One of my lovely local clients, Gerri Nolan, has a lovely white German Shepherd girl she rescued a few years ago and has nursed back to health, who suffers with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency aswell as Anal Furunculosis.
is a wonderful, caring owner, who is open to natural methods if that is
what seems best, and so when she found out about us, having tried
allopathic medicene for the AF and had no luck, she asked us and we were
able to give her the protocol from holistic vet David Urch,
which has helped, and more recently she has tweaked that with some new
and very promising products we have just got in, and is seeing further
improvements with them.
Here is part 1 of Sheba's journey with Anal Furunculosis in Gerri's own words:
"We first found out that Sheba had Anal Furunculosis when she was speyed in January of this year.
She was first prescribed, by the Vet, with majorly expensive tablets Atopica, which over the course of the time that she was on them did not help but actually made her condition worse.
Vet also advised that we keep Sheba on one type of food, for example
just chicken or fish. As Sheba also has EPI, I decided that the fish
diet was the best option as Salmon is good for the colon, well the
salmon oil is best, plus she has the fish varieties of Arden Grange. I
did try her on all raw fish, but she didn't really take to it, so she
has half and half, with berries, cous cous and eggs.
As I was getting my minces and chunks from Julie, I spoke to her about
Sheba's condition, Julie suggested that we look at the Aloe Vera
approach, so out came the Aloe Vera - Nature's Gift book, written by Vet David Urch.
this book he states that this condition is more so found in German
Shepherd's and cannot always be totally healed, but can be managed very
well and improved with the use of Aloe Vera, as the two areas where it
excels in healing is the gut, and the skin.
He recommends the following treatment:-
*Wash the area with Aloe Vera Soap or Aloe Vera Shampoo, and dry
the area well [bear in mind that depending on how far this
condition has got, the area can become sore and sensitive].
* Spray the area with Aloe Vera spray solution, pay particular attention
to the discharging sinuses, it's these areas that the Aloe Vera Spray
has to penetrate.
* Apply generous amounts of Aloe Vera Gelly and alternate using Aloe
Vera Propolis creme. I have found that using both, Gelly followed by
the creme works well.
* This application should be, where possible, be given 4 times a day.
[If you're like me and work full time, it's pretty impossible, so I took
2 weeks off and gave her the intensive treatment over this
* On top of this Sheba has Aloe Vera Gel drink, 30 mls, the
Cranberry & Apple one, in her breakfast and evening meal, along with
1 crushed tablet of Bee Propolis, this attacks the condition from the
responded well to this, with the amount of pus, and the smell being
greatly reduced 'very' quickly, but we do recognise this will be a long
and slow road, as it has to heal from the inside out.
did get fed up on the pure fish diet, so knowing my dog, I put her back
on the meat in the evening, which has worked well, and she has all the
green veg that she needs for her EPI/immune system too.
She's certainly a happier dog now.
I've been following the above program for some months, and her
condition is more stabilized, but was not improving, and on one of my
weekly visits to Julie's, [coz I don't have a big freezer and Julie
lives just down the road from me] she told me about this new stuff
that she was getting in, T.L.C Transdermal Colloidal Silver and Neem products.
After listening to what conditions this has been used on, I had to give it
ago along with the Neem Capsules, and Julie also found out that a dog
this condition had been successfully treated with it, so we
incorporated the Transdermal Silver and Neem/Turmeric capsules into her
I still use the Aloe Vera
Gel in her food, along with the Gelly on occasions, and still use the
Bee Propolis Creme, especially on the base of her tail, and the aloe vet
spray but use the silver more to get right up inside.
ears also often flare up also because of this condition, and then I
find the Bee Prpolis creme a real godsend, and if it's really bad the
Silver helps there too.
It is early
days yet but these changes have brought us added improvements already,
further reducing the amount of pus, and eliminating the smell altogether
She does get fed up with me washing her bottom every day, but it's for
her benefit, whilst the weather has been nice, she's been having her
bottom showered as well.
you're going down this route of treatment, whether it's the Aloe Vera
or the Silver, remember that the bacteria is inside and so treatment
with the Neem or the Bee Propolis is an important part of this
pleased with the progress thus far, and although it is a slow road, all
progress so far, and signs lead us to be hopeful that one day she may be
able to have as minimal discomfort from this as possible, if not
is unfortunately no longer with us now, but subsequent to helping her,
we now find that the dogs which come to us with this issue do best with
the above cleaning methods and products, and on a completely fish-based
diet, raw for food, dried fish for treats.
respond very well to Atopica, and others have had their AF totally
healed over time using a natural remedy formulated by Holistic Vet, Alan
Slater, of Athena Holistics Ltd: