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Good afternoon,

I would be very grateful for some advice on the above. My 9 year old GSD has AF and I give him atopica 150mg. A friend has suggested that I try calendula tincture on it which I have been doing so since Monday. This seems to be getting worse and he is licking the area loads.
Is there any natural remedy I can give him please?
 

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I have a male who's close to 13 now who was diagnosed with perianal fistulas (anal furunculosis).....vet prescribed Chlorhexidine Antiseptic wipes to clean the area....then apply a topical steroid ointment which has Tacrolimus as a ingredient...that did help... but changing to a grain free diet also helped in Beau's case
 

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Sorry to hear about your dog.

My grand-dog had perianal fistulas (anal furunculosis) also. AWFUL condition!!!!

Make sure the Calendula is the NON-Alcohol formula.
This was also recommended for my Grand-dog, but each dog is different. If it seems to be irritating the area instead of soothing it....stop use.

The Tacrolimus cream has to be ordered by a vet.

Do you have Holistic Vets in your area? or a Homeopathic vet?

Is is possible for you to feed a commercially prepared BALANCED raw diet?

Check out this thread for ideas: http://www.germanshepherds.com/foru...ts-perianal-fistulas-anal-furunculosis-4.html


Two other ideas:
Nirgundi Oil https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B01MZCY6QH/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=new
(you may be able to get this in the UK)

It is made from the plant Vitex nigundo, which is bitter, pungent and astringent in taste. Nirgundi is one of the best natural anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-biotic and an excellent muscle relaxant. Its oil reduces congestion, inflammation and pain. There are very few multifaceted herbs like Nirgundi. The oil heals the fistula and tones the area by maintaining proper blood circulation.
Dose: Local application over the wounds with a cotton ball soaked in the oil twice daily.


If you know someone trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, I heard of this helping a GSD with this condition:

Long Dan Xi Gan Tan 1,000 mg. 2 x daily with food




Moms :)




 

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My dog Nitro developed anal furunculosis at 4 years of age. I opted for the tacrolimus in January this year, it cost $200 Australian. It was dispensed with chemo gloves. The Internal Specialist who dispensed it went to great pains to reiterate the importance of wearing the chemo gloves, and only chemo gloves, he said some pet owners had developed cancer from applying the ointment without using chemo gloves. The applicators also needed to be returned to the Vet Hospital for appropriate medical disposal. Other potential side effects I found on the internet put me off using it on my young dog. Obviously, my decision is not the appropriate or right one for every dog and owner.

I have been consulting with 2 Holistic Vets since the day after the tacrolimus was dispensed, (thanks to Momsto2GSDs for finding them for me here in Australia). With my dog's medical history, chinese herbs were prescribed to restore/rebuild his immunity. Changing his diet was important, he is currently doing very well on lamb. The lamb came after trialing him on goat meat and kangaroo. He is grain free.

I've used lots of different products on Nitro's bum. I use kleenex large & thick tissues and disposable gloves. The list includes (and isn't limited to);
saline solution, vetericyn, organic coconut oil, coconut oil blended with olive oil, malaseb medicated shampoo, epsom salt poultices, chlorhexidine solution, appropriately diluted, manuka honey (the highest medical grade I could source), nirgundi oil, calendula oil, colloidal silver,
sudocrem (zinc oxide 15.25%W/W) nappy rash cream, Desitin (zinc oxide 40%W/W)
betadine, diluted to a weak tea solution), Medipulv antispectic powder.

We were at the holistic vets yesterday, and the fissures are currently looking the best they have been to date. What I'm getting the best results with (at the moment) are gentle cleansing with coconut oil (on a kleenex), followed by a weak betadine solution, a gentle pat dry with another kleenex, and then squirting medipulv antiseptic powder to absorb oozing and moisture.

Nitro had a faecal transplant in March, it didn't fix the AF.
 

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Hi there folks our girl Valentine is our second gsd to be diagnosed with this terrible disease. I took her to the vet on Tuesday and she did an examination, told me to clean it with salt water, gave me antibiotics and told me to come back in a week all to the tune of £73! Anyway, I asked for my regular vet because he treated Saskia, our first. We got home and I fed her and left her alone for an hour or so, when I looked at her bum it was dirty and there was pus, which hadn't been there until the vet examined her. But I was so angry that she didn't bother to clean her up! Yesterday her bum was spotless and the same this morning. She did a poo and I cleaned her straight away but when I cleaned her tonight there was pus there again. Is the pus a good thing? The cleaner I'm using is leucillin, which is water, sodium chloride and hypochlorous acid. Its very safe and can be used on the eyes or any other delicate areas. I also have colloidal silver and I'm waiting on nirgundi oil coming from amazon
 
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