Monday, December 19, 2016

Holistic Treatment for Perianal Fistulas in Dogs

We wanted to share a recent question that we received from a client so that pet owners who are dealing with perianal fistulas can view our response.

Q: Are there products you sell that would help or support canine anal fistula in a 90lbs. German Shepard? 

Perianal Fistula can be a serious medical condition that can make your pet miserable. It can occur in any breed of dogs, but most commonly Labrador Retrievers, Irish Setters, Old English Sheepdogs, Border Collies, Bulldogs, Spaniels, but especially German Shepherds.  By definition fistula is an abnormal connection between either tissue, organs, or vessels and perianal has to do with the area surrounding the anus. When the condition is mild you may not notice there is a problem, but as it continues to progress  watch for signs of your pet straining to defecate, having blood in their feces, and a decrease in appetite. You might also notice that they excessively lick their tail and hindquarters, often leading to infection with chronic draining ulcers that are very painful for the dog

The cause is not exactly known, but it is believed that the most common causes could be impaction of infection of the anal glands, poor air circulation around the anal region, genetics and most recently an allergy and/or autoimmune reaction.

  • Clipping of the perianal region to increasing ventilation, in conjunction with bathing and cleaning as a palliative measure
  • Treatment with medications (often oral and topical) to clear up the infection and reduce inflammation.
  • Change of diet to a grain-free, novel protein, hypoallergenic food is recommended since many cases may have an underlying allergic or autoimmune cause
  • Use of holistic supplementation including;
1) AmazingOmegas--reduces inflammation and will make bowel movements easier
2) Power Probiotic for Pets- replenishes good bacteria reducing the possibility of infection
3) K9 DigestiveEnzymes- helps with digestion and allergies
4) NotaSAN Capsules--this natural supplement helps to support immunity and fight infection as many of these dogs have constant skin weeping and infections
  • As a last resort, in severe cases, surgery may be need to clear the infected tissue that will help the healing process.