TIPS FOR NEW OWNERS

 (Vaccines) Shar-Pei  can react to vaccinations; research shows that if you vaccinate a dog once in its life then this is enough. There is no need to over vaccinate dogs.  Please check out the website for Canine health Concern, www.canine-health-concern.org.uk  & read on the section for vaccines to help you see that it is not necessary to over vaccinate & therefore cause possible illness in the future.

(Fleas) Never use flea spray or spot on flea drops. These products contain pesticide & we cannot get this on our skin, so imagine the damage it can cause to our dogs??.

If you use a small bit of garlic in their dinner ever day, & a capful of Cider apple Vinegar ( unpasteurised) in there drinking water. This keeps fleas & worms at bay. I have only seen 3 fleas in 15 years 1 was in my show bag & the other 2 where on the dogs but where fighting for the life soon dropped off.
Put a few drops of tea tree oil with water in a squirty bottle, & you can give them a spray down with it too keep any bugs off.
Or just give them a wipe down with 50/50 Cider Vinegar using a damp cloth. Do all this & you will never have to use Pesticides again which do cause skin problems.


Shar- pei (DO NOT DO WELL ON TOO MUCH PROTEIN) they over heat & are very lethargic & scratch a lot,
Often this is mistaken for Shar – Pei Fever. So if you use a complete food it should be about 18/ 20 % protein only. You can add Fruit & veg to complete food but not extra Protein.  
 
Salt & sugar are bad too, The sugar substitutes such as Xylitol can cause death with in 24 hr’s chocolate, raisins, grapes, are toxic & so are some plants.
NEVER LET YOUR DOG DRINK OUT OF PUDDLES, AS THEY MAY HAVE DEADLY ANTIFREEZE IN THEM.

Please go too the canine health concern to find out what is really in commercial dog food.
www.canine-health-concern.org.uk
            
Listerine mouthwash is very good on hot spots, just apply with cotton wool. 

Mullein Ear drops,
apply several drops of the warmed oil into the ear canal wipe ear with cotton wool ball, you can use a cotton bud to clean around the knobbly bits, but do not poke down the ear,  or you can just put the oil on cotton wool balls & wipe ears out for just routine cleaning.
Ingredients light olive oil, Mullein leaves & flowers, Garlic cloves,
place all in large jar & leave in a dark warm place for a month or so, drain oil through a sieve & put in to bottles, now it's ready to use.   

Managing Shar-Pei Autoinflammation & Hyaluronosis: Point #6

6. Ensure Adequate Vitamin D3.

Active Vitamin D modulates the over-active toll like receptors (TLRs) in inflammatory disease, returning them to a more normal functionality. Hyaluronan fragments bind to TLRs to activate the pro-inflammatory cascade. Activation of the Vitamin D receptor inhibits maturation and causes death of mast cell precursors and can help inhibit allergic inflammatory responses.

A study out of Tufts’ University showed that as many as 75% of dogs were insufficient or deficient in Vitamin D. Dogs on home-cooked diets had the lowest value and had the widest variation in their individual levels but dogs on commercial dog food were also very likely to have insufficient Vitamin D levels.

Supplementation may be needed if a dog is on a home-cooked diet without added dietary sources of Vitamin D, or who has severe allergies, arthritis or chronic inflammation.

Dog do not convert cholesterol into Vitamin D in the skin with sun exposure the way people do and require dietary sources. These include liver, other organ meats, fat from pastured ruminants, salmon oil, and cod liver oil.

Discuss baseline testing with your veterinarian if you are concerned that your dog may need supplementation. Maintenance need for Vitamin D3 in dogs has been estimated to be 50-475 IU per 10 lbs of body weight per day but more will be required to restore dogs insufficient or deficient to sufficient levels.

Vitamin D supplementation is best given in the morning with a fatty meal (along with some fatty meat or fish, cheese, butter or coconut oil, not a piece of bread or some plain kibble).

HyVitality contains Vitamin K2 and magnesium, necessary co-factors for proper Vitamin D3 absorption.

Excessive Vitamin D can lead to toxicity but is very uncommon unless due to rodenticide poisoning and massive overdose. Nevertheless, caution is advised when supplementing with Vitamin D.

Linda Tintle DVM - Oct 31, 2015