Along with exercise, and consistent training, proper diet is absolutely essentially for the health of your Shiba Inu. Many first time owners don’t know how much or when to feed their dogs. Its generally considered a bad idea to let your dog go without eating for 24 hours. If they eat only once a day they tend to experience mood swings and will sometimes eat too much food in their one sitting, resulting in various health issues.
While delicious for humans, this probably isn’t the best meal for your friend…
So what do you feed your Shiba Inu? Typically Shibas do better on diets that avoid grain, as they can be allergic to the grain foods. Instead of corn based foods, look for meals that include vegetables, rice and potatoes. It is also important to include a good source of protein – lamb, turkey, chicken or even fish are known to do wonders on the Shiba’s mood and even make their coat more brilliant and beautiful. Adding a little bit of Salmon oil will greatly increase the shine of the Shiba’s coat as well. Other ingredients to avoid besides corn based dog products are beef, white potato, and anything citrusy as they can also lead to Shiba Inu allergies. There is no one miracle Shiba Inu dog food brand, just like humans, all dogs are different and have different appetites. However it’s best to rotate between brands to maximize the potential for better coats, health, and energy.
The Shiba Inu is prone to joint problems. So if your Shiba is older, it’s a good idea to feed him or her dog food that has glucosamine in it or to provide it with supplements. Vitamin B, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Zinc are all good supplements and minerals for the Shiba. however do not feed your Shiba Inu Vitamin C. It can cause kidney and liver damage.
Some owners like to cook their Shiba Inu their food, or mix it up – dry dog food in the morning, cooked food at night. Rice with garlic and salmon oil with some fish or chicken breast will definitely yield results in keeping your Shiba Inu healthy. Other owners argue that a raw diet is even better than cooked food – of course not raw rice. Raw is a bit of a more natural approach for feeding your Shiba – so don’t be afraid to try it out. Most importantly, listen to your dog. If your Shiba does not like fish, then do not feed it fish. If it does not like raw… well you get the point. Measurements is another thing you should listen to with your dog. Pay attention to how much food they are eating, and if they are still hungry or if they are full. The Shiba Inu diet doesn’t need to be delicate, just make sure you listen to your Shiba, and it will tell you what it likes and doesn’t like.