• Bloat – Gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV): a condition associated with stomach bloat. Akita dogs are particularly susceptible to this condition, when the stomach twists (also known as volvulus or “torsion”) due to a variety of reasons. This condition is severe and requires immediate, emergency veterinary treatment. Akita owners should be alert to the symptoms of GDV and know the location of the nearest 24 hour veterinary medical facility. This condition without treatment (and sometimes with) is fatal.
  • Thyroid problems and Autoimmune disorders
  • Eye problems: Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA): an adult-onset condition which gradual degeneration of the retina leading to blindness and cataracts.
  • Canine hip dysplasia: a malformation of the hip joints that causes arthritis – reputable breeders test potential parents for this before breeding.