Living a good life despite Sebaceous Adenitis

2015, Apr, 07 | MANUEL - SA & more | 0 comments

Less medication more real food

Throughout the years I have gradually gone from dry food/kibbles via various raw food brands – to cooking the food myself  for Manuel.

It all started when he had an Akita with Atopic Dermatitis staying with us for a period of time. A lot was tried with medication and  hyposensitization but nothing really helped her that much. I decided to start cooking their food. All the protein that she was said to be allergic to, was not a problem anymore – when real protein, real food.

I read several studies and articles on dogs and nutrition and from that day Manuel never had the same dish two days in a row. Do I need to say that he loved that?

  • Why should a dog eat the same thing every day?
  • Why should a dog eat the same amount of food every day?

Does that really make sense?

Most dog food is not classified as food!

Did you know that? Read on the package next time. Most dog food (not all) are not classified as food. In other words, there are very low demands on how to handle the produce and what kind of produce that is used.

A dog has 1,000 times better sense of smell than a human. Humans have about 5 million olfactory cells in their nose, while the dog has about 220 million olfactory cells in its nose.

I saw a very interesting documentary about bears. When they came out hibernation they knew they needed a lot of high-energy food. Therefore when catching salmon, they did not eat the flesh, but only the skin. Even if not extreme, of course the need varies from day to day for a dog too! But of course, kibbles, and the same amount every day is convient – for us…

Still going my own way

We have great vets. They are great to discuss with and after having had a relation for so many years they trust my judgement. I guess that even if they did not do that from the start, they did after seeing the result.

Still refusing schampoo

As you might have read before we refused giving baths with even if marketing as “good” as containing Chlorhexidine. The vets have given up on us there and just ask without waiting for the anwser. They knew I would argue for that water was a problem as such as well as shampoo. I guess they are prompt to ask as a part of the “additional sale” strategy. They did not really disagree with me as I instead put energy on treating his skin locally wherever needed. He never, ever got fungus/yeast infections so the result was nothing to complain about.

Still refusing medicating all the time

I have been trusted to medicate only when I see that an attack is upcoming… But as Manuel has had these pains from time to time I find myself reasoning back and forth all the time – whether to quit totally.


My mental coach

How is life otherwise? Life is great, living with Manuel. We are so happy we got to live with him.

We have spent years and years building trust….and now we can “harvest the fruit”.  Yes we spend a lot of time researching and making adaptions – to him. Why should we not? He is one third of our family and very mature and wise.



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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