Frequently Asked Questions
Odor in Shar-Pei
Odor in SP can often be isolated to one of several areas:
Lastly, some Shar-Pei, especially of the horsecoat variety, have a normal "hound dog" odor to them.
- Mouth odor -- usually due to dental problems, lip fold infections, chin
infection, mouth tumors. Bad breath can also occur with
kidney failure (uremic poisoning), dehydration, oral injuries,
oral foreign objects or be diet related.
- Ear problems --yeast infections, bacterial infections, food and hay fever-
- Eyes -- associated with increased drainage due to entropion, mucopurulent
discharge seen in keratoconjunctivitis sicca ("dry eye"), glaucoma,
rubbing and itching the eyes related to allergic disease (hay fever,
food) and increased tearing with prolapsed gland of the third
eyelid ("cherry eye").
- Skin problems -- bacterial pyoderma (infections) and/or Malassezia (yeast)
dermatitis. These are usually secondary to endocrine
skin disease such as hypothyroidism, hay fever-type
allergies, food allergies, nutritional problems, parasitic
dermatitis as occurs in demodectic/sarcoptic mange
and with flea problems. Infected bite wounds can be
another common cause of odor to the skin especially
noticeable a few days after a dog fight. Odor with skin
disease is usually caused by the dog's licking and
chewing due to itching. Skin irritation due to any cause
results in an increase in skin oil production. When the
excess oil is broken down by organisms such as bacteria
and yeast a "ranchid" odor is produced.
- Feet - often odor to the feet is secondary to the same problems as discussed
under skin problems. The feet are a particular target for licking and
chewing associated with allergic disease such as atopy (hay fever-
type allergy) and food allergy.
- Perineum (anal area) - certainly there are "normal" odors associated with
flatulence or gas. Abnormal odors can be associated with
diarrhea, colitis, tumors around the rear end and especially
anal gland problems such as abscesses, infection and