There are several health problems that a Shiba Inu may suffer from. Listed below are a few of them, including cataracts, epilepsy, and hip dysplasia. Read on to learn more about what these conditions can mean for your beloved Shiba Inu. Listed below are some of the most common types of these conditions, as well as how you can treat them.
While genetics is the most common cause of hip dysplasia in Shiba Inus, other factors can also increase the risk of this condition. Improper nutrition, excessive growth, and the type of exercise the dog receives can all intensify a predisposition to hip dysplasia. Intense Shiba Inu training can also worsen an existing condition.
Food allergies are not very common among Shibas, but they can cause gastrointestinal and skin problems. Food allergies in Shibas are caused by sensitivities to protein, carbohydrate, or even a specific molecule. If your Shiba Inu develops an allergy to one of these foods, it is best to consult with a veterinarian to determine the proper treatment. Shibas are sensitive to a variety of food ingredients, including grains.
A 3-month-old male Shiba Inu presented for evaluation of recurrent episodes of seizures. Seizures included focal symmetrical facial twitching, generalized tonic-clonic seizures, opisthotonos, and urination. During the seizure episodes, the dog was documented to be markedly hypoglycemic. Serum insulin concentrations were 41 U/mL. The dog was started on diazoxide 3.5 mg/kg PO q8h, with no other clinically significant abnormalities identified during phase contrast computed tomography.
The rabies vaccine is an important part of Shiba Inu vaccination. Vaccines protect Shibas from several potentially fatal diseases. In addition to preventing rabies, vaccines prevent parvovirus, kennet cough, and leptospirosis, as well as canine distemper. Different regional authorities differentiate between mandatory and optional vaccination. Rabies is a highly contagious viral disease that causes severe respiratory and gastrointestinal problems. In severe cases, it can even cause paralysis.
The canine parvovirus (CPV) is a highly contagious viral disease that primarily affects puppies. The virus causes diarrhoea and affects the heart, bone marrow, lymphopoetic tissues, and the nervous system. Parvo in puppies is also associated with the degeneration of the heart muscle. If left untreated, it can lead to severe illness, including death.
In dogs, leptospirosis is transmitted through urine and infected tissues. It can also be passed through the placenta. Infected dogs can develop severe disease and even die. If not caught in time, leptospirosis in dogs can be fatal. Symptoms usually appear within four to 12 days. In the United States, leptospirosis is most common in areas with heavy rainfall and tropical climates.
Reactive, secondary, and primary seizures
The frequency of seizures in each case was determined using a questionnaire and medical records. Seizure frequency was measured as a continuous variable, based on the number of seizures per month. Seizure frequency at last follow-up was defined as the number of seizures per month, 0.3, and 0.34. The median survival time was calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method with log-rank test.