Japanese Akita – Disease Predisposition

Japanese Akita

JAPANESE AKITA

Cardiovascular conditions

Ventricular septal defect
Pericardial effusion

Dermatological conditions

Pemphigus foliaceous
  • Uncommon disease
Canine uveodermatological syndrome
  • Also known as Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada-like syndrome
Granulomatous sebaceous adenitis

Gastrointestinal conditions

Gastric dilatation-volvulus
  • Possible breed predisposition

Musculoskeletal conditions

Polyarthritis – meningitis
  • Idiopathic
  • This breed is prone to a more severe form of the disease
Cranial cruciate ligament rupture
  • Young animals may be predisposed in this breed

Neurological conditions

Congenital vestibular disease
Congenital deafness
Glycogenosis (glycogen storage disease)

Ocular conditions

Entropion (usually lower lids)
  • Breed predisposition – polygenic inheritance likely
Uveodermatologic syndrome
  • Also known as Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada-like syndrome
  • Breed predisposition
Glaucoma
  • Breed predisposition
Multifocal retinal dysplasia
  • Congenital condition; inheritance as an autosomal recessive trait suspected
Generalised progressive retinal atrophy (GPRA)
  • Autosomal recessive inheritance suspected
  • Night blindness is present at 1–3 years, complete
  • blindness at 3 to 5 years
Multiple ocular defects
  • Congenital defects; autosomal recessive inheritance suggested
  • May include microphthalmia, cataract and retinal dysplasia

Physiological conditions

Red blood cell microcytosis

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