Akita Inu Health Problems and Raising an Akita Inu Puppy to be Healthy

August 22, 2014 – 03:59 am

Akita Inu dog breed

The most common health problems in Akita Inus:

According to an Akita Club health survey, the two leading causes of death are:

  1. Cancer. Especially lymphosarcoma and osteosarcoma.
  2. Bloat. The Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine reports that the Akita Inu is the SECOND most likely breed to develop this emergency gastrointestinal syndrome (second only to the Great Dane).

Cancer and bloat kill 42% of all Akitas.

Orthopedic health problems were ultimately responsible for another 16% of Akita Inu deaths in the club survey. Most common is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 14, 500 Akitas and found 13% dysplastic, which is high. Other orthopedic diseases in Akita Inus are elbow dysplasia, cruciate ligament rupture, luxating patella, osteochondritis, and a rare disease called chondrodysplasia.

Autoimmune diseases, where an Akita Inu's defective immune system "turns" on its own body and damages it, killed another 7% of Akitas in the club survey.

  • When the defective immune system targets the skin, the result can be pemphigus, lupus, or vitiligo. Or sebaceous adenitis, a nasty disease that occurs more often in Akitas than in any other breed except Standard Poodles. Or uveo-dermatological syndrome (aka Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada-like syndrome). VKH attacks the skin and the eyes and it is incurable. Typically appearing around 18 months old, the first symptom is usually a bloodshot inflammation of the eyes. The pupils may appear tiny. Even with steroids and immune suppressant drugs, vision usually cant be preserved for very long.
  • In autoimmune hemolytic anemia, the defective immune system destroys red blood cells.
  • Hypothyroidism is a common autoimmune problem in Akita Inus. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 17% of Akitas have low thyroid levels. This can be treated with thyroid supplementation, but the biggest concern with hypothyroidism in Akitas is that it has been linked to sudden aggressive behavior in this breed.
  • Other autoimmune diseases reported in the Akita Inu are myasthenia gravis, colitis (inflammatory bowel disease) and degenerative spinal myelopathy.
  • Finally, a severe form of autoimmune arthritis called juvenile onset polyarthritis can strike Akitas under a year old.

Allergies cause itchy skin in Akita Inus and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

Eye diseases include entropion, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), corneal dystrophy, retinal dysplasia, cataracts (often combined with abnormally small eyes), glaucoma, and cherry eye.

Endocrine system diseases in Akitas include Addison's disease, Cushing's disease, and diabetes.

Other health issues occurring in Akita Unos include epilepsy and blood-clotting diseases (specifically, von Willebrand's disease and thrombocytopenia).

Source: www.yourpurebredpuppy.com


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Looks like a mix

American Akitas are actually more heavily built and blocky than the oriental variety and that dog is badly lacking face structure and bone, those wrists look down right tiny and so do the paws, eye shape is also incorrect and a red nose is a MAJOR fault in a puppy. Heres a well bred 12 week old American Akita.



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  • Avatar Mike Akita breeders near me? please help.?
    Jun 04, 2011 by Mike | Posted in Dogs

    I live in Massachusetts. I need to know some akita breeders near me. Preferably in my state or ones near me like New Hampshire. Thank you for whoever helps me.

    • Your state but a word of advise, most decent Akita breeders wont sell to people without Akita experience so hopefully you've owned them before.

  • Avatar Cj At what age is a puppy no longer considered a puppy, and is now a dog?
    Aug 29, 2008 by Cj | Posted in Dogs

    Also what age is a dog fully grown? If the breed matters I'm refering to an Akita

    • They stop 'getting taller' at 12 or 18 months of age. (Normally depending on the breed) then start to 'fill out'. (By this, I mean that they'll 'bulk up', that.s the best way I can explain it.)