Akita Unleashed

An initiative born out of frustration – made with love

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Manuel’s diary will be completed…

But it will take time... During the autumn and winter I will update information about Manuel. I will write a summary but also add some posts with "past date". I have not had the energy to do it, and still it hurts a lot - so it will take time. Run free Manuel...

Any suggestions?

Need a professional dog bather Just got through bathing akaya she is doing well he skin is looking great and getting thicker. She still wet in this pic. I have to have a major surgery next week and will be on full bed rest for six weeks. I tried finding a professional...

New update on Akaya and SA

Akaya is doing well Has had a couple of very small breakdowns always seems to be the same places elbows and back leg heals. Had a small break down around her face which seemed strange. I think she also could have been digging in something. I have her on her same...

Akaya is doing great!

Still doing great! Here are the newest pic of Akaya! She’s doing great, still on same treatment plan and supplements…. my baby girl.

Two weeks since last Oil Treatment

Result Ok so we waited two weeks and today I gave Akaya her Mineral oil treatment. I could feel a few little scabs on her back, I combed her with the mineral oil on and there were no open sores no new sores and her hair is getting thicker . The area on her left back...

Looking back at Akaya’s progress

I cannot believe the change in just 5 ½ weeks... ...when I go back to page one of my diary and see the difference in Akaya’s pictures. PICTURES TAKEN OCTOBER 19TH 2015 Hair is starting to thicken and grow back something I was not expecting it is great. I don’t know...

Thank you for sharing information about SA

Mineral Oil baths I have been giving Akaya Mineral Oil baths every week, around Friday of each week. I have noticed the top of her back looking dry, so I feel like she needs them every week. I am going to try waiting two weeks this time if by Monday she is looking too...

5th Mineral Oil Bath

Here are some pictures after the 5th oil bath

4th Mineral Oil Bath

Before and after 4th mineral oil bath Here you see pictures before and after her 4th oil bath. BEFORE AFTER 4TH MINERAL OIL BATH This is after her 4th mineral oil bath everything has healed up she has lost a patch of hair on the left back leg, I’m not sure if this...

Results compared to before diagnosis

I am very happy with the results we are starting to see. My baby played tug of war last night for the first time in weeks, her spirit is happy she has become more loving and affectionate to me. More than she already was. I think she knows that all I am doing to her is...

3rd Mineral Oil Treatment

After 3rd Mineral Oil Treatment I can see improvement no open sores or bleeding on back & chest.  Before 3rd mineral oil treatment These are the only two areas that are still active all other areas are calm and no open sores or bleeding, I am amazed these...

Cephalexin – Antibiotic

Started Akaya on her Cephalexin - Antibiotic.

2nd Mineral Oil Treatment

Picture of Akaya During the week I have been using a very soft hair brush and gently brushing her hair to stimulate her skin and to remove any loose dry skin from her bath. Before 2nd oil treatment After 2nd oil treatment

Treatment report

Visiting the Dermatologist The Dermatologist took one look and her and said I had nailed it. On the head, she had SA. He then did a biopsy on the head and back, it took a week to come back, but it was confirmed she had SA. Email- from the vet.  Email from Vet 9/23/15...

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Recent news

Macrothrombocytopenia or Thrombocytopenia?

Why inocorrect treatment could be fatal!Recently there was a veterinary journal article about three Akitas with a persistent macrothrombocytopenia. Macrothrombocytopenia and thrombocytopenia Laboratory findings of this condition are: a low platelet count with...

Akita Genetic Diversity test – result phase 2

What has happened and what is next step? Below you can read about the result from phase one, and what is going to happen next (phase two). Result of the first phase are now published The first phase of the Akita Genetic Diversity Test for Japanese Akitas and American...

A conversation about SA in Japanese Akita with Dr. Pedersen

"Looking into Sebaceous adentitis" The article covers a very interesting SA discussion between Dr. Pedersen and Peter van der Lugt. Some of the areas discussed   How is SA inherited?Is it autosomal recessive with partial penetrance  - no that is a Misconception ...

Akita Genetic Diversity test – result phase 1

Result from phase 1 is now available  Check out the result here!

Akita Genetic Diversity test – phase 2

Big thanks to all who took part on this first phase! Second phase started; Akita diversity test People are now ordering their sample kits and we can wait for the results. Dr Pedersen told us that first results for the breed (no individual results as those are private)...

Akita Genetic Diversity test – project update

  The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) of the University of California, Davis, in collaboration with Dr Niels C. Pedersen, has started the research phase to develop a canine genetic diversity test for Akitas. Genetic diversity project update At the moment,...

Akita Genetic Diversity test!

Diversity test for Akitas UC Davis and Dr. Niels C. Pedersen and staff have now started the research phase with Akitas to develop a canine genetic diversity test for the breed. This test is already available for Italian Greyhounds and Standard Poodles. The test will...

Contribute to research with blood-samples from dogs with VKH

AU got an e-mail the other day with very interesting information. The following text is copied/pasted from the original e-mail VKH-research needs blood samples We are pleased to report that Vetogene - Veterinary Medicine Research Centre, University of Milan - starts...

Akitas in Denmark gave blood for research

   Both Japanese and American contributed and the blood is on it's way to Finland. /Akita Unleashed Admin Six Akitas contributed in Denmark! Once again we met several Akitas & American Akitas...

Danish contribution to Akita-research

Contribute to research in Denmark on Saturday! On Saturday, we have our annual meeting of Akita and American Akita in Denmark. The purpose with his meeting is to have a nice day where we meet and talk about the dogs. Every year we also try to have a topic or activity...

Take part and make a better future for all Akitas!

Participate to research in order to get new gene tests! Gene testing is a way to make dogs healthier, but we don’t get new gene tests to improve the health if we don’t participate to the research! There is ongoing research for all dogs in Finland and this is lead by...

ISI a new association in France

ISI In France, in February 2014, a new association was born: ISI, for Sanitary informations about Inu. The aim? Inform and help owners about Japanese dog’s diseases, through owner’s experiences sharing and specialist’s advices. Blood from Akitas is needed Still in...

Introduction to the genetic situation of Akitas

Before we can understand the health situation of Akitas, we need to understand basic genetics. Genes and autoimmune problems Genes make all living organisms, including man, work. I could explain about genes, alleles, and genomes but let's keep this very simple. The...

Breaking news about Atopic Dermatitis!

Wohoooo! Finally they have found gene what is connected to the dog allergies/atopy! We might get gene test at some point! Best news in long long time :) Here you can read about it! 
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