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From: "Carla Brown" <email@example.com> phone: 770-307-60
Giga is a German Shepherd, and will be 4 years old December 17. She was abandoned March 31st of this year, along with what was probably her pup, at a local "vet clinic"/boarding facility. I use that term loosely, as any true vet clinic would have treated this girl and not let her suffer. After keeping her for 7 months- not treating her and not even feeding her well.... they dropped her and the younger dog off at our local animal control. The younger dog was adopted, Giga was stressed and did not do well in the shelter environment. I pulled her in order to save her - only to immediately discover that she had been suffering from perianal fistula, a painful condition when left untreated. The stress from the shelter only made it worse.
Perianal fistulas, also known as Anal Furunculosis, are ulcerated tracts that develop around the anus. The tracts are similar to the root system of a plant, spreading out in all directions. These abscesses eat out the flesh around the anus and often into the intestinal tract. There are often unseen, but deeply infiltrating fistulous tracts that can spread up inside the tail and down into the back legs, along the rectal wall up to 3 and 4 inches deep, and into the dog’s internal organs, eventually causing death. Perianal fistulas are becoming more widespread by the day, and they hit without care to gender or age. They are most commonly diagnosed between the ages of two and five, but have been diagnosed in dogs as old as ten.
The symptoms of the primary lesions are deep, draining, fistulous openings around the anus which will not heal. They may spread to involve a large portion of the perianal area. Some dogs will show few signs of discomfort other than licking the anal region. But as the problem advances, there may be damage and scarring that prevents normal defecation. These dogs may experience fever, constipation, pain when passing feces, bloody feces, diarrhea, weight loss, lethargy, butt scooting, and open sores often with a malodorous discharge, similar to the odor of having the anal sacs expressed. Some dogs with severe perianal fistulas may not be able to close the anus properly, leading to incontinence.
Here is info on ways to treat a PF. http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/pf3.html
The most common treatment today is a combination of Cyclosporin and Ketokonazole- usually the first round of treatment is 16 weeks, some dogs never have a recurrence, but about 40% do. The second round of treatment is generally shorter than the first. Giga has been on this treatment for approx 4 weeks. Meds are approx $110 per month. I have almost a full month worth of meds that I recently purchased for her. Giga is gaining weight and seems to be responding well to the treatment. She is a dream to give her meds to, just put them in the back of her mouth and she will swallow. She gets along all my dogs, can be a little dominant with the females but there has never been a fight. Giga is crate trained and house trained, although the PF can make it difficult for her if she has to go a long time without going outside. She is a VERY protective dog. Her best home would be with a single person or couple- she does prefer women to men. I would not put her in a home with children, as I think it would be too much activity for her.
Giga needs a home- or a foster home that is a little quieter and suitable to doctoring her through her recovery period. Any help is appreciated. Giga is located in Gwinnett County, GA.