Most common health problems in Shiba Inus, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Shiba Inu

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Shiba Inu, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

Raise your dog the RIGHT way, feed him the RIGHT food, give him the RIGHT vaccinations, avoid unnecessary veterinary expenses, and help him live a longer, happier, and more comfortable life.

If your Shiba already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

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Shiba Inu dog breed

Shiba Inu Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Shiba Inu health problems

Shibas can have bad joints – loose knee joints (luxating patella) or malformed hip or elbow joints (hip and elbow dysplasia). These orthopedic disease cause lameness and pain and can require expensive surgery.

Cataracts can progress to blindness, especially in young Shibas.

Allergies cause itchy skin and scratching that can lead to bacterial infections (hot spots).

Heart disease and hypothyroidism also occur in the Shiba Inu.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Shiba Inu have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, luxating patella, and hip dysplasia, your Shiba has less risk of developing those conditions.

Other health problems can be prevented, or partially prevented, by the ways you raise your dog. If you're serious about doing everything you can for your Shiba, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Shiba Inu puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways. It will help you be your dog's health care champion!


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

Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Shiba Inu lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Shiba
Food is the #1 foundation for good health. The best diet for feeding your dog is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, fish....these are not just "people foods" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Shiba Inu. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Shiba
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 puppy really need? Does your adult Shiba Inu need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


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


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


Information on choosing the best vet for your Shiba Inu. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Assisi Loop Assisi Loop Review: How I Helped Treat Inflammation and Pain
Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis, a skin wound? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to help reduce inflammation and pain.


Complete list of Shiba Inu health problems

The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 3500 Shibas and found 6% affected with hip dysplastia. Luxating patella (loose knee joints) also occurs at a 6% rate. Elbow dysplasia is at 4%.

The most worrisome eye disease in the Shiba Inu is cataracts; when they appear before two years old, they often progress to blindness. Other eye diseases include 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 rare.


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