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Top 30 Akita Food to Avoid You Must Know (Updated)

Last updated on December 16th, 2023 at 02:41 pm

In today’s post, we will go through Top 30 “Akita Food to Avoid” list (updated) to help your dog avoid multiple health risks and get healthy. Some foods are perfectly safe for humans that can be highly toxic to your dog. However, the degree of toxicity in each dog varies depending on several factors such as their weight and metabolism.

“Akita food to avoid” list (updated)

Alcohol

It seems ridiculous to take this as worth mentioning. In fact, alcohol is very dangerous for Akitas. Dogs are much more sensitive to alcohol than humans. Never give your Akita alcohol or products containing it in any quantity. 

Even a tiny amount of alcohol can cause vomiting and disorientation. In the worst case, it can lead to difficulty breathing, seizures, coma, or even death.

Avocados

dog food to avoid

Avocados contain a toxic substance called persin, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and digestive upset in your dog. If you like to cut some fresh avocado in your salad, make sure your Akita doesn’t eat any of them.

Bacon

We might feel tempted to feed our dogs leftover bacon scraps at the meal, but it’s not good for them. Both undercooked or cooked fatty meat can cause pancreatitis in dogs.

Bell peppers

Bell peppers can be in the dog meal as a tasty vegetable but don’t put in large quantities as they can be hard skin.

Bread dough

While bread is generally safe for dogs, the dough is not. The yeast in dough will keep expanding inside their stomach, then cause bloating and some complications. The yeast also ferments and produces ethanol which can cause alcohol poisoning.

Butter

You should limit feeding them butter because it is a fatty food and can generate pancreatitis.

Caffeine

dog food to avoid

Caffeine is toxic to Akitas and can cause vomiting and diarrhea with small doses. Larger doses of coffee can make them have symptoms such as restlessness, rapid breathing, heart problems, and seizures. 

This risk appears when your dog drinks tea, coffee, and energy drinks to soda and cocoa. If your dog has taken a sip of your coffee, it’s best to contact the vet. Anyway, ensure you keep your cup out of the reach of curious eyes.

Cherries

Cherries are poisonous because of cyanide in their pits. They can also be a choking hazard if your dog swallows them.

Chewing gum

You must keep your gum far away from Akitas because it contains xylitol which is toxic to dogs.

Chips

Are Chips the best snack for dogs? Absolutely not! They have a lot of processed ingredients that are not good for health.

Chives

Chives belong to the allium family like onion and leeks and are highly poisonous to Akitas.

Chocolate

akita food to avoid

You’ve probably heard before that chocolate is bad for dogs. It’s true. This sweet treat is the most commonly banned food for dogs. Chocolate has a dangerous substance for Akitas named theobromine, which can cause abnormal heartbeats, seizures, or even death.

All chocolate is harmful to dogs, but dark chocolate is the best source of theobromine. You might see other people feed their dogs chocolate, but they’re totally okay. That’s because the level of toxicity depends on how much they eat and each dog. 

In case your large dog has eaten a small quantity of dark chocolate or cocoa powder, your dog probably won’t suffer any ill effects. However, this is not a guarantee. With a large amount, chocolate can kill your Akita. Seek veterinary advice immediately if your dog has eaten a bar of chocolate.

Cinnamon

Although cinnamon is not toxic, large amounts of it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and liver problems.

Coconut products

toxic food for dogs

Your Akita should not drink coconut water because it has high potassium content. You also need to limit feeding your dog coconut oil or flesh as it can cause upset stomach or diarrhea.

Currants

Never feed your Akita currants, even in small quantities. They are toxic and can result in renal failure in the worst case.

Garlic & onion

Dogs are sensitive to plants in the allium family, including garlic, onion, chives, and leeks. Garlic and onion can damage or even destroy your dog’s red blood cells and lead to anemia. The symptoms of anemia include pale gums, disinterest in food, dullness,  weakness, increased heartbeats, and breathlessness.

This risk is present in all forms of them, whether they are raw, powdered, dry, or cooked. Ensure you do not feed garlic and onion or mix it with other food to feed your Akita.

Grape & raisin

foods dogs can not eat

Grape and raisin are at the top of the list of poisonous fruits for dogs. They have a toxin that affects your dog’s kidney functions and can cause kidney failure. Never give this fruit to your dog, even a small amount. Contact the vet instantly if they accidentally eat it.

Human vitamins containing iron

High doses of iron will damage the lining of the dog’s digestive system, kidneys, and liver. So if your Akita consumes them, you need to consult the vet.

Ice cream

Akitas should not eat ice cream because it contains a lot of sugar, and your dog might be lactose intolerant.

Kale

Another food that you should not feed your dog is kale. It has a high level of calcium oxalate and can cause various health problems like kidney and bladder stones. 

Leeks

As mentioned before, the leek is a plant in the allium family and can harm red blood cells and cause anemia in your dog.

Liver

Akitas can eat liver but just in minimal quantities. When your dog consumes a large amount of liver, it will lead to vitamin A toxicity and influence the muscles and bones of Akitas. Their bones can be deformed and have extra bone growth.

Macadamia nuts

Macadamia nuts are a great source of dietary fiber for us, not Akitas. These nuts can cause signs of poisoning in dogs such as vomiting, fever, muscle tremors, joint pain, and rapid heartbeat. In addition, if you combine these nuts with chocolate, that will increase the risk of death in your dog.

Milk and other dairy products

akita food to avoid

Although milk and dairy products have multiple calcium-promoting properties, they can be harmful to dogs. Dairy products are the most common contributors to lactose intolerance in dogs.

You may see some dogs can handle dairy products like yogurt or cheese well but not every dog can. They don’t have enough lactose enzymes to break down the lactose in dairy products. It can cause digestive problems, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.  

Raw eggs

No doubt, eggs are high in protein and, when cooked properly, can benefit your Akita’s coat and digestive system. However, raw eggs are not great like that. Eating raw eggs can lead to biotin deficiency in dogs, which may affect the health of their skin and coat.

Even though biotin deficiency is not common in dogs, it is still possible. Eating raw eggs may lead to biotin deficiency then your dog can have an unhealthy coat, skin problems, digestive issues, or more.

Raw fish

Raw fish can lead to poisoning due it contains bacteria. Make sure you remove all the bones to avoid choking.

Salty foods

When your dog consumes too much salt, it can cause extreme thirst as well as sodium ion poisoning. Vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, or high-temperature seizures are all symptoms of this poisoning.

Unripe tomatoes

toxic foods for dogs

Yes, you can feed your Akita ripe tomatoes but never give them unripe tomatoes. Because they are very toxic, causing abnormal heart rates, gastrointestinal issues, weakness, behavioral changes, and more.

Wild mushrooms

Your Akita might eat wild poisonous mushrooms while going for a walk, observe if they have any symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea.

Xylitol

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that adds to many human foods, but it is seriously toxic to dogs. Xylitol causes a sudden increase in insulin circulation, which can cause dangerously low blood sugar levels and liver failure. Liver failure from xylitol can happen in just a few days. Initial symptoms include vomiting, coma, and seizures.

What is the best food for Akitas?

As obesity, cancer, and diabetes in pets climb at alarming rates, much scientific evidence shows the health advantages of a fresh food diet and the risks associated with many commercial pet food manufacturing processes.

Your Akita needs fresh food that’s nutritionally complete and balanced for dogs, as well as optimal meal plans for different combinations of breed, age, activity level, ideal weight, and sensitivities.

Conclusion

In general, Akita food to avoid includes anything containing:

    • Alcohol
    • Caffeine
    • Xylitol

If your Akita eats something on this list, you need to contact the vet immediately.

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