"Swollen hock syndrome is most common in the Shar Pei breed and goes by many different names, depending on where you are and what the local breeders are referring to the condition as. In some areas it is called Familial Shar Pei Fever, Hock Fever or Systemic Amyloidosis. Not a true fever as such, swollen hock syndrome is caused by an inability of the body, namely the kidneys and liver, to correctly break down and remove amyloidal proteins from the body. These amyloids can collect in the joints, bones and muscles resulting in the swelling and tenderness in the legs, muzzle and other muscles of the body." http://www.terrificpets.com/articles/Swollen-Hock-Syndrome.asp
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Low Protein Diet
[YEA] 09/24/2009: Msandello from Hesperia, Ca: "I started both of my peis on a low protein diet with no more 16% crude protein and since then, neither have exhibited the symptoms again. I will also try the recommendation of Colchicine 0.6mg twice a day as you suggested. Thank you."
02/22/2009: Margie from Hesperia, CA: "I need help with curing/helping my two female shar-peis who are exhibiting signs of swollen hock syndrome which is a result of a Shar Pei's inability to break down and get rid of amyloidal protein. I rely on many cures found here on Earthclinic.com and hope I can get some answers for my beloved pets."Replies
07/25/2009: Gina from Weatherford, TX replies: "I have two Peibies that have this problem. My vet started them on Colchicine 0.6mg twice a day. It is ment to stop the progression of Amyloidosis, stopping further damage and in most dogs it helps to stop or lessen the episodes of pain. It has worked for both of mine and we haven't had any episodes for years. Dr. Vidt's website is also a great source of information on the breed. Best Wishes!"