You have chosen an Akita as a pet? Congratulation! The Japanese dog breed with the reddish-brown coat is considered to be particularly strong and not very demanding. Nevertheless, you should pay a lot of attention, so that your dog feels comfortable with you. Here you will find the most important tips about health and nutrition of this special companion.
In general, Akitas are robust animals that reach an average age of 12 to 15 years. Nevertheless, allergies or skin diseases can occur, as well as skeletal diseases in advanced age. To prevent allergic reactions and maintain the health of your four-legged friend, you should pay close attention to the diet.
The Akita and the diet
Of course, your dog's diet should be balanced and varied. But what exactly does that mean? If your Akita is still a puppy, continue with the food already given by the breeder. Oversized portions are not a good idea. Feeding your puppy three to four times a day with small portions - so the small stomach can digest the food better. Nevertheless, make sure that you do not give too much food. Otherwise, the four-legged grows too fast, which later favors joint problems. From the age of six months, two meals a day are enough.
If you want to feed with ready-made wet or dry food, it is worth taking a look at the ingredients. High levels of soy, high protein levels and pork products make many animals allergic. Also various dog biscuits or treats are often poorly accepted due to the added dyes or artificial flavors and flavor enhancers. Alternatively you can try it with raw meat (BARF).
If your four-legged friend is always on the look-out for chewing articles and does not harm the housing inventory, you should offer alternatives with beef, lamb, venison or ostrich dried beef. Also dried rumen of beef and lamb as well as cattle ears are well received. Especially puppies in the tooth change are happy about such Kaumöglichkeiten.
Although the Akita is considered to be resilient in itself, the breed is particularly susceptible to some health problems.
• hip dysplasia (HD)
• Hereditary eye diseases
• Sebadenitis (SA)
• Other skin diseases
Hip Dysplasia (HD)
Due to its size, the Akita is susceptible to this degenerative disease of the hip joint. As a reason, genetic factors are blamed. But environmental factors such as excessive or high-energy diets and the resulting growth intensity may also favor the disease. As soon as you suspect that your dog is suffering from the malformations of the acetabulum and / or the femoral head, it is time to get an X-ray specialist who can then make a diagnosis.
Hereditary eye diseases
Also under eye diseases, the Akita can often suffer. For example, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) causes retinal disease, which can cause blindness.
Especially the sebdenitis occurs in the Akita especially often: It comes to an inflammatory destruction of the sebaceous glands. The result is dry, flaky skin, broken hair, bald patches and a strong itching. While the causes are not yet clear, genetic factors are also suspected.
Other skin diseases
Akitas is the most common cause of various skin diseases. According to one theory, this is due to the rich nutrition in Western countries. If that's true? This has not been resolved yet. It is best to look after your pet for balanced food.
Alternative healing methods
Anyone who wants to resort to alternative treatments in the care of his fur nose, can try home remedies or homeopathy. For ear infections, it has been proven to wash the ears with marigold tea. To strengthen the bladder, the feed can be supplemented once a day with 3 cranberry tablets. In addition, your Akita should drink a lot. But no matter what your dog suffers from - as soon as symptoms persist or worsen for a long time, you should consult a veterinarian.