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Shedding Akita.

Species: Dog
Breed: japenese akita
Age: 1-2 years
my akita is 14 months old and is lossing massive clumps of fur. he has new curse hair under neath is this normal




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

This certainly can be normal. Akitas can go through a massive shed where they get rid of old hairs and generate new ones.

The only reasons that would prompt me to take this dog to a vet are:
  • If there was red, itchy skin anywhere

  • If the dog was not feeling well

  • If the new hair is not growing in properly after a month or so

  • If there were any scabs or lesions anywhere



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