I work for a veterinarian, and own a shiba myself. LOVE the breed!
what you're describing sounds like it could be allergies. Sometimes dogs get allergic to things in their food. but if you're saying that this only happens at certain times of the year- then it could be something in the environment.
Also, if you're bathing more then once a month that could play into the skin issue. That said, avoid bathing more often than truly necessary, or you'll strip your dog's coat of its natural oils, making it dry and more prone to dandruff and sometimes mats.
Hope this helps (:
Answered by Anonymous - 2/18/2012 5:15:10 PM