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RE: Thinking of another Collie

Dan and I exchanged PMs. I have had a few cases and my brother's German Shepherd had it the last few years of her life. My experience has been that the progress varies in each individual but has been "slow" in most cases (years). No real treatment or cure. Management and quality of life becomes an issue, especially with a large breed dog. Special needs animals develop a special bond with their people. There is a level of trust and love that transcends even the regular one that people develop with their dogs/cats/horses... And it goes both ways, we develop special feeling for them that makes their eventual loss even more devastating. It takes extraordinary people to care for special needs animals, kids, older folks. When you looks at the good people can do, it really makes you appreciate the good that can be in world.
dturm 04/29/17 06:51am RV Pet Stop
RE: A Bad Saturday

So sorry for your loss. Words seem pretty useless at times like these, just know there are many of us who share your grief and understand the loss.
dturm 04/23/17 03:54pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Planning a vacation to pick up new puppy

When is the trial? Lake Geneva isn't too far for a short trip. Are spectators welcomed?
dturm 04/18/17 01:26pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Purina dog food surprise

My son just had to return Purina dog food twice the same week. The dog food had bugs inside the pieces of food. He called the store and the guy said that it wont hurt the dogs...bs! Almost always bugs in the food has to do with distributor warehouse or the store problems, not manufacturing. While the guy was probably right, it was a very poor answer and not proper customer service. Reminds me of United Airlines school of business. Article from U of MN Doug, DVM
dturm 04/18/17 12:42pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Not such a good Friday

So sorry, Dan. I wish they would live forever. Your care and love gave Lassie amazing years and experiences that you will carry forever. Doug
dturm 04/15/17 05:31am RV Pet Stop
RE: Comments on Oravet

It has been my impression that dental health starts with genetics, then is improved or damaged by lifestyle practices. Most of the dental specific products, like oravet, denta-stix, oral rinses, sprays, water additives, animal specific tooth paste have some degree of benefit. Those benefit range from AMAZING to marginal. I usually recommend them, but success is not universal. Doug, DVM
dturm 04/13/17 02:54pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Richard, it looks like you had some real rough weather blow through your area. Hope you're OK. How well does the Augusta golf course handle water? Are they going to be able to play today?
dturm 04/06/17 05:36am RV Pet Stop
RE: Heaven Acquired a New Angel Calvin's Gift

I'm so sorry, Lance. You gave Calvin a great run, lots of love and a wonderful life. I'm glad Harlee is there for him at the bridge, you take care of yourself and know that we're all thinking of you as well. Doug
dturm 04/06/17 05:32am RV Pet Stop
RE: Over weight Rottie

Have you had her thyroid checked? Hypothyroid aggravates weight control and is pretty common in Rotties of that age. Doug, DVM
dturm 03/25/17 05:44am RV Pet Stop
RE: Camping with a St. Bernard

At our peak, we camped with 2 goldens and a lab cross - equivalent weight to a St. Bernard :B. Aside from the saliva, shouldn't be an issue as long as she enjoys the travel and camping. Most dogs adapt pretty quickly. Good luck.
dturm 03/23/17 02:43pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Dale, good luck with the surgery. Methodist Hospital?
dturm 03/19/17 11:20am RV Pet Stop
RE: Diabetic incontinence?

Just to clarify, UTIs (prostate infection is a subset of those) are pretty common with glucose spilling in the urine. Prostate specific infections not the most common UTI, but certainly possible and way more common than other prostate issues in a neutered male.
dturm 03/17/17 06:31pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Diabetic incontinence?

I had a sample of first-pee urine for them (I dipped a test strip, and saw no ketones, but pretty high sugar although I've heard human test strips aren't accurate for a dog?)...( I've never heard that :B; we use the urine test strips made for people on the urinalysis tests we do in our hospital???? Glucose is glucose whether it's in a dog, person, chinchilla or rat... Just sayin' If his urine glucose was high, that may be the culprit. He could have a prostate infection. Prostate problems (tumors, enlargement)in neutered dogs are really rare, but infections in diabetics are really common.
dturm 03/17/17 02:12pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Be careful with the heating pad. Animals need to be able to get away from the pad, even on the low settings. The have to have the strength to be able to move away and have an area big enough to get off the pad. I've seen severe burns even on the low settings. This is why animal specific pads are preferable. Make sure you put many layers between the pad and the animal. Doug, DVM
dturm 03/17/17 08:38am RV Pet Stop
RE: Diabetic incontinence?

You can get urine test strips from the pharmacy without prescription (at least in Indiana). Usually go to the pharmacy counter and ask for urine glucose test strips (diastix or ketodiastix (measures ketones and glucose)). I'd try testing a morning sample after holding it all night.
dturm 03/15/17 08:04am RV Pet Stop
RE: AC Thermostat Quit

Just had the same thing happen. After troubleshooting, pulling fuses and trying the reset, I found the problem was the cell phone signal booster. As soon as I turned it off, the thermostat worked perfectly. Look for a source of RF interference. Doug
dturm 03/15/17 06:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diabetic incontinence?

It could be volume of urine issues due to diabetes, incontinence (though much more common in females than males) unrelated to diabetes or something else. First thing I'd do is dog a glucose test on his urine, then maybe a urinalysis. I really don't like messing with the incontinence pads on dogs, they don't usually like them and it causes more stress. There are a few medications that are very effective in dealing with incontinence. If he sleeps in the same place without moving much :B, you might try an incontinence bed pad - Walgreens makes a generic version that is pretty large, has a plastic backing and absorbent layers to catch the urine.
dturm 03/14/17 08:01pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Sue hurt her back and has been in pain for two days now. I talked her into taking a pain pill last night to relax her muscles in her lower back and this morning she was much better. For those of you who have back pain and don't have a pacemaker, you might try the TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) units that are available OTC now. Aleve and Icy Hot make them and they have helped Sandy tremendously. They deliver an electrical stimulation to the affected area. They really can work but can't be used in people who have pacemakers.
dturm 03/11/17 09:50am RV Pet Stop
RE: How many out there have cats that travel in their RVs?

We travelled with our Henry for about 3 years before he passed. ZERO problems but he was a very laid back cat. He never tried to get out of the RV and really enjoyed sitting on the dash looking out of the windows. BTW, we had two dogs at the same time we had Henry, and space wasn't an issue. We learned the best place for the litter box (for us and our RV) and he was great about using it.
dturm 03/10/17 05:59am RV Pet Stop
RE: Dr Doug - ever seen a case of Valley Fever? -- update!

Wow, amazing good news. Those negative findings sometimes are the BEST.
dturm 03/10/17 05:55am RV Pet Stop
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