Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Shiba Inu puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Shiba Inus, the best dog food diet for feeding Shiba Inu puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.

11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Shiba Inu dog breed

Shiba Inu Health Problems and Raising a Shiba Inu Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Shiba Inus:

The most common orthopedic problem in the Shiba Inu is luxating patella (loose knees) –over 10% of the breed is affected. Then there is hip dysplasia: the Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 2000 Shibas and found 6% dysplastic. Other orthopedic diseases in Shibas are elbow dysplasia and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.

The most common serious eye disease in the Shiba Inu is cataracts, and when they appear before two years old, they often progress to blindness. Other eye diseases in Shibas are eyelash abnormalities, entropion, corneal dystrophy, persistent pupillary membranes, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

Heart disease and hypothyroidism occur in the Shiba Inu.

Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada-like syndrome is an autoimmune disease that causes severe eye and skin problems in Shibas, but fortunately this disease is very rare.

Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Shiba Inu?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Shiba Inus today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Shiba Inu puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Shiba Inu puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Shiba Inu puppy or adult dog:

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Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Shiba Inu
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Natural dog foods for your Shiba Inu. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Shiba Inu
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.

Information on booster shots for your Shiba Inu. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Shiba Inu puppy really need? Does your adult Shiba need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.

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Information on spaying your Shiba Inu. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Shiba Inu.

Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.

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