PRA: Progressive Retinal Atrophy: It occurs when the photoreceptors in the back of the eye begin to fail, which makes seeing in the dark difficult.PRA leads to complete blindness.
Cataracts: Shiba Inu’s often do not get this until they are up in age a bit, and vary in severity. It happens when there’s an opacity on the lens of the eye, which eventually causes the lens to tear, and gives the pupil that ‘cloudy’ appearance. There are many different types of cataracts, surgeries and treatments are available to correct the issue
Seizures: Another issue with Shiba's that can often be controlled with proper medication. Also, make sure your Shiba Inu is on a good flea/tic medication we recommend Revolution it is an RX through your Vet and the safest we have found. No issues ever to date.
Allergies: Shiba Inu's are pronto allergies this can be skin or present with sneezing and swollen eyes.
Hypothyroidism: Shiba Inus can be pronto this. If the thyroid isn’t regulating thyroid hormones properly (which directly affects metabolism), then the dog will often become lethargic, obese, hair loss, sometimes itchy. Possibly excessive need to urinate. Once diagnosed this can be controlled with Thyroid Medication.
Hip Dysplasia: Hip Dysplasia is a big one for all breeds—but it’s most commonly found in heavier set dogs that grow too quickly into their bodies. It occurs when there’s the displacement between the thighbone and hip joint. It can cause lameness in the leg(s), difficulty walking, an abnormal gait, varying degrees of pain, and at worse immobility.
This effects so many breeds of dogs, there are tons of treatments now available. Normally, the dog will correct their gait and live a perfectly healthy life, but in extreme cases corrective surgery is needed to allow further mobility. It’s not life-threatening and varies greatly in severity (often dependent on how it developed). the good thing about Shiba Inu's is they are a smaller breed so often it doesn't affect the quality of life for they are a lighter dog.
Patellar Luxation: This is pretty common in the Shiba Inu. when the ligament in the knee is weak and dislocates, which often results in a kneecap that shifts in and out of place. A Shiba Inu can be predisposed to this condition at birth, but an injury can also be the cause of Luxation. Often corrected with surgery.
occurs when there’s an accumulation of fluid in the chest of the dog. Symptoms being: Lack of appetite, extreme fatigue, difficulty breathing, coughing and wheezing, and weakness. Overall the dog is not feeling well. Often breathing becomes deep.
It’s usually treated by removing the fluid and incorporating a low-fat diet, but in the more severe cases, surgery is required to correct the issue.
*Hot Spots: Shibas can be prone to hot spots often caused by a food allergy. Red hot and moist areas of the skin. Treatable with a good Chlorhexidine scrub. Allergy testing is recommended if your dog continues to develop them.
* NOTE: I have seen far too many dogs with a bad case of worms. In fact every dog I own came to me this way! Except for one many Breeders just don't get that is something you have to be on top of all the time. Do your due diligence and keep up with it and rotate wormers. I like Fenbendazole and I like to use the Quad Wormer 3x a year on my dogs as well. Keep up with it it can make a big difference in the health of your dog. It always amazes me how little many breeders know about this.
*Common worms are controllable with a routine worming treatment. Puppies need to be wormed every two weeks until 14 weeks of age, then every month until six months of age. Once your Siberian is six months of age they still need to be wormed every three months for effective protection for dogs pick them up on their paws all the time in the grass and in the soil.