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Deputy95 12-08-2009 02:40 PM

Anal Fistula
Anyone else had a GSD with this. My vet says that it is something that is genetic in German Shepard's. He tells me that it is not painful and that there is really nothing they can do about it. She is 12 and on pain meds anyway for some arthritis. It does not seem to bother her, but it is gross since if basically a big hole next to her anus.

Ruthie 12-08-2009 03:09 PM

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This post has lots of information. Unfortunately, your vet is mistaken. Fistulas are painful. Our Gator had them. She may not be feeling it because o the pain meds she is already on, so that is good. You'll want to make sure that you keep the area clean.

Good luck to you and your girl.

lhczth 12-08-2009 07:05 PM

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I had a dog with this a number of years ago.

This used to be one of the most up to date sites. I haven't been here in years, but would be worth looking at. They also have an email list.

srfd44-2 12-08-2009 07:11 PM

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for starters put her on a no meat and no grain diet. Wellness fish and Sweet Potato is good. she also needs to be on antibiotics for any infections. Cyclosporin and Ketoconizole are also used for PFs. Search for Dr. Hardie online. He is an expert on this.

JakodaCD OA 12-08-2009 07:25 PM

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I highly suggest checking out the site Lisa posted, they also have a listing of PF savvy vets by area.

Your vet sounds pretty ill informed when it comes to fistula's.

At your girls age, I probably wouldn't go for radical treatments but your vet is full of it , if he doesn't think they are painful and nothing can be done about it.

It is not just a "GSD" thing anymore either.

I would also shave up the area, keep it as clean as possible, join the email list they have tons of good info and people who will be able to suggest alternative treatments..

(You also might want to try applying desitin in and around the area)

I have been there done that, with two gsd's, and both had good recoveries from different treatment methods..

and I agree with the food change

arycrest 12-08-2009 07:43 PM

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Sorry to read about your girl. I sent you a PM with an article written by Carolyn Lavengood for our WGSDCA newsletter - it has a lot of good information about PF's in it.

Also, I would consider looking to see if you can find a vet who might be better informed about treating a dog with PF's.

Deputy95 12-09-2009 03:13 PM

Re: Anal Fistula
Thanks for the info. I had her on Cyclo for awhile. it was insanely expensive and was doing no good. I am going to try the zink oxide.

JakodaCD OA 12-09-2009 07:30 PM

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The zinc isn't a cure, but does help some. and I really suggest a vet in your area who knows what he's dealing with..

good luck, PF's are no fun for the dog or owner

LisaT 12-10-2009 02:15 AM

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Yeah, they are painful for the dog, sometimes severely so.

The Derm we see said about half her dogs with fistulas get better without cyslosporin. Some require antibiotics, some an anti-fungal, and mos all a diet change to some new single protein, single carb food.

I have to agree with the others and perhaps say it a bit stronger. In this area, your vet is pretty lame, and is doing your dog no favors.

If they out of control, this can be fatal. It can lead to all sorts of problems that interfere with digestion, elimination, and mobility.

Deputy95 12-10-2009 11:11 AM

Re: Anal Fistula
Any suggestions on food change?

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