Akita skin problems

Akita skin problems

Joined: July 17th, 2008, 11:24 am

July 17th, 2008, 1:51 pm #1

Hi my name is Wil. I am looking for some help from owners of Akitas while I am trying to correct our new dogs health problems.

We adopted a 17mth female Akita about 4 days ago. She is a beautiful well behaved and temperament dog. This is the good news from it. She came with a bad skin allergy. I did not know the extent of her problems until I received all the records from the vet. She is going to be an expensive dog.

This is not our first Akita it is actually our 3rd. We had a pup that was lost to hip problems and older male we adopted that live until he was 12 last year. So we have dealt with some of the breeds problems.

The new female (Yuki) has terribly itchy skin. She is on a prescription anti-histamine for it this doesn't really work that well. I want to get her off of it. She has been to the specialist for dermatology. There have been a battery of test on her and the result was atophy. This is not very helpful and sounds like what they would name a condition they are unsure of how to fix. The dog is allergic to many things. She is anemic and has poorer lymph system.

First thought is to change the food which we did. I now use Canidae lamb formula. She was previously on cheap food from Walmart. I have added flax oil to her meals and also fish oils. We are using whitchhazel on her skin to reduce itching and this works but on for a temp amount of time. We also have been using aloe from our plants on her skin. Other than that we are riding it out to wait for some form of a change.

The next step is to take her to the local holistic vet we have. I get into the practice and figure the regular vet hasn't figured it out so far maybe the holistic ones can.

Any ideas are welcome.

Thanks,
Wil
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July 17th, 2008, 2:02 pm #2

Did this girl happen to come from IL and is she cream color? If so I did an eval on her and I felt so bad with how itchy she was! If we are talking about the same dog email me and I will give you more info. SkylineAkitas@att.net
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July 17th, 2008, 2:03 pm #3

Hi my name is Wil. I am looking for some help from owners of Akitas while I am trying to correct our new dogs health problems.

We adopted a 17mth female Akita about 4 days ago. She is a beautiful well behaved and temperament dog. This is the good news from it. She came with a bad skin allergy. I did not know the extent of her problems until I received all the records from the vet. She is going to be an expensive dog.

This is not our first Akita it is actually our 3rd. We had a pup that was lost to hip problems and older male we adopted that live until he was 12 last year. So we have dealt with some of the breeds problems.

The new female (Yuki) has terribly itchy skin. She is on a prescription anti-histamine for it this doesn't really work that well. I want to get her off of it. She has been to the specialist for dermatology. There have been a battery of test on her and the result was atophy. This is not very helpful and sounds like what they would name a condition they are unsure of how to fix. The dog is allergic to many things. She is anemic and has poorer lymph system.

First thought is to change the food which we did. I now use Canidae lamb formula. She was previously on cheap food from Walmart. I have added flax oil to her meals and also fish oils. We are using whitchhazel on her skin to reduce itching and this works but on for a temp amount of time. We also have been using aloe from our plants on her skin. Other than that we are riding it out to wait for some form of a change.

The next step is to take her to the local holistic vet we have. I get into the practice and figure the regular vet hasn't figured it out so far maybe the holistic ones can.

Any ideas are welcome.

Thanks,
Wil
Yeah getting her off the "cheap walmart" food is the FIRST good thing. From what i've heard that food is MUCH better that you switched too. You might want to try Nicky's "raw diet"... at least that might help getting all the toxin's out of her body and get her healing. Then you can slowly add back a good quality dog kibble if you didn't want to keep the raw diet. I think nicky has posted what she feeds her dogs before you might try seraching the archives for it. (or she'll read and post it again)

i think you can give dogs vitamine E as well. That might help. I'd ask the vet or the holistic person so make sure you give the right amount. But the food will probably make a HUGE difference. Might want to check out there's a powder i've heard people give their dogs who have skin irration's that seemed to work.. http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... Id=2754410
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hope you get your girl some relif.


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July 17th, 2008, 2:06 pm #4

Hi my name is Wil. I am looking for some help from owners of Akitas while I am trying to correct our new dogs health problems.

We adopted a 17mth female Akita about 4 days ago. She is a beautiful well behaved and temperament dog. This is the good news from it. She came with a bad skin allergy. I did not know the extent of her problems until I received all the records from the vet. She is going to be an expensive dog.

This is not our first Akita it is actually our 3rd. We had a pup that was lost to hip problems and older male we adopted that live until he was 12 last year. So we have dealt with some of the breeds problems.

The new female (Yuki) has terribly itchy skin. She is on a prescription anti-histamine for it this doesn't really work that well. I want to get her off of it. She has been to the specialist for dermatology. There have been a battery of test on her and the result was atophy. This is not very helpful and sounds like what they would name a condition they are unsure of how to fix. The dog is allergic to many things. She is anemic and has poorer lymph system.

First thought is to change the food which we did. I now use Canidae lamb formula. She was previously on cheap food from Walmart. I have added flax oil to her meals and also fish oils. We are using whitchhazel on her skin to reduce itching and this works but on for a temp amount of time. We also have been using aloe from our plants on her skin. Other than that we are riding it out to wait for some form of a change.

The next step is to take her to the local holistic vet we have. I get into the practice and figure the regular vet hasn't figured it out so far maybe the holistic ones can.

Any ideas are welcome.

Thanks,
Wil
Welcome to the forum!

Is she itchy everywhere, or just certain areas? Poor little lady must be miserable. Hopefully the food change helps...

Have they recommended a steriod, like prednisone? My boy, and a few others here take pred for allergies...Mikko just needs his about 1 month out of the year, as he has seasonal allergies.

Sounds like you are doing all the right things with adding the oils, using witch hazel, aloe, etc...I believe another thing you could try is Gold Bond powder. I was told that helps with the itchies.

Maybe going to the holistic vet wouldn't be a bad idea....multiple opinions are best, I think.

I know I don't have any great answers for you, but I bet some others will.

Sarah

ps. We will need to see pics of your pretty girl and thank you for adopting!!!
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July 17th, 2008, 2:24 pm #5

Hi my name is Wil. I am looking for some help from owners of Akitas while I am trying to correct our new dogs health problems.

We adopted a 17mth female Akita about 4 days ago. She is a beautiful well behaved and temperament dog. This is the good news from it. She came with a bad skin allergy. I did not know the extent of her problems until I received all the records from the vet. She is going to be an expensive dog.

This is not our first Akita it is actually our 3rd. We had a pup that was lost to hip problems and older male we adopted that live until he was 12 last year. So we have dealt with some of the breeds problems.

The new female (Yuki) has terribly itchy skin. She is on a prescription anti-histamine for it this doesn't really work that well. I want to get her off of it. She has been to the specialist for dermatology. There have been a battery of test on her and the result was atophy. This is not very helpful and sounds like what they would name a condition they are unsure of how to fix. The dog is allergic to many things. She is anemic and has poorer lymph system.

First thought is to change the food which we did. I now use Canidae lamb formula. She was previously on cheap food from Walmart. I have added flax oil to her meals and also fish oils. We are using whitchhazel on her skin to reduce itching and this works but on for a temp amount of time. We also have been using aloe from our plants on her skin. Other than that we are riding it out to wait for some form of a change.

The next step is to take her to the local holistic vet we have. I get into the practice and figure the regular vet hasn't figured it out so far maybe the holistic ones can.

Any ideas are welcome.

Thanks,
Wil
boy had some itchy issues early on and was plagued with hot spots for a while but we have the groomer use an oatmeal bath and that seems to have helped...Your girl sounds like she has lots of issues contributing; hopefully changing her diet will be a big factor...Keep us posted and pictures, pictures, pictures...
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July 17th, 2008, 2:41 pm #6

Thanks for the responses. I will get pictures of her in the next day or 2 for posting. I will also post pictures of the last 2 we had.

She does itch all over. It seems that she scratches and nibbles at just about every spot she can. She itched her ear open last night which means now she has a cone head for a few days until it heals. The tip of her nose get broken open daily because she rubs it against the carpet. I wish she would stop this since I have off white carpet . Her stomach has a little rash on it that seems to go partly away when using whitchhazel. I don;t see any signs of bugs. The vet didn't report any flea,ticks, mites or otherwise.

I did find it odd that she has been de-wormed 3 times in the past year or so but never had a lab test that showed worms or parasites. I am figuring that it was a precaution to try and help out the skin issue. I know from my own past experience that internal parasite in humans and animals can cause a whole host of problems.

Other than that she is a good dog. What ever the family did they did well. The only downside we have is the cat is not too fond of her. He seems to think hissing and running are a good thing. The cat was raised around the other 2 Akitas when we had them. He should no better.

Thanks again,
Wil
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Joined: January 12th, 2007, 8:38 pm

July 17th, 2008, 2:53 pm #7

I really hope they are able to figure something out for her

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July 17th, 2008, 2:55 pm #8

Hi my name is Wil. I am looking for some help from owners of Akitas while I am trying to correct our new dogs health problems.

We adopted a 17mth female Akita about 4 days ago. She is a beautiful well behaved and temperament dog. This is the good news from it. She came with a bad skin allergy. I did not know the extent of her problems until I received all the records from the vet. She is going to be an expensive dog.

This is not our first Akita it is actually our 3rd. We had a pup that was lost to hip problems and older male we adopted that live until he was 12 last year. So we have dealt with some of the breeds problems.

The new female (Yuki) has terribly itchy skin. She is on a prescription anti-histamine for it this doesn't really work that well. I want to get her off of it. She has been to the specialist for dermatology. There have been a battery of test on her and the result was atophy. This is not very helpful and sounds like what they would name a condition they are unsure of how to fix. The dog is allergic to many things. She is anemic and has poorer lymph system.

First thought is to change the food which we did. I now use Canidae lamb formula. She was previously on cheap food from Walmart. I have added flax oil to her meals and also fish oils. We are using whitchhazel on her skin to reduce itching and this works but on for a temp amount of time. We also have been using aloe from our plants on her skin. Other than that we are riding it out to wait for some form of a change.

The next step is to take her to the local holistic vet we have. I get into the practice and figure the regular vet hasn't figured it out so far maybe the holistic ones can.

Any ideas are welcome.

Thanks,
Wil
many dogs are allergic to flax so you could be making her problem worse.

my suggestion is to try a raw diet on her for a few months and i can almost guarantee you her allergies will clear up... http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/animals.htm&nbsp;&nbsp; I have heard countles stories of dogs with skin and coat problems that nothing would help, except a real food diet. Drop the meds, drop the processed foods, drop the GRAINS,&nbsp;opt for maximum nutrition!

(welcome to the forum btw! would love a photo of your girl!)

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July 17th, 2008, 3:07 pm #9

Thanks for the info on the flax. I did not know that it could be a cause of the problem. We had used it on the previous male and he did fine. So I figures that it would not hurt to try with her. The good thing is I have only given it to her twice now so it is easy to stop.

Any suggestions on which of the raw diets to try?

Thanks,
Wil
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July 17th, 2008, 4:06 pm #10

Hi my name is Wil. I am looking for some help from owners of Akitas while I am trying to correct our new dogs health problems.

We adopted a 17mth female Akita about 4 days ago. She is a beautiful well behaved and temperament dog. This is the good news from it. She came with a bad skin allergy. I did not know the extent of her problems until I received all the records from the vet. She is going to be an expensive dog.

This is not our first Akita it is actually our 3rd. We had a pup that was lost to hip problems and older male we adopted that live until he was 12 last year. So we have dealt with some of the breeds problems.

The new female (Yuki) has terribly itchy skin. She is on a prescription anti-histamine for it this doesn't really work that well. I want to get her off of it. She has been to the specialist for dermatology. There have been a battery of test on her and the result was atophy. This is not very helpful and sounds like what they would name a condition they are unsure of how to fix. The dog is allergic to many things. She is anemic and has poorer lymph system.

First thought is to change the food which we did. I now use Canidae lamb formula. She was previously on cheap food from Walmart. I have added flax oil to her meals and also fish oils. We are using whitchhazel on her skin to reduce itching and this works but on for a temp amount of time. We also have been using aloe from our plants on her skin. Other than that we are riding it out to wait for some form of a change.

The next step is to take her to the local holistic vet we have. I get into the practice and figure the regular vet hasn't figured it out so far maybe the holistic ones can.

Any ideas are welcome.

Thanks,
Wil
Here are some pics I took of Yuki when I did her eval.








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