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Pet supplements for fistulas and perianal fistulas in dogs and cats. Fistula

Herbal remedies for fistulas and perianal fistulas in dogs and cats.

A fistula is an abnormal connection that forms between two tissues, organs, or vessels that normally do not connect. The condition is usually associated with an infection in the perianal region, which becomes inflamed and irritated. The disorder is painful and progressive for dogs and cats.

In its earliest stages, there may be only a few clinical signs and the condition may go unnoticed. Some cases are discovered during a routine physical examination or when a dog or cat is bathed or groomed.

Common symptoms of fistula include:

Diarrhea

Anorexia

Weight loss

Constipation

Withdrawal

Agitation

Aggression

Inability to control the bowels (fecal incontinence)

Ulcerations in the perianal region

As the disease progresses, the affected dog or cat will usually strain during defecation, and there will be blood in the feces. Behavior changes are common, and your pet may lose its appetite, also referred to as anorexia and may lick excessively at its tail and rectal regions. Some animals will be reluctant to sit, may be unable to move their tails normally and may become aggressive if their hindquarters are touched.

The cause of fistulas is not fully understood. The condition affects all breeds and genders of dogs and cats. For dogs, German Shepherds are most commonly affected by perianal fistulas.

Unneutered male cats may present more frequently, as well as cats with a broad tail base, or those that carry it low, are thought to have inflammation in the perianal region because it has less ventilation. There is also a higher incidence of this type of inflammation in cats that have sweat glands in the region.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal treatments are used to boost immunity and address inflammation of skin tissues and structures in the body, to help promote wound healing via collagen production, to help inhibit irregular tissue growth, to help cleanse the system and support healthy cells in the body, to help mediate nerve pain related to wounds and skin ulcerations, to help support the body’s own natural restorative functions while having a tonic effect on the skin, bones, muscles and connective tissue, to promote healthy cellular response, to promote the healing of wounds, treating pain and injuries as well as chronic skin conditions.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) capsulestincture,  powder may help promote healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abscess, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs; for bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; adjunctively and holistically to help address conditional needs of DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to help address conditional needs related to respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); may help inhibit bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; may help provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that may help block the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to help stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums.; Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerous, anti-Candidal and reduces nerve pain associated with wounds and injury.

Stix and Stones - (learn more) Stix and Stones may nutritionally help reduce urinary tract inflammation; may help support healthy kidney function and its natural plant adaptogen content may help identify the source of the urinary tract infection at a cellular level and nutritionally work to help restore balance in the bladder, kidneys and ureters; may help moderate cortisol and calcium levels in the blood; may help normalize pH levels toward balance (neither acidic or alkaline); may work to help limit all types of future urinary tract infections (UTI's) and stone formation and crystal formation by blocking their formation in the kidneys and bladder (i.e. calcium oxalate stones from acidic urine; struvite stones from alkaline urine); may help address and break up commonly occurring stone formation related to kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones, gravel, crystals and calculi; adaptogen content helps carry out reparative actions against cellular dysfunction that allows stones to form by helping to block unwanted material from entering kidney cells and supporting their safe elimination in the urinary tract; suitable for all life stages of dogs and cats.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) may help support proper liver function and metabolism, bile production and flow, ma help rehabilitate the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, may help rehabilitate and detoxify the kidneys and liver; tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, including oxalate and struvite crystals and stones; reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi; helps to protect red blood cell formation, useful in diseases such as ehrlichia, ehrlichiosis.

Shake Ur Groove Thing  (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

Get Well Soon  (learn more) is used holistically as an immune booster, an adjunctive cytotoxic therapy for cancer cells and as a complementary therapy in anti-cancer protocols due to its active content of Annonaceous acetogenins, for its studied anti-tumorous natural plant chemicals (slows growth), and potential anti-cancerous activity (inhibits anaerobic cells while protecting healthy cells); antioxidants help promote healthy cell and cell membrane support; helps promotes connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals, which is important in disease prevention; helps standardize normal cell operation; encourages free radical scavenging of cysts, tumors and lipomas; as a broad-spectrum internal and external antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties against infection, as an adjunctive for cysts and tumors related to fibrous, fatty, sebaceous tumors including cutaneous mast cell tumors (mastocytomas, mast cell tumors, sarcomas), lipomas, histiocytomas, adenomas hyperplasia and papillomas. Also used adjunctively and holistically for the following types of tumors: hind quarter, deep tissue, lesions, polyps, warts, basal and mast cell, bone, brain, heart, liver, kidney, bladder, mammary, skin, stomach, eye, ear, nose, mouth and leg tumors.

Conventional Remedies:

Your vet will likely perform a blood test as well aslook for inflammation, swelling, infection, and any signs of bacteria in the perianal region. In more serious cases, a biopsy of the area will be performed

Most treatment options are currently done on an outpatient basis. Warm packing of the area can help, as well as water soothing therapy (hydrotherapy) or cleansing the wound area to prevent infection.

You may need to modify your pet’s diet to include more fiber, which allows for a softer stool and less pain and discomfort when they defecate.

Surgery may be required and is used to remove any inflamed or damaged tissue. In severe and rare instances, the amputation of the cat's tail will be recommended to reduce inflammation and the likelihood of a recurring condition.

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