The Akita is a breed of dog which was originally used for hunting and has its root in Japan. Over the years, this breed has been kept as pets in many homes after they were brought into America. Grooming the Akita can help to keep this breed free from flea and tick infestation and reduce the associated symptoms and potential for infection. Grooming also requires combing, and bathing, eye and ear cleaning and the administration of any topical flea and tick medication.
Even though the Akita breed doesn’t have a long coat, it is necessary to check for fleas and ticks regularly. These are insects that thrive on the blood of the pet by attaching to the skin under the coat, and secreting certain enzymatic fluids. These enzymes can lead to itching causing pets to frequently scratch or bite in the places where the fleas and ticks are located. There are many places in the body where these are more commonly found, such as the ears, neck, paws, and spaces in between the toes and under the fur. There are also certain months of the year in which flea and ticks are more prevalent, and wooded grassy areas tend to be higher risk areas.
On finding fleas and ticks in the skin, pet owners should try and remove these with the help of tweezers. Pull out the tick with slight force, until the insect becomes loose or use topical flea sprays for larger infestations and finish by combing. Combing helps to remove any dead flea and ticks. This process may need to be repeated several times and care should be taken when choosing a flea and tick spray as some pets may be allergic to the chemicals in these. Herbal shampoos and natural products are good alternatives and there are many different versions on the market.
Flea infestations can be a nuisance to your pet causing severe itching, irritation and allergies. If left untreated and with increased scratching and biting, it can also lead to skin infection. Regular grooming is therefore important to keep ticks and fleas at bay and the sooner pet owners can recognize an infestation the better, particularly as there is potential for infestation spreading to both pet owners and other household pets. In many cases, proper brushing and spraying of herbal oils will help to remove these insects. Furthermore, if the Akita’s skin and coat are clean and regularly groomed, then there are fewer chances of these external parasites attaching to the pet. Pet owners should also keep the dog’s environment clean and free from potential flea breeding sites. This includes their bedding and areas of the house in which they frequent. With regular grooming the Akita can stay flea and flick infestation free.