Anal Infection (Perianal Fistula, Anal Furunculosis) is a progressive disease describing the condition of a chronic lesion around the anus, triggered by pathogenic bacteria or fungi, but caused by a weakened immune system that cannot fight off those bacteria and fungi as it normally would.
Note that Anal Infection is not the same as "anal gland" or "anal sac" problems, which describes the condition of an inflammation in or around the anal glands due to a lack of natural evacuation of accumulated toxins.
The anal glands are one of the body's "detox chambers" that occasionally naturally evacuate excessive toxin levels - those toxins that the body can expel, many it cannot.
This is why it can only be considered foolish when ordinary allopathic vets recommend dog owners to pay them to remove the anal glands during surgery!
When the anal glands no longer can evacuate naturally
- either because they have been foolishly surgically removed
- or because of an avalanche of toxins in industrial pet "food"
- or because ill-advised dog owners manually express the glands
Anal Infection can form deep and draining ulcers that can make this condition painful and tough to heal.
Conversely, the inflammation from excessive toxin build-up causes itching and is easy to heal:
- Let the anal glands do their job naturally
- and don't cause an avalanche of toxin build-up by feeding industrial crap and/or by administering ill-advised lab medication, useless and harmful vaccination "boosters", and similar meanders.
Who Suffers Anal Infections
Unfortunately, German Shepherds are one of the main breeds to suffer Anal Infections (one study accounted for 84% of the dogs diagnosed). To some this seems to suggest that Anal Infections are an inherited defect.
However, the larger number of glands in the perianal area when compared to other breeds, and the way the tail is set and carried, both promote growth of bacteria and fungi. So indeed this may be the only reason for the increased incidence of Anal Infections among German Shepherds.
Primarily male German Shepherds are affected, and mostly between the age of 5 to 8 years.
While most GSDs easily cope with this greater pathogenic attack, ie they don't suffer Anal Infections, dogs with a particularly weak immune system can contract Anal Infections.
- frequent chewing or licking the perianal area
- scooting the anal area over the ground
- perianal ulcers or bleeding or red or black spots
- foul-smelling discharge in the perianal area
- pain when lifting the tail
- clearly different potty routine
- stool looks clearly different
- losing appetite
- losing weight
- change in behavior because of discomfort or pain
Preventing Anal Infections
The warm, moist area around the anus and under the tail make an excellent environment for bacteria and fungi to multiply up to the point of an Anal Infection if the immune system is too weak to fight off the pathogens.
As already mentioned above, only dogs with a weakened immune system will develop Anal Infections, while healthy dogs easily cope with an abundance of pathogenic attacks (else dogs wouldn't even exist today).
Again, a weak immune system is caused by:
- feeding toxic industrial crap "pet food"
- administering ill-advised lab medication, foremost immunosuppressants (steroids, NSAIDs, etc)
- over-vaccinating or wrongly vaccinating
- insecticides in flea and tick spot-ons
- environmental intoxication from carpet adhesives, floor cleaning detergents, yard pesticides, etc.
Likely in this very order. So make sure you avoid all that, in order to prevent Anal Infections (and so much more).
In addition, avoid interfering with the function of the anal glands as one of the body's "detox chambers": Do not have them surgically removed, and do not manually express them. Either of that can lead to inflammation which then will attract many more bacteria and fungi and so can cause an Anal Infection too.
Once started, Anal Infections almost always lead to chronic conditions, not least because ordinary allopathic vets treat them wrongly:
- with ineffective "broad-spectrum" antibiotics
- and/or with the "steroid-sparing" Cyclosporine or the immunosuppressive corticosteroid Prednisolone.
So make sure you avoid ordinary allopathic vets as well.
Be aware that a well-nurtured and not intoxicated canine or human organism does not get sick easily, no matter how many pathogenic attacks the body has to resist!
Evolution made dogs even more resilient than people: historically the dog gene pool adapted/improved twice yearly, the human gene pool only once every 20+ years.
Other than that, if you worry too much that your dog might contract an Anal Infection, you may regularly cleanse the anus area with a wipe and strong antiseptic spray. But then make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with an antiseptic lotion before you attend to your dog's anus, and afterwards again.
Speaking of this, a funny note: We once had a Scottish neighbor, she said she wipes her dog's anus after every walk. But then she said she takes her dog in the bed. Thus, at least her strict anus cleansing regiment was a way to somewhat limit her own infection risk.
Treating Anal Infections
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