Owning dogs, especially taking care of a Shiba Inu is nothing new for pet owners across the globe. Some zoologists claim that these dogs were domesticated as long as twenty-five thousand years ago and that they evolved from wolves. Shiba Inu is also one of the favorite choices among dog owners. Many owners are unaware of many common Shiba Inu care tips that we are going to cover in this article. Let’s start!
The annual budget for having your Shiba Inu munch on tasty snacks, food, vet bills can vary between 400$ to 700$. This, unfortunately, doesn’t include capital expenses for collars, crates, sterilization, etc. Pro tip: Be positive that you have all the necessary supplies before you get your Shiba Inu home.
Daily brushing will keep your Shiba Inu clean and reduce shedding. Inspect for fleas and ticks regularly during warm weather. Many Shiba Inu don’t require a bath more than a few times during the year. Prior to the bath, it’s suggested to comb or cut out any mats from the Shiba Inu’s coat. Speaking of baths, make sure to check out Best Shampoos for Shiba Inus on this page here: my pet and I really had fun with some of their products on our previous bath.
Shiba Inu Care + Feeding Schedule
- Shiba Inu puppies between eight and twelve weeks old need four servings of food in a day
- Feed Shiba Inu pups three to six months old about three meals every day
- Feed puppies 6 months to 1 year two times in 24 hours
- Some Shiba Inus prefer 2 lighter servings. Your job is to learn your pet’s eating habits and tendencies
Top-quality dry food ensures balanced nutrition to fully matured Shiba Inus and can be mixed with broth, water, and some types of canned food. Your Shiba Inu may like cottage cheese, fruits, vegetables, some love cooked eggs. These dishes should not add up to more than 10% of his/her daily food. Shiba Inu pups should preferably be fed with top quality puppy food. The best advice is to cut down on “people food” because it can cause mineral imbalances and bone and teeth concerns alongside obesity. Clean and fresh water must be available exclusively and make sure to clean food and water dishes regularly.
Shiba Inu must get exercise in order to stay healthy and fit. Shiba Inus tend to get bored very easily so exercise helps them alleviate their daily fun needs. Individual exercise needs can depend on your Shiba Inu’s level of age and health. Ten minutes in the backyard and a walk around the block each day will probably not be sufficient. If your Shiba Inu is a 6 – 12 month adolescent, his requirements will often be much higher.
Housing Your Shiba Inu
Your Shiba Inu needs a quiet and comfy place to have a productive and healthy sleep. You might consider buying a dog bed or make one from a wooden box. Place a clean sheet, comforter, and a blanket inside as a cushion. It’s also important to wash the Shiba Inu’s bedding frequently. If the Shiba Inu spends time outside often, be certain he has access to plenty of water and shade during hot sizzling days of summer and a dry, comfy shelter in winter
Toxins and Medicines
If you’re planning on giving your Shiba tablets that were not prescribed by his veterinarian, don’t. One little ibuprofen tablet can possibly cause stomach ulcers in Shiba Inus. Make sure your Shiba Inu is never exposed to poisons such as rat poisons and other rodenticides. When you think your pet has consumed a poisonous substance, urgently call the vet for help. Timing can be crucial in issues like these. American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Center can also be reached out at (888) 426-4435 24/7 for help.
Unless you’re at home and in a well secured and fenced-in place, always keep your Shiba Inu on a leash. They can be rather hasty when left unattended. Hopefully, by reading this article you learned something new in treating your beloved Shiba.