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RE: anxious dog

I wouldn't go to medication as the first choice. Medication won't change her reaction to being left alone, it will just block the reaction. It's always better to change her reaction to a positive one. The purpose of medication is to calm and relax the dog enough that it can learn new behavior(s). Stressed dogs, like stressed people, don't learn easily or well. You beat me to respond. :B Actually the correct medication can change how she will respond. The exaggerated anxious response is associated with a change in brain chemistry and the proper medication and dose can moderate that chemical change. The normal response can be trained as others have indicated when there is no or little stress. Paws is totally correct that learning does not go well when people or animals are stressed. The days where sedation is used to treat these situations are a thing of the past. Doug, DVM
dturm 07/24/14 06:57am RV Pet Stop
RE: campground near hobart

Indiana Dunes state park is probably the closest good campground, but it's electric only. I'd avoid Jellystone in Portage
dturm 07/23/14 01:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: IL i57 Mattoon & Effingham

X4. Bob and Abby are great hosts/owners. We frequent this campground when breaking up our trips to visit family.
dturm 07/23/14 07:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mole on dog's front leg ... light colored, questions ?

These are very common in all breeds of dogs. Your vet will be able to tell a lot by looking at it. Most are benign and only need to be removed if they cause a problem, but dogs do get melanomas, mast cell tumors and other skin cancers that do need to be removed. Your vet may just look, do cytology or recommend removal. Doug, DVM
dturm 07/22/14 05:39am RV Pet Stop
RE: + 38 degrees Celsius ... In Arizona ...

Mom and dad decided to go to Michigan when this summer time polar vortex hit, sure beats what you have Calvin. It's been 50's at night and 70's during the day (I don't know how to convert C to F.) I like it cool. I get to snuggle into my bed at night, too. Jill
dturm 07/18/14 06:31pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Coconut oil for dog's skin?

I'm not going to get into a philosophical argument when your position is obviously so entrenched. If you can give evidence more than anecdotal with your dog(s) or a friends dog or an internet web site, please have at it. It's just that real world situations are not as black and white and not as easily solved as you suggest. BTW, 3 year vaccination protocols have been the accepted standard of care in dogs and cats for over 10 years now, so your argument isn't supported (at least in many practices). Tongue firmly in cheek: I guess I wasted 4 years in college, 4 more years in vet school and 37 years in practice when all that was needed to have a happy, healthy long lived animal was to feed raw and don't vaccinate. Doug, DVM
dturm 07/18/14 09:07am RV Pet Stop
RE: Coconut oil for dog's skin?

Just a quick note. Lance Armstrong's steroids were Anabolic Steroids not what we're talking about (glucocorticoids)and has no bearing on this discussion. While inappropriate use of glucocorticoids can and do cause problems, in 37 years of practice in NEVER encountered a single case of long term problems with a single or two steroid treatments for seasonal allergy (two to four months), even given over the lifetime of the animal. I'm not saying it can't happen, but the threat and risk vs rewards needs to realistically evaluated. There are many different approaches to deal with these problems, anyone who has had an animal that is literally tearing themselves apart sees the need for immediate relief. The other approaches may be a good idea for long term control, but there isn't too much better for immediate relief. Doug, DVM
dturm 07/18/14 08:21am RV Pet Stop
RE: Which dog ramp for class A mh?

We've been through several large geriatric dogs and have tried the ramp that DogFolks referred to. It is well built and strong, but I found constantly setting up and taking down the ramp became cumbersome. Every time people left the MH the ramp had to be moved then set up for the dogs. I eventually developed the technique of giving them a boost with a hand between the rear legs going up (the male required some training, the females were fine) then going down I used a towel sling around the belly. Whatever works for you, just giving another option. Doug
dturm 07/14/14 07:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Omega3

Too much = diarrhea. We use mega doses (way above normal therapeutic doses) as anti-inflammatory in some conditions. Tufts Vet school recommendations Doug, DVM
dturm 07/13/14 04:27pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Pet ID tags, What info to put on it?

Before the advent of RFID chips for identification, the tattoo was the only means of affixing a permanent id. With the new technology, they are about useless. About the only use now if for easier identification when an animal has been spayed.
dturm 07/12/14 01:32pm RV Pet Stop
RE: ThunderShirt" for Pet Anxiety

Dogs do not usually need meds along with the thundershirt. Some severe, intractable cases benefit from a multiple phased approach. Many no longer need medication once things have settled down.
dturm 07/08/14 11:08am RV Pet Stop
RE: ThunderShirt" for Pet Anxiety

Personally, I feel a Thundershirt is always the first alternative to try before drugging the animal. Depends on degree. I've had patients that have caused physical harm to themselves trying to get under beds, chewing through doors or going through glass doors. Trial and error use of "more natural" remedies wouldn't be my first choice in these cases. Then you have the issues of the behavior becoming habitual while you are messing around, trying to find a solution that works. As much as people dislike a "drug" approach (and I generally agree), we've come a long way from just giving them acepromazine and tranquilizing them. The newer anti-anxiety medications and combinations along with retraining and something like a thundershirt can very rapidly address these types of problems (in most cases). Doug, DVM
dturm 07/08/14 07:00am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

So sorry for your loss. This hits us hard, especially when we have dealt with a special needs pet. It seems like their will and our efforts result in a special tight relationship. Doug
dturm 07/07/14 03:17pm RV Pet Stop
RE: ThunderShirt" for Pet Anxiety

Another thread and results: Thundershirt I've had patients with different results, most positive. Worth a try as they have (at least had) a money back guarantee. Doug, DVM
dturm 07/07/14 03:14pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Coconut oil for dog's skin?

Coconut oil has many fatty acids and some omega oils. These are almost always beneficial to skin and hair. You would probably get similar benefits from any source of Omegas but a specific product may work better in one individual vs another. Kind of a process of trial and error.
dturm 07/06/14 10:08am RV Pet Stop
RE: I-29/I-435 police chase near KC. Up close and PERSONAL!!

Wow, really scarey. Glad you two and the dogs are OK. I guess all you could do in that situation is hold on and pray.
dturm 07/03/14 06:02pm Around the Campfire
RE: Wal Mart etc. stops for groceries

Just a health note here. NEVER put a muzzle on a dog and leave them unattended. They need to pant to cool their body, even in mild temperature condition. It is a quick way to kill your dog through hyperthermia. Doug, DVM
dturm 07/03/14 11:17am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Few branches down and some water in the basement due to no electricity for the sump pump, but all is good.
dturm 07/02/14 02:45pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Since we frequently do weather reports here :B, I thought I'd share. We spent a wonderful 8 days in St. Louis visiting family and friends (Walter and Garland). We left Monday and had a 20 mph tail wind all the way up I55 to Joliet. We planned to stay through the 4th to avoid the fireworks in Indiana. Monday night we had the derecho fly through, we pulled in the large slide and kept an eye on the radar and other than very high straight line winds (some clocked at 80 mph), no issues at the campground. Not so lucky at home. This is a picture from the neighboring suburb (Highland, IN) and we've been without electricity at the house for 48 hours. http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/qq261/dturm/derecho62014.jpg width=720 I ran in to the house and cleaned out the fridge (not much there as we pretty much emptied it before the trip) but some freezer items were cold but thawed. I guess we'll have a big dinner tonight. Our power company says the power should be restored by tonight or tomorrow at the latest. Doug
dturm 07/02/14 01:36pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Dr. Doug-Opinion on Atopica

Most patients I have seen that have used Atopica have been prescribed by a dermatologist. It certainly is worth a try. One problem is that it also is expensive. The problem with doxycycline costs have to do with production and supply. I don't know if there is a real reason, or if this is a game being played by mfg companies to increase income. Right now we were notified that IV fluids (like saline) were not available and when it does become available it will be 6X the cost. Come on, it's salt and water...
dturm 07/01/14 02:51pm RV Pet Stop
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