FSF Complications

Can you tell that I have loss weight? My appetite has not been good coz I'm having a bad sickie.

My hind legs hurt and I'm feeling awful.

I wish the ouchies will go away soon.

I don't want any pressies for Christmas this year... all I want is for Santa to take away my sickies.

Note from the hooman: Familial sharpei fever (FSF) has been well documented as a serious congenital disease in sharpei breed and with each attack, it can lead to other complications such as amyloidosis and mucin infection (hyaluronosis). Hero had an attack recently and unfortunately, this time, complications set in and resulted in mucin infection on his hind legs. This is when the damaged blood vessels and skin tissues (mucin) on the swollen leg breaks apart with blood and pus oozing out, due to the damaged mucin attracting neutrophils. I would like to thank Dr. Linda J.M. Tintle (whom has been doing extensive research on FSF in Wurtsboro NY) for her insightful correspondence on hero's condition and any error herein is mine.

The treatment for infection and damage to the blood vessels from the FSF auto inflammatory reaction is by corticosteroids and antibiotics. However, prescription of such steroids will shrink hero's muzzle and he may lose his wrinkles. A small price to pay for recovering his health, which is priceless.


Lucy-Fur, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Oooh no! All we want for Christmas is your sickie to go away, too. Paws are crossed for you!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Family

Unknown said...

Oh no!!! Such terrible news!
Poor Hero. That is such a horrible sickie for Sharpeis to have!!! He must be in so much pain :((((
our prayers are with him and I really hope it will go away soon. I hope Santa will take away your sickies - they are horrible horrible sickies for an adorable pei like you.
We can already see your wrinkles going :( but you still look very handsome with or without wrinkles. If the steroids make you better, then it is but a small price to pay!

MadameMoiselle said...

We all hope that all the sickies will go away too..Poor hero.. We can tell you are in a lot of pain cuz you have lost all your cankles..

Get well soon my handsome shar pei.. We miss you lots and I hope the stalks have visited..

Merry Xmas Hero and Koko and Cheche and the little one!!

Licks and hugs
Zelle and family

Diana Chiew said...

We are so sad to see you are in pain. Please get well soon...

blissfulsally said...

I really like your blog and am so sorry that you're having this problem! All anyone who reads this would want is for you to get well quickly! We'll love you without the wrinkles too!

Lola and also Franklin, too said...

Oh, Hero! Our hearts just sank reading this. We so very sad to learn that you have bad sickies and that it's a FSF flare-up. We don't want another thing for Christmas except for you to be well and will be holding you in our thoughts every minute until we hear that you're feeling great again. Please keep us posted because we really will be thinking of you all the time.

your Pei pals, Lola, Franklin and family

3 doxies said...

Oh Hero...Lola told me has had da sickies so I had to rush right overs! I am so sorry you is having to go through dis again.
I don't cares if you loose your wrinkles as long as you get betters real quick.
Please knows dat we is sending our most powerful doxie vibes to you fur a quick recovery.
Oh and I thank da nice Vet lady dat has been helping you and your family.


georgia little pea said...

Dear Hero,

Your poor leg! It looks terribly sore and I'm sure you must be in much pain. But it sounds like your humans are finding out all they can and taking very good care of you. They must be so worried.

I hope you get well soon and have as good a christmas and new year as you can. Please keep us posted on how you're doing. Big hugs to you AND your humans xox

Pei In The Life said...

Ow! Oh my DOG Hero! We're sending Power of the Paw. I'll see if I can contact Santa and get him to make your Christmas wish come true.

Mom and Dad sends ear scratches, I send snuffles to make you all better!


Maggie Mae and Max said...


Lola told me you was sick! I am sending you lots of luv and puppy prayers to help you feel better.
Stay strong my furiend!
Merry Christmas to all!

Woofs and Healing Licks,
Maggie Mae

Dexter said...

HERO! Power of the paw coming your way big time! That is awful sickies. I agree that less muzzle skin is nothing if it means you get better. Oh take all your medicine and do whatever the vet says.


Anonymous said...

Miss Lola told us yu had da evil sickies Hero so we has comes ova to wish yu betters, we sending power of da paw healing forts n vibes yor way. My little sista finks yu will still looks most handsome even if yor medikayshuns makes some ovs yor wrinkles go. Yu can'ts put a price on yor health so do whateva is best my furiend.
Hope da Santy Paws comin helps yu feel a little better.
Richie & sista Ronnii
xx xx xxxxxx

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Hero, we are so very sorry that you are so sick. We all have our paws crossed and are calling on the power of the paw to help make you well again soon.

Hugs and Woos ~ the OP Pack - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

OH my goodness Hero...my mom was in shock when she opened your last post about your illness. I was wondering where you had been. I have never heard of this disease. It looks awful and you look to have already started to lose your wrinkles but you must get better Hero! Mom's going to read up about this disease as well. I hope you recover soon. I'm sending you my prayers and good thoughts your way.

Kasha the Dainty Great Dane & Denise

Corbin said...

Hi Hero, I'm coming over from Lola's blog... I have my paws crossed for you and will be thinking and praying for you to start feeling better as soon as possible!

The Daily Pip said...

Hi Hero - We hope you feel better soon! We are sending you many prayers and healing wishes. Take care!

Your pal, Pip

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. This can not be easy to deal with. I have never heard of this awful disease before, but obviously it affects many dogs.

I really hope the treatment helps and Hero is able to recover. I will be thinking of you.

pam said...

Oh dear Hero. We have paws crossed and Mommy is praying praying praying. I suffer from FSF too but haven't ever had bad leg owies like you.

Please get better soonest and not to worry about losing wrinkles or muzzle mass, you're still the handsomest Hero we knows!!!

Meja and Bobo and Mommy

sprinkles said...

OMD, poor Hero! It hurts just to look at that big owie. I am soooooo sorry you have to go through ao much pain.

I will keep you in my heart and prayers.

Yes, losing your wrinkles is a small price to pay for getting better. You'll always be handsome to me, no matter what you look like. Please keep us updated on your condition as you're able.

Merry Christmas, Hero!

Tama-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

WE came over from Bolo'd blog and would just like to say that we are crossing all 16 of our paws for you to get better quickly!

Everyone at Te Poupounette
in France

houndstooth said...

Oh Hero! That looks so painful. I cringed when I saw it! I really hope you're feeling better soon. I don't know if Santa can take care of something like that, but I'm going to cross my paws that he can. Please let us know how you're doing!


Elizabeth said...

Buster sends much love, dear Hero.
He knows you will be well looked after and feel better soon but we are sad you do not feel well.
Buster and family

Cocorue said...

we send you much love and we will pray that your sickies go away as we want you well as soon as possible, dear Hero...

we wish you a painless Christmas and a very healthy new year

lots of love and licks to you and your pawrents

coco, tiffy and mumster lilian

Thor and Jack said...

We´re so sorry that you´re sick, Hero. I´ll keep my paws crossed and we´re sending healing vibes your way. Get well soon! Thor xx

Unknown said...

Dear dear Hero,
We are so sorry u have been so unwell. We love u heaps and want u to get well soon.
We certainly don't mind if your wrinkles go away. They are adorable, yes, but we love you more than all the wrinkles in the world.
Get well soon. We are praying for u.
We wish u and your family a very Happy Christmas and we are sure Santa will bring u good health this year.
love, ginger, buddy n Shadow

The Oceanside Animals said...

Poor Hero! Get better soon! We will send purrs and tail wags your way.

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

Oh Hero! We are so worried about you! We will purr and purr that you get better. We like your muzzle and your wrinkles, but it's ok if you lose them a bit as we want you to get better!

fromsophiesview said...

This is too sad for words! Please take care of yourself and rest a lot and listen to your peeps! Try and have a happy holiday even if it makes you smile just a wee bit! Cheers!

Lorenza said...

I am so sad to know you have the sickies!
I have my paws crossed for you hoping you will get better soon!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

georgia little pea said...

Hi again Hero. It's good to hear you're better now. I hope that keeps up and that we will soon see a picture of your leg looking GOOD! Until then, xox to all of you.

Taffy said...

Oh No! My poor Hero! I'm so sorry you aren't feeling good. I wish I could jump on a plane and be your nurse to take care of you!
Please forgive me for taking so long to leave a note for you. We have not been able to blog much the past few weeks...only update my blog here and there. I sure hope you are feeling better by now.

Merry Christmas to you and Cheche and Koko!

Hugs and kisses to you!

the booker man said...

oh, hero, you can bet 50 gazillion green papers that me and asa and mama have our paws together for you to get better very very soon!! we are so sorry to see that you have the sickies and that terrible ouchie on your leggie. thinkin' very super much for you...

*healin' woofs*
the booker man

little princess Luna~ said...

OMD HERO--noooo~!!!! :((
i am so sad to see what is happening to you my sweet hero~!! i too hope you get better soon--i have my paws crossed for you beautiful~!!!!!!!


Draco and his Mom said...

We found out about your ouchies on Sprinkles Blog. I hope the medicines available can make those horrid pains go away real soon. I just know your humans are giving you lots and lots of touches and pets to help you forget about the owies a little.

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

We will be purring for you to get better quick!!

C said...

uh oh. you need stem cell research... and fast. Had two pei- one had amyloid. :(

Lois Lane/Laney said...
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Lois Lane/Laney said...

Oh my goodness. We are thinking of you and praying for a quick recovery!
You're precious no matter how many wrinkles you have. Get better soon!

Scout and Freyja said...

We are sending to you the strongest and best prayers and crossed paws that the internet can bring to our HERO friend. You must get well - you must. We need dogs like to on this earth and you are too young to leave...

♫Happy New Year, Hero♫ Fight the good fight and you will have hundreds to fight it with you...