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Shar-Pei Fever

By: Dr. Erika DePapp

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Optimal treatment for your pet involves a combination of home and professional veterinary care. Follow-up can be critical, especially if your pet does not rapidly improve.

  • Administer all prescribed medications as directed. Alert your veterinarian if you are having problems treating your pet, or if adverse side effects are noted.

  • Frequent monitoring of complete blood counts is important for patients treated with colchicine. Initial evaluation should be carried out every two weeks.

  • Patients in kidney failure also require careful and frequent monitoring of weight, kidney values, blood pressure, blood protein levels, and red blood cell counts.

  • Unfortunately this is not a curable disease, and close contact with your veterinarian will be necessary to optimize treatment and keep your pet as comfortable as possible.

  • Ultimately most patients with recognized shar-pei fever die of kidney failure within several years.

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