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Taking Care of an Akita

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Tags: Akitas, Socialization, Family Breeds, Grooming, Health

Sophie & Dakota



Tiffin, OH

English Springer Spaniel

An Akita Inu is a perfect household pet, especially if you have young children in the house. Since ancient times, this breed of dog has shown alertness, devotion, fearlessness, loyalty and intelligence. A properly trained Akita also seems to fall back on its tranquil nature; it is often said that the dog is undeniably tolerant and patient with its human companions.

If you wish to adopt an Akita for your home, you may wish to decide on whether to adopt a puppy or an older dog from a shelter. In any case, taking care of an Akita will prove to be, at the very least, interesting because it has very different dietary needs than other dogs. An Akita is a loving pet, and it promises to be a very loyal and devout companion.

If you are getting a puppy, you must whisk your puppy off to the vet for vaccinations and shots. If the puppy is old enough, you can even ask your vet to spay or neuter your pet. Make sure to ask the vet what specific diets you can use and what supplements should be given to your Akita. Your Akita puppy may have to stay with the vet longer if you wish to take more preventive measures, but it is far better than facing a medical crisis in the near future.

Your next step is to puppy proof your home. An Akita puppy will crave companionship. If you have other house broken pets, preferably those that will not inflict physical harm on your Akita, it might be good to gradually introduce them to each other. This process of socialization is very important when it comes to the Akita's social development. If you have children in the house, a gradual introduction is also necessary. Children, no matter how young, may end up frightening a young Akita, which may bite as a response to fear. Close supervision is needed at all times.

Make sure you stick to the diet given by the vet. An Akita must be fed twice daily, usually on sustenance based on rice, fish and vegetables. Freshly made food is far better than commercial dog food that may contain preservatives. Try not to give your dog processed meats like hotdogs or too many sugary confections. Akitas are susceptible to bloating and obesity.

An Akita sheds its luxurious coat twice a year. The underlying stiff coat needs frequent brushing. You can fit Akita grooming into your everyday routine by simply brushing the coat for a few minutes. Bathing should be infrequent. Essential oils from the coat that helps waterproof your dog is removed during baths. An Akita maintains a clean pallor for most of its life. Akita owners even claim that their dogs have a "cat-like" quality when it comes to remaining clean and odor-free.

Your Akita's mouth should also be taken care of. Buy a special dog toothbrush and toothpaste, and brush your dog's teeth at least twice a week. This process helps remove plaque and tartar build-up, and keeps your dog's teeth whole and strong. Dogs that suffer from periodontal diseases may experience extreme pain and cannot eat properly. Bad breath, loss of teeth and loss of appetite are just some of the major signs of mouth problems. Have your vet check on your pet Akita as soon as possible.

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