Akita: health and nutrition of the Japanese dog

Have you chosen an Akita as a pet? Congratulation! The Japanese dog breed with the red-brown fur is considered to be particularly strong and not very demanding. Nevertheless, you should pay attention to a few things so that your dog feels comfortable with you. Here you will find the most important tips on health and nutrition for this special companion. What do dog owners have to consider when feeding Akitas so that it stays healthy? - Shutterstock / zoff

In general, Akitas are robust animals with an average age of 12 to 15 years. Nevertheless, allergies or skin diseases can occur, as can skeletal diseases in advanced age. In order to prevent allergic reactions and to maintain the health of your four-legged friend, you should pay close attention to the diet.

The Akita and the diet

Clearly, your dog's diet should be balanced and varied. But what exactly does that mean? If your Akita is still a puppy, first continue with the food that has already been administered by the breeder. However, oversized portions are not a good idea. Better feed your puppy three to four times a day with small portions - this way the small stomach can digest the food better. Nevertheless, make sure that you do not give too much food overall. Otherwise the four-legged friend grows too quickly, which later favors joint problems. From the age of six months, two meals a day are sufficient.

If you would like to feed with ready-made wet or dry feed, it is worth taking a look at the ingredients. Many animals react to allergies to a high percentage of soy, a high vegetable protein content and pork products. Various dog biscuits or treats are often poorly accepted due to the added coloring or artificial flavors and flavor enhancers. Alternatively, you can try raw meat feeding (BARF).

If your four-legged friend is always on the lookout for chewing items and if necessary keeps the inventory of property harmless, you should offer him alternatives with beef, lamb, game or ostrich. Dried rumen of beef and lamb as well as beef ears are also well received. Puppies changing teeth are particularly happy about such chewing options.

Akita: robust and family-friendly dog ​​breed

Typical diseases

Although the Akita is considered tough in itself, the breed is particularly susceptible to some health problems.
This includes:
• hip dysplasia (HD)
• Hereditary eye diseases
• sebadenitis (SA)
• Other skin disorders

Hip dysplasia (HD)

Due to its size, the Akita is susceptible to this degenerative disease of the hip joint. Genetic factors are blamed as the reason. But environmental factors such as excessive or high-energy nutrition and the resulting growth intensity can also favor the disease. As soon as you suspect that your dog is suffering from the malformation of the acetabular cup and / or the femoral head, it is time to go to the X-ray specialist, who can then make a diagnosis.

Hereditary eye diseases

The Akita can also suffer from eye diseases more often. Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), for example, leads to retinal disease that can result in blindness.

Sebadenitis (SA)

Sebadenitis is particularly common in the Akita, causing inflammation of the sebaceous glands. The result is dry, flaky skin, broken hair, bald spots and severe itching. While the causes have not yet been clearly clarified, genetic factors are also suspected here.

Other skin disorders

Different skin diseases occur particularly frequently at Akitas. According to one theory, the nutritional intake in western countries is responsible for this. If that's true? This has not yet been resolved. It is therefore best to ensure that your pet has balanced food.

Alternative healing methods

If you want to use alternative healing methods to care for your fur nose, you can try home remedies or homeopathy. In the case of ear infections, it has proven useful to wash out the ears with calendula tea. To strengthen the bladder, the food can be supplemented with 3 cranberry tablets once a day. Your Akita should also drink a lot. But no matter what your dog suffers from, as soon as symptoms persist for a long time or worsen, you should see a veterinarian.