Akita Inu Health Guide
If you are looking for a strong, yet gentle dog, one that can provide protection while still being trusted with children, the Akita Inu makes a great possible candidate. This breed is highly affectionate, absolutely loving the companionship of its master and family. Because the Akita is large and powerful, early socialization and training are highly recommended. However, the results would definitely be favorable.
Health Problems in the Akita Inu
When cared for properly, the Akita typically lives between 10 and 12 years. As with other large breeds, the Akita is prone to certain health problems. For instance, this bred is most prevalent to developing Hip Dysplasia. With this, the hip socket becomes loose, which makes movement painful and difficult. Keep in mind that there are a number of options to ease the discomfort such as medication and supplements. Other more, extreme solutions would include surgery.
The Akita is also at risk for eye problems and gastric torsion, although not as big a risk as with Hip Dysplasia. Other minor risks include Elbow Dysplasia, Sebaceous Adenitis, and Pemphigs. Then on rare occasions, the Akita would be faced with VKH-like syndrome, Entropion, Patellar Luxation, Epilepsy, Renal Cortical Hypoplasia, and Polyneuropathy.
This last condition results in nerve damage in the feet and legs. Typically, the dog would experience a sensation of “pins and needles”. Because the Akita cannot tell you, diagnosing the problem can be challenging. Just remember though, this and many potential health problems for this breed are rare. As you can see, the Akita Inu is generally a very healthy breed. Because this dog is large and somewhat active, it needs adequate exercise. Otherwise, you could end up with some destruction, simply from boredom. Then of course, regular visits to the veterinarian would be required. Other than standard care and good grooming, you would likely have little to no trouble from a physical perspective with an Akita.
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