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Akitas are a common breed of dog used in snowy conditions and make excellent guard dogs. These dogs will need plenty of solicitation and training to ensure they do not become aggressive. Starting training early will help guarantee that your dog is properly socialized.
Common Health Issues In Akitas
Most Akitas are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in Akitas are:
- Elbow Dysplasia and Hip Dysplasia: Hip and elbow dysplasia are extremely common in this breed. It occurs when the joint sockets do not properly form, which can cause their elbow or hip to pop out. If your dog has dysplasia, their limbs may be in pain or cause them to limp. Your vet can discuss what can be done to help manage the signs of pain and help decrease arthritis formation so that your Akitas can live a long and happy life.
- Bloat: Bloat is a life-threatening condition that will need to see a veterinarian right away. This occurs when your dog's stomach flips over and becomes enlarged. Many dogs with bloat are gagging and have a very bloated abdomen. This condition usually requires surgery to correct this disease. Without pet insurance, this can be a very costly procedure.
- ACL Injuries: ACL injuries are common in this breed. ACL is the ligament in the knee that helps keep the two bones together. This is usually a sudden injury where your dog is now not walking on that one leg. Once your dog has damaged the ACL in one knee, they are also more predisposed to damaging the one in the other. This injury usually requires surgery to correct and can be costly.
These issues will need constant care and monitoring to help keep your Akitas healthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your Akitas, they should see a vet right away. Some issues can be life-threatening.
Pet Health Insurance for your Akitas
If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Akitas, you should ensure that many health issues commonly seen in Akitas are covered. You will also want to find insurance with short waiting times on treatment and surgery. If you prolong these procedures, your dog could have permeant health issues.
Certain health conditions are often considered genetic or are pre-existing conditions and may not be covered for your Akitas.
You could also consider enrolling in Pet Assure, a veterinary discount plan that is a low-cost pet insurance alternative. This plan has no exclusions due to age, breed, or hereditary conditions. Even pre-existing conditions are covered! Get a quote today. It's perfect for Akitas!
Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM