One of the most devastating diseases that effects Akitas is
Poly-arthritis, also called immune mediated poly-arthritis.
Little is known about the genetics of the disease though in truth,
there is a strong suggestion that it is inherited. Invariably,
it occurs following the multiple vaccines given to puppies.
For a better understanding about the disease, read Issho's story.
Issho is perhaps one of the most courageous Akitas I've ever had the
pleasure to know, along with her owner, Lynn Drumm. Lynn took
Issho further than any Akita before or since; she offers Issho's
story as a means to educate. Thanks go to Lynn for reliving
this time of devastating sadness to help others. The lesson
here is that vaccines can be life saving in moderation but they can
induce fatal diseases in dogs predisposed to an immune problem.
The problem is you don't know if your Akita is one of those, so take
it slow, use caution, use common sense. The newest vaccine
protocols do not call for 8 in 1 combinations in young puppies--they
recommend the core vaccines spread apart. Lynn followed the
advice of her veterinarian and now, this is Issho's story.
Click here for Issho's story and detailed
information on this deadly vaccine reaction.