Akita Health Tips
Akitas are a large and strong dog breed. The male Akitas can reach up to 125 pounds while females may reach 100 pounds. The health of your Akita is very important. A healthy Akita may expect to live ten to twelve years. Always give your Akita puppy a diet of high quality dry food. You can choose to have free feeding or plan to feed your puppy two to three times per day. The growing Akita needs plenty of food for the first year. Adult Akitas should be fed once or twice daily.
The grooming of the Akita can be tricky. They have bushy coats, so regular brushing will keep akita shedding manageable.
Akitas need plenty of exercise. From an early age teach them to walk on a leash and help them to socialize with other dogs and people. The Akita loves a large fenced yard where he can safely romp. Akitas like to chase birds and other small animals. Do make sure that your Akita is kept indoors except for periods of exercise.
Every breed of dog is prone to some inherent genetic disorders that may show up sometime during your pet's life. The Akita has several specific disorders that the breed may be prone to having. It is always best to know what the potential diseases may be before you bring your new Akita home. You can assist your Akita in living a long and healthy life if you are aware of the potential problems.
Akitas can be sensitive to many types of drugs, especially anesthesia drugs. While your veterinarian may be aware of these potential problems you should always remind him of the situation before your dog undergoes any medical procedure. Another somewhat common problem with Akitas is autoimmune hypothyroiditis. This is a thyroid problem, which causes symptoms that can range from obesity and lethargy to hyperactivity and emaciation. The onset of this disease can be quite sudden and may explain for a quick onset of seizures or even aggressive behavior. The thyroid controls many functions of the body including the function of the immune system. If the thyroid causes immune problems the dog can be vulnerable to diseases.
Always keep your Akita immunized as this will help to prevent them from catching some diseases. Keep your Akita's coat brushed. This helps to control shedding and assists in keeping the skin free from problems. Akitas are clean dogs and because of their unique two-layer fur don't need baths often. The exception to this is to give your dog a bath after he has been shedding to assist in removing the excess hair.
Always take your Akita to the vet on the first sign of illness. Because thyroid problems are frequent this should be checked every so often, even if the dog is showing no outward signs. As all dogs age new problems or diseases may develop. These can include vision problems and hip problems. There are many medications for many of these problems but remember to test the medication slowly with your Akita as they are often allergic to medications. In some cases the medication can create new and more serious health issues. Most importantly, learn to understand your Akita's normal behavior and eating patterns. You will be able to known immediately when there is a problem so that it can be dealt with quickly.