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Re: perianal fistulas - scared for skye [Re: PositiveDog] #32634
04/16/10 02:08 AM
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Bonnie, wonderful news about Skye. Jumping for joy! groovy


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Re: perianal fistulas - scared for skye [Re: SeanRescueMom] #35056
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Been thinking of Skye lately and hoping that the improvement is continuing.

How are you two doing?


MaxaL (aka LisaT)

Jazmine, mini-mix, 10/18/2011
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Max, 5/2001-2/2012, RIP my partner, my Regal Boy
Indy, 5/1997-10/2010, RIP my friend, my teacher

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Re: perianal fistulas - scared for skye [Re: MaxaLisa] #35105
04/23/10 02:13 AM
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How nice of you to ask - I was just thinking today that I should post an update.

Skye continues to do well. Her bum appears to be almost 100% healed and she rarely licks anymore.

I am still using the ointment 1X a day and will go to every other day next week. I'll stop if she continues to stay 'clean.'

She has gained a total of about 8 pounds since she started getting better - after years of staying the same weight no matter what. I think that feeling good and the new single protein food, Orijen 6 Fish have agreed with her. She is still slender, but not so spiney and ribby. (She is still only 68 pounds.)

Also her energy has been very good - she is playful and acts happy if you know what I mean.

I hope that if/when Skye has a flare up it will be as easily treatable. Skye will be back at work as a therapy and demo dog next week after staying home and mending for about 6 weeks.

Oddly, her pannus has flared up - I think she is bored and spends a lot of time looking out the window while I am at work. It has been very bright out - I have upped her optimune to 2X a day again for awhile.

I wish all of your dogs with more difficult battles could have some of the relief Skye has had.


Bonnie

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Bennie the 12 1/2% GSD 02/2013

Seiko, Solo, Sophie, Skye and Buddy - bridge dogs who taught me so much
Re: perianal fistulas - scared for skye [Re: PositiveDog] #35121
04/23/10 02:42 AM
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Originally Posted By: PositiveDog
Skye continues to do well. Her bum appears to be almost 100% healed and she rarely licks anymore.


Great news and glad to hear she will be back to her therapy work next week. thumbup


Sean - 1998/2014
If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart I'll stay there forever.
Carleton DOB unknown
Neely - 2003/2015
Gizmo -2008/2011
Neeko -1991/2005
Re: perianal fistulas - scared for skye [Re: SeanRescueMom] #35131
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I just saw this, otherwise I would have responded sooner. Tacrolimus (aka Protopic) is also what we used to treat Starine for PF. My vet also did not want to go the cyclosporine route until we exhausted all other optins. The Tacrolimus worked for Star, and as I recall, it was about the same time frame as Skye. She healed completely and after I took her off of it several months later, it never came back. It's been six years. In retrospect, the only thing I would have done differently would have been to discontinue it sooner because the black box warning on it came out a few years afterward. I was following my vet's instructions at the time and no one could have anticipated the black box warning which came out while I was using it for my exczema. But I wouldn't be too concerned about it because neither Star or myself have had any long-term side effects.


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Re: perianal fistulas - scared for skye [Re: AgilePaws] #35203
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I am really really really happy to hear your update!! This is just great laugh even better that she gets to return to "work" smile

Max was healing until I tried to back off on one of his meds, and he took a few steps back, but we are on the right track again.

It's a bit scary what the wrong food and a goofy immune system can do when they are combined. I'm glad that a whole bunch of things are getting better for Skye.

Bummer about the pannus, thank goodness that's fairly controllable.

I'm not sure if this is a hijack, but, Sandy, if you read this, about the tac, are you talking about the immune supression inviting cancer risk? I haven't seen the warning, but I'm guessing it's similar to cyclosporine? I use the tac for Max's pannus, and, although it's working very well for his eyes, I think it might have some systemic effects for him.


MaxaL (aka LisaT)

Jazmine, mini-mix, 10/18/2011
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Max, 5/2001-2/2012, RIP my partner, my Regal Boy
Indy, 5/1997-10/2010, RIP my friend, my teacher

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Re: perianal fistulas - scared for skye [Re: MaxaLisa] #35208
04/23/10 05:47 AM
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Originally Posted By: MaxaLisa


I'm not sure if this is a hijack, but, Sandy, if you read this, about the tac, are you talking about the immune supression inviting cancer risk? I haven't seen the warning, but I'm guessing it's similar to cyclosporine? I use the tac for Max's pannus, and, although it's working very well for his eyes, I think it might have some systemic effects for him.


The FDA put a black box warning on Tacrolimus several years back regarding potential cancer risks, at the time I was using it and it was after Star had used it and it did scare me back then. I haven't followed it much recently, until now when I did a quick google. Sounds like the FDA is backing off a bit: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/Safet...s/ucm151161.htm


Sandy

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Re: perianal fistulas - scared for skye [Re: AgilePaws] #35221
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Thanks Sandy, I appreciate the info.

I think that all of these drugs are powerful and in the longterm always have the potential to cause problems, though it seems very rare in these fistula uses.


MaxaL (aka LisaT)

Jazmine, mini-mix, 10/18/2011
Max-n-Indy
Max, 5/2001-2/2012, RIP my partner, my Regal Boy
Indy, 5/1997-10/2010, RIP my friend, my teacher

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Re: perianal fistulas - scared for skye [Re: MaxaLisa] #35229
04/23/10 11:26 AM
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Hey, Lisa - not a hijack. Anything we can get into this thread about PF and meds is great. I also was interested to read what Sandy had to say.

Thanks all!


Bonnie

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SamCat, 03/2011
Bennie the 12 1/2% GSD 02/2013

Seiko, Solo, Sophie, Skye and Buddy - bridge dogs who taught me so much
Re: perianal fistulas - scared for skye [Re: PositiveDog] #35235
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good news for Skye!!


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