Three good reasons why you should get pet insurance for Shiba Inus
Originally Japanese hunting dogs, Shiba Inus are increasingly popular in the US. They're known for their fun-loving nature, loyalty and ability to adapt to their surroundings. While they're the most popular breed to own in Japan, they have also become increasingly more popular in the US. Like many other breeds, these vibrant pups are prone to contracting certain health conditions, so pet insurance is always a great option for your Shiba.
Here are some examples of health issues common in Shiba Inus.
Unfortunately, Shiba Inus are prone to developing this skeletal condition, as are many other medium-to-large breeds. It happens when the ball of a dog’s hip joint doesn’t align with the socket. The condition can make it incredibly painful to walk and may slowly develop into arthritis if left untreated (an expensive life-long condition). Luckily, there are multiple options for pups with hip dysplasia, including surgery, stem cell treatments and physical therapy. However, it doesn't come cheap – you can expect to pay around $3,000 for surgery – but most of that will be covered with the right pet insurance policy.
Joint problems are quite common in Shibas, especially a luxating patella – aka a dislocating kneecap. This genetic disorder occurs when a dog’s kneecaps aren’t aligned properly, causing major discomfort. When a pup experiences severe joint pain, it can make it incredibly difficult for them to go on walks, play and even stand up after a nap. Much like hip dysplasia, there are treatments available. It could cost up to $2,500 to treat a serious case, plus the extra cost of ongoing medication, so insure your Shiba Inu!
Shibas are one of several dog breeds that are likely to develop cataracts. Also common in humans, cataracts can occur in dogs as a result of diabetes, so they could be an indication of other underlying conditions. To keep an 'eye' on things, you should make sure your Shiba Inu stays up to date with their health check-ups (which can be covered with a good wellness plan) to ensure their eyes and other bits are monitored. Surgery can cost as much as $5,000 per eye, so it’s best to insure your Shiba.