Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Perianal Fistula

General Information
A perianal fistula is an abnormal erosion, canal, or tunnel in the delicate tissues around the anus. These fistulas or tracts generally lead to the rectum or an infected area (abscess), such as the anal sacs.

Although any breed is susceptible, perianal fistulas are most common in German Shepherds and Shepherd mixes, Irish Setters, Retrievers, Collies, and Spaniels.

The condition is very painful and causes constipation and/or painful elimination, bleeding, dragging the anus on the ground or floor, and a foul-smelling discharge. Treatment is either surgical or medical, depending on the severity of the condition.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.