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Although anal furunculosis (af) can affect other breeds, it is a chronic progressive immune-mediated inflammatory disease that is most commonly seen in middle-aged or older german shepherds. Af affects the area surrounding the anus resulting in ulceration, inflammation and fistulas. Anal furunculosis (also called perianal fistulas) is a distressing condition commonly affecting german shepherd dogs and occasionally other breeds. The problem is one of chronic deep infection, inflammation, discharges and ulceration around the tail base and anus. The condition may progress to involve a large area around the back end of the dog. Furunculosis is a skin disease that causes boils filled with pus. In cases of idiopathic furunculosis, the cause of the infection is not known. German shepherds and breeds mixed with german shepherds are predisposed to the condition. Perianal fistula, also known as anal furunculosis is a serious medical condition that most commonly affects german shepherd dogs. Perianal fistulas are characterized by chronic, purulent, smelly, ulcerating, sinus tracts in the anal region and surrounding skin. More recent studies indicate that the condition is more likely caused by an autoimmune disease. As if all that were not enough for the poor dog to contend with, he was also diagnosed with anal furunculosis (perianal fistulae) in june 2009. The fistulae are deep ulcers that form around the anus and under the tail (sometimes progressing up it) and they are very painful. If you own a german shepherd or any breed predisposed to this disease, watch for any signs of any problem in your pet, and get him to a veterinarian as soon as possible if you observe any signs of this debilitating canine condition. Perianal fistulas in german shepherds can be treated even though anal furunculosis requires lifelong management. Anal furunculosis (af) is a chronic, progressive inflammatory disease of the perianal tissues most frequently affecting middle-aged or older german shepherd dogs (gsd). Because this breed accounts for over 80 of all reported cases, there is likely to be a genetic association with disease susceptibility. If you notice that your german shepherd is losing hair on its tail, and it keeps on biting it, it could be a sign of infection. Check for cuts or scrapes on the tails, it can cause infections too. Common tail problems among german shepherds anal furunculosis. Anal furunculosis is a hereditary condition common among german shepherds.