Biopsy confirmed, medication started

2012, Dec, 05 | MANUEL - SA & more | 0 comments

Tell me something I didn’t already know cry

Well no surprise, the biopsy confirmed our diagnosis – SA it is…

Atopica or not

Atopica is used in treament of Atopic dermatitis. Allergy is an immune-reaction (not auto-immune). However both involves an over-active immune system.

So our vet. recommended Atopica (Ciklosporin) also for an auto-immune reaction since it targets T lymphocytes and other cells including langerhans cells, eosinophils and mast cells. The purpose is to calm down the immune defence within the skin area.


  • The scientific tests are not made on a very large group of individuals.
  • The scientific tests are targeting Atopic dermatitis.
  • We have talked to people who have used it on their dogs – no good result.
  • We have read about people who have used it on their dogs – no good result.
  • It is expensive like hell!
  • It has not so nice side-effects.
  • The recommendations for using it on SA is also a heavier dose  per kg than for allergy.

Our reasons for still trying it out

  • It is said that if used within the “first four months” it can make a difference when it comes to how aggressive the attack on the glands will be – we believe we have found it “early”.
  • We are not vain when it comes to Manuel. He is the most beautiful Akita to us, with or without coat, but there are functional reasons. Akitas have such a functional coat!
  • Right now there is still hope for the glands at some areas.
  • It will be a tough dose for a short period of time.
  • We can contact Niklas/our veterinarian as soon as we feel something is wrong.


  • We will try the different ways of giving him the Atopica recommended (before or after food xx hours).
  • Brushing his teeth every day.
  • Having full control of him up til 6 hours after taking the medicine.
  • Not taking him to day-care at the beginning.

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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