Are Shiba Inu’s Prone to Seizures?

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Shiba Inu’s are susceptible to having seizures. There are many treatments available today and here are a few that Shiba owners have seen the most success with, treatments that can help all dogs with seizures to some degree.

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How Healthy is the Shiba Inu Breed?

All dogs are going to experience signs of old-age as they age. It is very common for almost every dog breed to experience arthritis. However, the Shiba Inu breed is known to develop glaucoma, allergies, patella luxation, hyperthyroidism and may also develop seizures at any time. The reason that seizures will occur has to do with the genetics of the dog, although this can happen to most mammals. It is important to always monitor your dog while it is having a seizure, and then make a quick determination if you should call a veterinarian for help, or provide it with the medication that you have already been given. This is actually a progressive disease with these dogs, and it’s good to keep a journal just to see how much more frequently the seizures are happening. It should also contain information about how severe the seizures are, information that the veterinarian can use to properly prescribe treatments and medications that can help them with this problem.

What Causes Seizures in Dogs?

A seizure essentially comes down to an incredible surge of electrical activity in the brain, something that can get out of control if the neurotransmitters in the brain are imbalanced. The brain is a huge electrical organic computer, one that relies upon the impulses that we all have, to maintain the way that we think, how we act, and allows us to reason. In dogs, the same is true with the seizures that may occur in them. There are only a few ways to tackle this problem. One is to provide them with pharmaceuticals that can control seizures, and the other is to make sure that they have a healthy diet and plenty of activity in their life. Chemical imbalances, especially when neurotransmitters become imbalanced or deficient, can often be the result of aging. As dogs get older, their body will start to produce things intermittently, and one of those things are the neurotransmitters in their brain. These can be brought into balance by using certain drugs that are able to get things under control, very similar to anti-anxiety medication. Later in the article we will tell you exactly what these drugs are, how they work, and a natural supplement that can help after the seizures have occurred. If you do notice that your dog is having even the slightest spasm, and they are getting on in years, it’s definitely time to start writing down when they occur, how often they occur, and then subsequently take them to your local veterinarian for a checkup.

How do I Know if My Shiba Inu is Having a Seizure?

Early on, they may simply resemble what may appear to be a muscle spasm, something that quickly appears and leaves. However, this may be an indication that the seizures are starting to occur, and this is where you will want to start making your documentation. If it was a muscle spasm, they will likely not have this happen again for quite some time, but if they become more consistent, and they also become seemingly painful, it’s definitely time to go to the veterinarian. They will always have some type of medication, whether a prescription or a natural treatment, that can help, and will also recommend different activities and procedures that you can use to help keep them at bay. To view a more detailed description of symptoms to look out for please visit this page: what causes seizures in dogs.

Are There Natural Treatments for Seizures?

There are many people that will recommend certain natural remedies that can help a Shiba Inu get through these difficult events. They will keep honey on hand which is very helpful, but it is much better to have a supply of Karo syrup. It is well-known that seizures can actually affect a dogs blood sugar levels which can lead to other problems. It’s also a good idea to remove dog food from their diet that has a significant amount of dyes and preservatives, something that many pet owners have found to be helpful. Click here or on the image below to see the current best-rated natural seizure treatments available today. 

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Medications That Require a Veterinarian Prescription

There are a couple of medications that you can get from your veterinarian. Both of these medications are actually prescribed to humans as well, both of which can reduce the frequency and duration of seizures and will also help with anxiety disorders. One of them is a barbiturate called phenobarbital which can be used to treat insomnia, relieve anxiety and tension, and also help with seizures. The other is a benzodiazepine called diazepam, one that can help balance the chemical properties within the brain. It is used to treat anxiety, spasms in your muscles, and is one of the medications that is also prescribed for both humans and dogs for seizures.

After you have taken your dog to the vet, they will likely prescribe one of these medications in order to help them with their condition. It is also recommended that you have Karo syrup on hand because their blood sugar will be low after the seizure which can help them get up and running. The combination of all of this, plus keeping a regular journal on the seizures that they are having, can help you make sure that your dog will have a long and healthy life. Just make sure that you take them immediately after experiencing the event to get this medication if they do have a full seizure, an indication that it is definitely time to get dog seizures treatment that works.

In the video below, Dr. Jeff Grognet DVM explains what you should do if your dog has a seizure.

How to Manage the Shedding Shiba Inu

Many, if not most, people tend to pick a dog primarily for their appearance. They see a cute little fur-ball with big imploring eyes staring up at them, and it’s love at first sight. While this may be an effective way to pick a Teddy Bear, it is not recommended for choosing a family pet that will be with you for the next eight to twelve years!

Let’s face it. All dogs are cute and cuddly. If they happen to be currently residing at an animal shelter, they all want that “forever home” — and will do whatever it takes to get it, including melting your heart! But such a long-term commitment requires at least a modicum of forethought.

One breed that seems to have that heart-melting effect on dog lovers is the Shiba Inu. A “Shiba” has many good qualities and can indeed be that ideal choice for some dog owners. However, it is also a perfect example of the importance of entering into a commitment with both eyes open. If a person has all the facts, is willing to put in the extra time, and exercise the extra patience required, a Shiba can indeed be a good pet and companion.

The first thing that comes to mind to those who know the Shiba Inu, however, after getting past its sweet, fox-like appearance, is that this is a dog that sheds BIG time! Any Shiba owner, or its groomer, will attest to this fact.

Fortunately, the majority of its shedding is seasonal, about three weeks during the spring and again in the autumn. During the rest of the year they only shed – A LOT! Yes. Expect to find little doggie hairs all over your carpet and furniture all the time! You have been forewarned!

Shedding Season

If this does not deter you from your resolve to be a Shiba owner, take comfort in the fact that they do have good qualities. Just know, your groomer is about to become your new best friend (or worst enemy, depending on his or her feelings toward all that shedding). With your groomers help, however the shedding can be kept under control. The suggestions below, shared by a groomer who has had numerous Shiba Inu clients, can go a long way in helping you manage your dog’s shedding issues.

Schedule Regular Visits with the Groomer

This is imperative if you don’t want your house and clothes to look like they too are shedding! Your groomer can keep the shedding under control to a reasonable degree, but only if they get some cooperation from you between visits.

Bathing and Brushing

Your groomer will give your dog a good thorough bathing on each visit. A good deal of the shedding fur will come out during that bath, especially if the groomer massages the shampoo deep into the dog’s fur. The high powered hand sprayer she uses is very effective in loosening the fur and the high powered blow dryer will take care of most the rest. If you are having a difficult time dealing with your shedding Shiba Inu, we recommend bathing your Shiba with natural dog shampoo that contains oatmeal. Oatmeal is a gentle abrasive and will assist with the fur shedding and encourage new growth.

She will probably spend twice as much time brushing a Shiba Inu than she does with most other breeds. This may or may not be reflected in the grooming bill. But most Shiba owners will probably agree, it is worth every penny!

Brush. Brush. Brush.

Between grooming, you can help a lot by brushing and combing him often — using the proper grooming tools. One of the best things you can have in your home arsenal of grooming equipment is a deshedding rake. It has rounded edges to protect the dog’s skin from suffering any cuts or scrapes. But its “fingers” are very effective at raking deep into the fur and drawing out any loose hairs.

A good brush is also recommended. Leave the pin brush to your groomer, who knows how to use it properly without scratching the dog. All you need is a nice bristle type brush with soft tips. And, finally, a good sturdy metal grooming comb is recommended.

Start your session with a nice brushing with the soft bristled brush. You might even brush in a circular motion to loosen the hair. Don’t worry. It’s a Shiba Inu; it’s not going to run out of hair! Next, use your rake. This gets deep down where the hair meets the skin. This rake is a fantastic tool and very inexpensive, especially given how often you will use it.

Finally, run the comb through the dog’s fur to pick up any last stray hairs. If you do this between grooming visits, you will find the shedding quite manageable and you can enjoy your Shiba Inu, your little Japanese fox, to your heart’s content.

A Shiba is a challenge in other ways as well, but has brought pleasure to many households who have the patience and know-how to train their dogs properly. Keep him well-exercised, well-trained and well groomed and you too will enjoy sharing your life with this adorable dog!

Know Your Shiba Inu

 What Everybody Ought to Know About The Shiba Inu

 

Shiba Inu DakotaThe Shiba Inu is a breed that will often be compared to foxes. They have a similar appearance with the reddish coat that distinguishes them from other dogs. This is a gorgeous, perky breed that are a Japanese dog breed as noticeable from the name. What does the term ‘Shiba Inu‘ mean one may ask? The term has to be broken down into singular terms. ‘Shiba’ means red shrub as noticeable with their fur and ‘Inu’ means dog. There is some hesitancy as to what ‘Shiba’ truly means as some believe it translates directly as ‘small’. Let’s take a look at what this dog breed is all about.

Small and Agile

Let’s begin with their stature as dogs. They cannot be termed as being a large dog because they are generally short and stout in built. They are noticeable from miles away because of this reddish tinge that is evident with their fur.
They are termed as being ‘small’ by everyone that sees them. Males will weigh in at around 23 pounds, while females are generally going to weigh lesser at 17 pounds. There are variations as some can be larger and others smaller, but this is the average weight.
They love being on the move and this never changes as they age. They will simply refuse to sit still regardless of where they are, inside or outside. This makes them an agile breed that is quite active and ready for attention.

 Loves Being Active

As mentioned, they adore being active and essentially this breed is a bundle of energy. It is rare to see a Shiba Inu that is not excited to be present in whatever setting they are placed in. They will constantly seek the attention of their owner and will look to get as active as possible. It is almost impossible to refuse, they are so persuasive with their ways.

 Difficult As First Breed

Rescue Shiba Inu with OwnerThinking of getting this breed as a first dog? This might not be a good idea as they are not as easy to train in comparison to some of the other breeds out there. However, this also means you are not going to get a dog that is worth it in the end.
This is a breed that is loyal and caring, while still being an adorable pet to have in and around the house at all times. The dog owner will enjoy the dog when they are trained, but it can be difficult for first time owners who are unaware of what is required.

 Prefer Being Clean

This is one of those traits that cannot be ignored with this breed. They love being clean and will often be seen licking their paws and just trying to get away from the mud and dirty places. They don’t like getting their coat dirtied and that is a positive for dog owners.
This preference for being clean will often get them compared to a cat. In fact, they are considered as one of those breeds who should have been a cat instead of a dog in the first place.

 Stubborn

This is one of those traits that does not tend to change between different dogs of this breed. The dog owner is often going to be confronted by the dog as time goes on. They love getting their way and they will make sure the dog owner knows this.
Does this mean they cannot be trained? Yes, they can be trained, but that does not mean they won’t show their disapproval. It might be toned down when they are trained, but they still prefer being stubborn even if it is in a playful manner.

 “Shiba Scream”

Shiba ScreamA lot of people will notice the ‘shiba scream’ from time to time that is attached to this breed. This is a scream that is heard when they are unhappy and/or quite angry. They will make sure their voice is heard and this comes in the form of a scream. Shiba’s produce a similar sound when they are overjoyed. Owners can expect to hear this sound if they are away from the animal for extended periods of time or if a favored visitor comes over after an extended absence. This sound is quite different but similar to the “scream” sound they make when experiencing discomfort.

This scream is noticeable because it is unlike what a dog would regularly be compared to which is a bark. They have a distinct scream that resonates all across the area where they are present. It is impossible to miss their scream inside or outside especially when they want something. I included a link to a video on YouTube so you can hear the “Shiba scream” for yourself. This is not my video.

 Shiba SmartsSmart

If a dog owner is looking for a breed that is intelligent and will pick up on things right away, the Shiba Inu is the way to go. This is one of the most intelligent breeds out there and they truly understand what is being taught to them.
They will learn quickly despite being stubborn and that makes it easy to teach them little tricks along the way. In fact, this is a breed that is often seen in dog shows because of how attractive and intelligent they are as a whole.

 Life Expectancy

Thinking of getting this breed, but want to know how long they generally live? This is a good question and life expectancy is always an important fact to consider in the short and long-term. This is a breed that tends to take good care of itself which can prolong their lifespan, but in general they will live for around 12-15 years. There are select cases where the breed has gone onto live for quite a bit longer than this prescribed date. The world record for this breed has come in at 26 years of age when a dog named ‘Pusuke’ passed away in December 2011.

Shiba Inu’s are some of the most exciting dogs to have around at home. They are constantly on the move and will love to get the attention and adoration of their owners. This means only a certain type of dog owner is able to control them. If a dog owner is searching for a breed that is going to lie down by their feet all the time, this is not the option for them. The Shiba Inu is a wonderful dog breed that is often excited and rarely boring.

The Shiba Inu is a Wonderful Companion
 

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