Regular grooming removes shedding fur, encourages healthy skin and coat and discourages parasites. Also, a weekly 10-15 minutes gives you time to check your Shiba out to see that there’s no problems lurking in the deeps of the fur.
Things to check:
- fur – is it shiny and clean?
- skin – any parasites, sensitive areas, lumps or rashes?
- ears – do they smell okay? Any buildup of wax?
- eyes – are they bright and clear?
- nose – is it usually moist?
- teeth – clean?
- mouth – no weird lumps or smells?
Introduce teeth brushing early. Clip the nails if necessary and get your Shiba used to the handling of his feet! Get your Shiba used to being examined even if you never want to set foot in a dog show – it makes it easier to examine and fix problems without having outraged screams reverberating from one eardrum to another.
The Shiba has a thick double coat that consists of an outer layer of guard hairs and an inner layer of undercoat.
Your best friends are a grooming rake and a slicker brush. I have also had a lot of success with the Furminator. However, the Furminator is only recommended for non-showing Shibas, as the teeth can shred the outer coat.
You can find most grooming supplies at your local pet supply store or online.
It must be noted that Shiba undercoat comes out most efficiently when adhered to formal dress, any sort of food, or dog-hating visitors.
Shibas generally hate anything resembling soapy water. Shassi would howl and carry on like she was slowly being dipped in a tub of acid. Tierce is quietly unhappy and squirmy.
Other than the bi-yearly mushroom cloud of fur, Shibas are amazingly clean and odor-free. At least yours was before she rolled in that rotting fish. And ate some of it. Hey, what’s that on your Persian carpet?
If you’re like me, one flea or tick gives you an attack of the screaming meemies because where there’s one, there are bound to be ten more.
There is no excuse for having a flea-infested pet. Vacuum cleaners and flea bombs have been in existence for many years and are improving. So are the many flea preventatives on the market. Consult your vet and use the Internet to find out more about preventing and killing fleas and other parasites.