One of the most wonderful things that can exist is to acquire a pet. Although there are many species that we can have as pets (cats, snakes, rodents, birds, etc.), dogs are probably the most incredible due to all the loyalty and love they provide their owners.
However, while acquiring a canine may be the most amazing thing for some families, it may be inconvenient for others. A large percentage of people worldwide are allergic to dogs, and when it comes to bringing an animal of this type home, this is one of the most frequent concerns.
In this article, we will talk about Akitas, but regardless of the breed of dog, we must know if the animal is hypoallergenic or not. Before knowing that, it is essential to understand this term.
Generally, the term “hypoallergenic” has been used over the years in the cosmetic industry to state that a product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
When we talk about a hypoallergenic dog, we basically mean the same thing; that is, it is a dog that is less likely to trigger an allergic reaction. It should be noted that no breed of dog is 100% hypoallergenic.
Unfortunately, Akitas are not hypoallergenic dogs, so if you are a person who suffers from allergies and wants to acquire a dog of this breed, you should think twice because it will not be the best option for you.
Do Akitas Shed a Lot?
Akitas generally don’t shed as much as other dogs. In fact, they only do it twice a year (spring and fall). An Akita owner should brush the coat of his pet daily to remove all debris, including dead hair, during these times. This canine will only need to be brushed 2 to 3 times a week for the rest of the year.
Why is it important to know this? Many people think that the biggest trigger of allergies is a canine’s fur, but it really is the substances and elements that it contains, such as dander.
The most effective way to control shedding is through grooming which is achieved through 2 core activities:
As we have already said above, the Akita sheds a lot practically twice a year. During these periods, the coat of this canine must be brushed every day and the rest of the year only 2 or 3 times a week.
It is important that before brushing your Akita’s coat, you spray water on it to moisten it a little. Subsequently, you should brush the fur part by part, starting from the shoulders down. It is recommended that you always brush backwards and downwards. The Akita’s legs are the last thing you should brush.
Keep in mind that you must use a pin brush to brush the Akita’s coat properly. You may need a stronger one to be able to remove all the dead hairs that are in the undercoat.
Once you have finished brushing your Akita’s entire coat, do it again, but this time with a wide-toothed comb.
Bathing this breed can be somewhat complicated not only because of its size but also because of its practically waterproof fur. Due to that, you may have a hard time getting your pet soaked completely. Follow the next steps:
- It is vital that you brush your Akita and then wet it well using your hands throughout its coat. It is also essential to make sure that all the fur (inside and out) is wet.
- The next thing you should do is use a little bit of dog shampoo from the upper part of your animal’s body. Never use human shampoo as it could be negative not only for your pet’s fur but also for its skin due to the high level of acidity it contains.
- When bathing your Akita, make sure you never get shampoo in its eyes and ears.
- Finally, use a hairdryer to dry your Akita’s coat completely.
What Symptoms Could You Present If You are Allergic to Dogs?
Many people acquire dogs without knowing that they are allergic. That is something very common that happens in many countries, and the reason is mainly that they have never had a pet or because they do not usually spend time with people who have animals.
Therefore, in case you are not sure if you are allergic to dogs, these symptoms could confirm this fact:
- Runny nose
- Watery and itchy eyes
- Shortness of breath
- Facial pain
- Chest tightness
If you discover that you are allergic to your canine, the best thing you can do is go to a veterinarian so that they can give you the best recommendations.
The fact that you are allergic and have a non-hypoallergenic dog like the Akita does not mean that you cannot keep and live with your pet.