Do Shiba Inus Shed?
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Shiba Inu Shedding 101
Yes, Shiba Inus shed. That being said, they shed very little compared to other small sized dogs in the dog community. They shed only a little bit throughout the year. They will shed a lot only for three weeks during the spring when we get more hours of sunlight every single day and then again during the fall when we will be getting a lot less hours of sunlight every single day. At these two times of the year, you can expect to see the Shiba Inus shedding hair all over your clothing, your carpet and of course your couches where I am sure they love to lounge.
A good way to deal with all the hair when Shiba Inus shed is to make sure you brush them down a couple of times a week. You should be able to do this with a soft bristled brush. Make sure to brush in the direction of hair growth and not against it because you want to make sure that you do not hurt the dog’s coat. Brushing is also a good way to ensure that you are spreading all the essential oils all over their body and maintaining balance.
How to Manage Your Shiba Inu’s Shedding
One misconception that people have is that you should shower your Shiba Inu more often if they are shedding. This is completely untrue. Only shower them if they are feeling dirty and if it is really needed. Showering your Shiba Inu too much can strip them off of all their essential oils which will make them even more itchy and thus make your Shiba Inus shed more.
Sometimes, the amount that Shiba Inus shed depends on the kind of diet that they are on. Often times, Shiba Inus shed when they are missing an essential vitamin or protein from their diet. This is an easy fix because if you take your dog to the vet then the vet can tell you a brand of food that might be more wholesome for your pt or tell you about a supplement that you can use to make up for whatever it is that your pet is missing.
It is also possible that your Shiba Inus shed more than usual because they are being attacked by parasites such as ticks and fleas. The vet can again be of use in this case because they can help you get rid of these termites and give you medication to make sure that your Shiba Inus are protected.
Sometimes, Shiba Inus shed if they are allergic to something that is being fed to them through their food or in a treat. It can also be something simple that is present in the environment. In this case, the vet can do a blood test to see what exactly they are allergic to and make sure that they are not coming contact with it. Often times they will prescribe something as simple as some over the counter antihistamines. At other times, if the allergies are quite serious, they might prescribe allergy shots. Either way, make sure to go see a vet so that you know what exactly your Shiba Inus are allergic to.
One common rule is knowing how much exactly your Shiba Inus shed and when so that if they shed more than usual you know to take them to a vet immediately and see what the reasons are!