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Old 12-10-2009, 01:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
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What are you currently feeding? Any other foods fed since about the time that this fistula came up?
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:42 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Just an fyi, I updated Max's PF thread, linked above.
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:00 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Did the fistula show up after the anti-inflammatory? Is it Rimadyl? Is the vet monitoring blood values with drug?
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:22 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I just want to say yes it is very painful it is hard for them to poop, the web site that was listed is very good and you should join it the people there are very informative I know because my gsd has the autoimune pfds and I am a member of that group and the pfs are treatable. I changed Dukes food to Natural Balance venison and sweet potato. He was also on cyclo and still is.
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Originally Posted By: LisaTWhat are you currently feeding? Any other foods fed since about the time that this fistula came up?
I have been feeding Diamond Premium for years
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:13 PM   #16 (permalink)
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This is the link I found to the Diamond Premium:
http://www.diamondpet.com/products/d...mula_for_dogs/

I would find a food that has no corn, no wheat, and absolutely no chicken (or chicken fat) in it. I would probably stay away from turkey too, just to be safe. Go for Lamb or fish based.

My Derm said that she had one dog's fistula go away with a food change and an anti-fungal. Wish we could all be that lucky. However, your girl's food has two big triggers in it (corn and wheat), and another common trigger (chicken), so maybe a food change will make a big difference
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:04 PM   #17 (permalink)
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oh no my dog had this and yes it is painful for them. GSD are prone to it and it is to do with the immune system. We put my dog on combination of nizoral and cyclosporine which suppresses the immune system and helps with the pain. Also we shaved the underneath of his tail and round his bum. washing with a betadine solution to help with removal of bacteria. We also changed his diet drastically from a hypoallergenic food to RAW. He was 8 when he got it he is now 12 and he has not relapsed (touch wood) Changing to the raw meaty bone diet really helped him i hope your dog gets better soon.
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Tacrolimus ointment is a much less expensive alternative to cyclosporine. Apply thin film to affected area ONCE a day.
$58.15 plus shipping from panthermeds.com for the generic .1% 30 gram tube which ought to last 2-3 months.
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I also had a dog with fistulas. There is a support group on yahoo groups calld PF-L or something like that - it was a very good group. Mine had surgery but he was 7 or 8 at the time and it did the trick for him....but I wouldnt think of it on an older dog.

He could NOT tolerate RMBs; he would get bloody mucousy stools but did well on a fish based diet and I always gave him metamucil to keep things moving just right.

I agree - my dog was MISERABLE with them.
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My dog has this i've been dealing with this for about two years. He is on Atopica 100mg now just once a day and I also use a cream Protopic oitment 0.1% on the area once a day. I can see how painful it is for him, the vet and I have been working to keep it under control (since it seems like it will never go away) and my pocket is hurting it is expensive. We haven't heard about diets though and I am new to this website if anyonwe colud please direct me in that path. I also have a female GSD but she doesn't seem to suffer from this (thank God) any help would be great thank you
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