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Symptoms of FSF by Sandra, list owner of the yahoo group Shar-pei FSF
All pei that fever do not necessarily present the same symptoms. Some
will have a few while others will have some or most of the symptoms. Some may show a little something different.
*** THe most common symptoms of FSF are.
1- Fever 103 to 106 degrees or higher [any fever over 105 needs to see a
2 - Arched back
3 -Standing in place acting like they do not want to move or are unsure
what to do.
4 - Wanting to go off to a dark quite place by themselves.
5 - Not wanting to eat or drink.
6 - Wanting to cling to you as if asking for help because they are in pain.
7 - Walking like they are walking on egg shells.
8 - Swollen back hocks one or both, they feel hot to the touch and feel harder then normal and they
are painful to the pei...The muzzle may be involved also, one or both
sides, it is also swollen and feels harder then normal as do the hocks.
Some pei will have one or the other while some pei may have both hock
and muzzle swelling..It's important for pain and fever to give aspirin
as soon as you notice they are acting like an episode is starting..not
only will it help with pain but it may just stop the episode from going
further......If you aren't using homeopathic remedies, aspirin is good because it can also help to prevent clots that can happen during a fsf attack.
9 - You may also see them sway back and forth like they're going to fall over.
10 - Tail down, most pei will not hold there tail up if they do not feel
12 - Some vomiting my occur. It's good to try after a few hours to get some chicken broth or yogurt in to they're tummy. Just spooning a few spoonfuls of either. Once my boy tasted the chicken broth he would drink a little..some also have diarrhea.
13 - Jaw clenching [muzzle not involved, but may be with some.]
14 - Panting due to high fever.
15 - Squinting eyes almost shutting eyes and keeping eyes shut while standing or sitting.
***The following is extra input and observations collected by owners of fevering pei and the symptoms they have expressed during a FSF/SHS.
16 - Any pei that continues to fever and have red hocks that does not
subside or the redness spreads, dogs seems sicker or the skin peals or has pimples get to a vet immediately as it can be STSS.
There is a picture of a pei with STSS on the home page of the Shar-Pei
FSF group. There are many articles and links about most diseases Pei have as well as help for the them in Links.