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12-13-2014 07:16 AM
JakodaCD OA I would have his butt area shaved up, AND I would be applying Desitin (as in baby diaper rash creme) IN and around the fistula area daily with a Q tip..You want to try to stop the licking but that can be hard in the beginning while it's oozing.

Add 1 heaping tablespoon of pure canned pumpkin to each meal, this will help with constipation and/or loose stools..
12-12-2014 09:00 PM
BrokenSailor My dog got constipated. He ate a raw bone, a bully stick and he was on a Bison grain free diet. I switched between Salmon and Bison. So I took him to the vet because my dog had some blood and still hadn't passed the stool. He tried all night. I stayed up with him. While he was there they examined him and told me they saw a fistula or two that were starting. They are small. They put him on Sufasalazine, Chephalexin, and Metronidazole.

My dog is a VetDog service dog and he is being treated by a specialist at a facility where the County GSD work dogs are treated. So I am assuming some level of expertise. Cost is not an issue. My dog is far to valuable to mess around. I have read that early intervention is important. I cannot see the fistulas. I can see some oozing stuff out of his anus. Blood work came back for increased white cells. So there is some infection.

If it hadn't been for the constipation problem, He wouldn't have had the problem detected. His anus was raw from his licking it all night. I have some reservations that they could see anything in that raw crappy mess of an anus. Three weeks will re evaluate.

His diet changed to high quality White fish and Potato dry food and canned food, since I have to get these meds in him. They say that the dog has very minor effects right now and nipping in the bud, and changing diet is the most important. Then monitor him. Anything else anyone can share with me, I would appreciate it. 4 shepherds, never had this.
04-06-2014 07:27 AM
JakodaCD OA my best friend, you don't need to make duplicate/triplicate threads repeatedly

What works for one dog may not work for another.
04-06-2014 12:40 AM
My best friend You're a deputy? I am! Please get this GSD help. The huge holes on my GSD's rear end are starting to heal. This autoimmune disease can be treated. His new meds were beyond inexpensive. My GSD is not hugging his tail down now, it is wagging again!
04-06-2014 12:35 AM
My best friend B.S. Yes, there is help. My GSD is on Azathioprine 50mg tabs 2 1/2 a day & Prednisone 20mg tab once a day. He is eating Nature's Recipe Salmon & Sweet Potato dry food. He is healing. First time he wagged his tail in 7mos! It is VERY painful. The bacteria tunnels into the glands. Agony to poop! Change vets. Mine was on Animal Planet f/a year. He is on the vets "Who's Who" list. Try this treatment & save your best friend!
04-06-2014 12:30 AM
My best friend YES! Switch to Nature's Recipe Salmon & Sweet Potato. Recommended by Vet on "Who's Who" list and did a years series on Animal Planet. He is an awesome vet!
04-06-2014 12:28 AM
My best friend YES! My GSD is eating Nature's Recipe Salmon & Potato. Excellent, no bi products. Vet from Animal Planet suggested it.
04-06-2014 12:25 AM
My best friend My GSD is on Azthioprine 2 1/2 50mg tab (once a day) & Prednisone 1 1/2 20mg tab (once a day) Both totaled $120.00 f/a month supply. Switched to Nature's Recipe Salmon & Sweet Potatoe dry food. He is healing! After 7mos, he is wagging his tail. Me too!l My vet was on Animal Planet for a year. Extremely smart and a God send!
04-06-2014 12:20 AM
My best friend My GSD threw up every meal on this med. He is now on Azathioprine & Prednisone. Vet was on Animal Planet for a year. He's the "Big Guns" of vets. He switched us to Nature's Recipe Salmon & Sweet Potatoe dry dog food. He is healing. First time his tail has wagged in 7mos! I am "on cloud nine" to get my boy's spirit back.
04-06-2014 12:16 AM
My best friend My vet was on Animal Planet for a year. He's on the "Who's Who" vet list! He switched my GSD to Nature's Recipe Salmon & Sweet Potatoe. He is on Azathioprine & Prednisone. First time I've seen him wag his tail in 7mos! My boy is healing! Pet Smart or Petco carry this brand. My "tail" is wagging again also!
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