I noticed the site gets a lot of visitors who have searched for “what can shiba inus eat” and “feeding a shiba,” so I decided it was time to post about what I feed my Shiba, Snickers, and how it came about.
I’ve spent a LOT of time formulating the right diet for Snickers so I think I should share what I’ve learned about feeding a Shiba Inu. I posted his diet once a few months ago, but it has changed again since then.
Recipe and Serving Instructions
This recipe will feed Snick for 3 to 4 days, depending on his current level of exercise and number of treats received.
- Put 1 1/2 cups of water on high heat.
- Add 4 1/2 scoops of Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health while waiting for water to boil.
- Bring to boil then lower heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring to avoid burning.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Add the following:
- 6 to 8 ozs of protein (tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey, or lamb*)
- 3 tsp of oil (canola, black currant, safflower, borage, hemp or soy)
- Mix well.
- Sprinkle 1 oz of shredded cheddar cheese on top.
Serving Instructions for Snickers’ Food
- Do not feed warm. (Always cook it with time to refrigerate before feeding.)
- Snick eats twice a day. Approx 7:00 AM and 7:30 PM.
- Use about 1/8 of the total amount per meal
- Immediately before feeding, add the following:
- 1/2 teaspoon of Prozyme enzymes
- 1/2 teaspoon of Quaker Quick Oats (100% Natural Oats)
- 2 squirts of Grizzly Salmon Oil
- Periodically, also add 1/2 contents of probiotic capsule
*Snick receives lamb jerky treats on a regular basis. This is why the protein ratio on his food seems low and also why lamb is the last protein choice for his meals.
Some Random Things I Learned Along the Way
- If you add dry Quaker Quick Oats immediately before feeding, it slows digestion and the dog gets more nutrients from his food.
- Itchy butt, feet, and ears are an indication of food allergies and/or yeast infections.
- Fish oil has a natural anti-inflammatory in it.
- Adding enzymes and probiotics aids in digestion and keeps the yeast population in check.
- Shiba Inu have been eating diets high in fish for thousands of years.
- Eggs, olive oil, yellow corn, white potato, beet pulp, beef, horse meat, avocado, and citrus products are not good for Shibas.
- Fresh food should be fed cold as warm food promotes bacterial growth in the tummy.
- Wild Pink Alaskan Salmon is lower in mercury than other salmon.
- The smaller a tuna is, the less mercury it has absorbed, so you can buy low mercury tuna.
- Iodine and Sea Kelp are good for dogs, but Snickers is allergic to something in Solid Gold Seameal. 🙁
- Pork products give Snick the runs.
If that doesn’t satisfy the curiosity of anyone searching for diet info, I don’t know what will! 🙂