is undoubtedly the best way to prevent fungus, especially when returning from strolling with it should pay attention to dry its paws.


The Shar Pei is a dog sensitive to contracting allergies either due to feeding , in most cases, to elements of the environment such as plants and even due to a flea infestation . Only the veterinarian can determine what causes our Shar Pei to suffer from allergy and therefore administer an appropriate and case specific treatment.

We can easily resolve a food allergy by offering hypoallergenic ration although other causes should be treated with medication (antihistamines and cortisone) or specific shampoos. The truth is that allergies are very frequent in the Shar Pei dog.


The folliculitis affects dogs of the hair and short as in the case of the Shar Pei, we can sense it easily since the begins to fall in the affected area and appear small pustules. The dog with folliculitis will constantly scratch the pustules, until it can even try to bite the area that bothers you by making small wounds that can be infected.

All dogs have on their skin the causative bacterium called staphylococcus intermediusalthough not all develop this skin problem. It usually appears due to low defenses or other problems within the dog’s body that cause it to manifest. It can also occur for the same causes as other diseases on the dog’s skin: moisture, lack of hygiene, etc.

The treatment is usually antibacterial either by oral administration or, through creams or through specific shampoos. It will be the veterinarian who should recommend the next treatment and the time that it should last because most of the products dedicated to folliculitis can severely dry your hair.


Any dog, regardless of age or race may have tumors, is not unique to Shar Pei. Still, certain factors such as old age , toxic products and even lack of care of our Shar Pei can cause tumors.

There are many different types of tumors, benign or not, and we can only determine what to treat and start a treatment by biopsy a sample of the tumor tissue. If you believe that a tumor has appeared in your dog, consult the specialist as soon as possible so that they can have an examination and can determine what it is.

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This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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