Normal aging – turned 12 this year

2018, Aug, 12 | MANUEL - SA & more | 0 comments

A very warm Spring and Summer 2018

Status Kidneys

All tests still show good results (urine- and blood samples), and Manuel confirms that.

Status SA

The lack of a perfect coat exposes Manuel for the cold weather, but it also exposes him to warm weather. The thing is that he has areas that are:

  • Really affected by SA
  • Totally unaffected by SA

So in some areas he has full protection, but in others – nearly none.



Normal aging process

  • On one hand, I love having a mature middle aged, wise Akita-friend
  • On the other hand, I know he won’t stay with us forever

Of course you can see signs of aging but honestly, with all that he has been through he is in an amazingly good shape.

He moves a bit slower and stiffer but still has his zoomies and still jumps.

He has lost some muscle mass, and I guess the blood circulation also has changed. He now spends more time in the sun than before but still looks for shade most of the time. He also spends more time in his beds than before. They are soft and he does not get so warm anymore. When he was young he wanted to be in his beds but he became too warm.

Even if he is still in a very good shape for his age and background, we are training him to use a ramp into the car – so he is used to it when it is really needed.

A mature, cool and polite Akita

He has become a secure mature individual who spreads his calm even to dogs who are insecure and behave “agressively”. He is used to joining us to all kinds of places and behaves very well. This summer we went to places we knew he would enjoy and where we could take rather short but, to him – interesting walks. Well, some places was also interesting for the humans wink.

Meeting an old Akita friend – for the last time

Sadly we are constantly reminded of his age. Now we had to let go of one of his best Akita friends who spent a lot of time with us, with and without her human. We decided to meet Ella and her human on the doggy beach by our summer house, a “happy place” for them both and it was obvious her human was right – it was time to let Ella go.

Ella had problems with her hip from a very young age, suffered from Atopic Dermatitis and had probarbly had pain now and then in relation to her heat (according to the vet. who operated Ella and found a huge amount of cysts in her reproductive system).

This content is written post mortem but the date is set as correct in to relation when it really happened. I think it is very important to share this experience and knowledge but I have not had the energy to do so, until now (2021).

Charlotte Steneloo

Charlotte Steneloo

Akita owner from Sweden working for openness regarding health issues. One of the founders of Akita-Unleashed. I consider "experience" to be good, that is - if you have opened your mind for change and actually have learnt something, otherwise claiming you are "experienced" means nothing to me... I dare you.

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