Breed

Akita


AKC Grouping
Working Group
Temperament
  • courageous
  • dignified
  • profoundly loyal

Demeanor
alert and responsive

Choosing the Best Dog Food for a Senior Akita

As our beloved Akita's begin to age, it's even more important that they enjoy a diet of nutrient-rich dog food made from quality ingredients. Thanks to the advances made by veterinarian nutritionists, Akitas can now be provided with well-balanced, nutrient-dense dog food developed by Spot & Tango.


Breed

Akita


AKC Grouping
Working Group
Temperment
  • courageous
  • dignified
  • profoundly loyal
Demeanor
alert and responsive

Hailing from Japan, the Akita was well loved but unfortunately was fed a diet that was more appropriate for human consumption. Once owned exclusively by royal families, the Akita was a keen hunter of large game - bear, boar and deer. A fierce hunter and family guardian, the Akita was revered to the extent that Akita figurines were given to new parents as a symbol for health and longevity for the newborn child. The Akita was revered by royals as protectors of family members and palace grounds. Given its breeding and large stature, the Akita was also depended upon for its hunting prowess. Today, both urban and rural families enjoy the companionship and loyalty so characteristic of the Akita. While no longer revered for their hunting abilities, Akita owners today understand that as their Akita's age, a well-balanced diet is crucial for their continued health. Today, Akita's are known for being very protective and love the attention of family members. It's important that the Akita learn to socialize people other than the owners at an early age. While the Akita is very playful, it tends to be very possessive. Ensure no children or pets are near the dog food bowls during feeding time. Be careful about extended eye contact with the Akita - they tend to see this as aggressive and may respond accordingly. A resurgence in interest in the Akita was brought about after the release of Hachi: A Dog's Tale. The high energy Akita needs plenty of exercise, but avoid contact with other dogs - Akitas don't make canine friends easily.


Energy
energetic
Grooming
daily brushing
Training
wanting to learn
Shedding
seasonally

To ensure your Akita remains in peak health, ensure the dog food selection is of the highest nutritional quality. Nutrition requirements change throughout the life of the Akita. Be mindful of age-appropriate dog food selection to keep your Akita at optimum health. While it's important to reward your Akita puppy during training, limit the number of dog treats as this can wreak havoc with a dog food diet for growing Akitas. As your Akita ages and is not quite as active, but sure the senior dog food you select is not dense in calories. Overweight Akitas do not age well. Unfortunately, the Akita has a tendency to develop bloat - an acute condition of the stomach. Your veterinarian will help you understand the signs of bloat and when to seek emergency treatment. Like most large breeds, the Akita is at risk for developing hip and joint issues. Make sure you have sourced your Akita from a reputable breeder. It's important to select a quality dog food that supports your Akita's energy level but is composed of nutrient dense ingredients that lessen the chances for obesity. Our trusted veterinary nutritionists at Spot & Tango have developed recipes for dog food that are a good solution for your aging Akita. Rich in vitamins and minerals, the locally sourced grains in Spot & Tango dog food is ideal for aging Akitas. The aging Akita especially needs the heart health and immune benefits found in the green leafy vegetables found in Spot & Tango dog food. Stand back as your Akita rushes to devour Spot & Tango dog food. Akitas who have weak teeth may benefit from Spot & Tango’s recipes which are obviously delicious.


Making sure that Akitas get the right amount of nutrition daily is very important for their active lifestyle to help keep them healthy and strong. Throughout the life of an Akita it is important to make sure they are getting the right amount of proper nutrients in order to stay healthy and to keep up with their active lifestyle. As a puppy the Akita may benefit from a good high quality dog food formulated for growth or all stages of life. As the Akita matures they need to eat a good high quality dog food that is formulated for large breeds. If they eat regular dog formula it could lead to weight gain. Akitas are known to be a healthy breed with no known health issues as they age. Since the Akita is known to be a healthier breed as they age continuing to feed them a healthy nutritious diet is always a great way to help keep them healthy. As the Akita becomes a senior making sure they eat a proper nutritious dog food formulated for their large breed can be beneficial to help keep them healthy and live a happy life.


Mindful of providing the highest possible quality, Spot & Tango veterinary nutritionists follow strict guidelines issued by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Check out the questionnaire on the Spot & Tango website. It takes the guesswork out of selecting the optimal dog food for your aging senior Akita. Unlike most mass-produced dog foods, Spot & Tango cooks their dog food in small batches with the highest quality ingredients in USDA approved kitchen facilities. Spot & Tango packages meals with the owners in mind as well. Correct portions are shipped straight to your door in easy to open pouches. Your Akita is a member of your family and deserves the absolute highest quality dog food. Spot & Tango is ready to join you in ensuring that your Akita lives a long and healthy life. Just click to order today - how easy is that?