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RE: A question on the Parvo shot

Just a note on vaccinations, as it seems that many are reporting experiences with vaccination failure. It does happen and for a variety of reasons. The animal vaccinated may be immune compromised and not respond to the vaccination because of disease, nutritional state, stress and individual biology. The vaccine could be "bad" meaning it was improperly manufactured, stored, shipped or handled. The vaccine could be administered improperly. Then there is the timing factor. This is particularly common in shelters/rescues where the individual is exposed to the virus about the same time they are vaccinated. The incubation period of the disease is almost always shorter that the time it takes to develop an immune response to the vaccine (at least 2 weeks). And to get full immune response in an unvaccinated individual boosters are required in most, therefore another time delay in full protection. Even though you hear about vaccine failures, they really don't happen very often when considering the number of animals that are vaccinated, and we can almost always figure out what the reason for the failure was. Doug, DVM
dturm 11/20/14 05:55am RV Pet Stop
RE: Not a tumor - gloves!

Happy her and her pup--but I agree with others--the vet should've known the difference. I wonder how many times this has happened and been misdiagnosed by a less than efficient vet.... It's not always that easy. Cloth is not radio-opaque (like metal, stones, etc.) and appears like all the other soft tissue - including tumors. Location of the mass might help differentiate and further X-ray studies (like barium) could better light up what's going on (but that's more money). Then an ultrasound might be useful in differentiating tumor vs. foreign body. Most of the time we go with a list of possibles in a differential diagnosis and base the plan on the most likely. I've had cases like this where I suspect tumor, but couldn't rule out a foreign object. Often times we have done an exploratory to make sure there was nothing that could be done and euthanize on the table and not let them wake up if the situation could not be corrected. It's always another option. Glad things worked out. Doug, DVM
dturm 11/20/14 05:43am RV Pet Stop
RE: A question on the Parvo shot

Talk to your vet and express your concerns. Then make a decision with your vet that will be the best for your dogs. Comparing not vaccinating for Parvo against not vaccinating for Kennel Cough is apples to oranges. Parvo virus can survive in the ground, so your dogs don't need to come into contact with an infected dog to get the disease. Also, just like with people vaccinations, all the dogs who get vaccinated help protect those dogs who can't get vaccinated for health reasons. Make sure YOUR decision is based on facts and not hype. Very good points. I wanted to expand, the parvo virus can survive in the ground for extended periods of time, over winter (we think), and on objects (like your shoes, hands, feet, wheels of your car and RV...) so your dog does NOT have to come in contact with an infected dog to be exposed to the virus. Staying in a house or in your yard is no protection at all. Ever stop at a rest stop?? Just walking around even if you don't step in a pile of poop could pick up millions of virus particles without knowing it.
dturm 11/18/14 06:05am RV Pet Stop
RE: A question on the Parvo shot

Parvo vaccination is an absolute necessity for dogs. The only exception would be for individual health reasons in each particular dog. The real question is how often? The guidelines published by the AAHA and updated 2011 recommend a complete puppy series of core vaccinations with the final parvo around 20 weeks of age (particularly important in some breeds - dobermans, rots, pits). Boosters are recommended every three years. The report is available online, PDF file 43 pages long - just google it. The reaction to the parvo fraction of the vaccination (most times it is included in a multiple vaccine including Distemper) is just about non-existent, in my experience. The severity of the disease and the real risk of death is such that I wouldn't risk not vaccinating without VERY REAL, known complications from the vaccination in that individual. Doug, DVM
dturm 11/18/14 05:57am RV Pet Stop
RE: Turn for the worse

Really tough time for everyone, sorry you have to go through it but really respect your decision and timing. Give Duncan special attention hugs. Make sure he keeps active, go for walks and play time (it will help all of you). If things are not getting better in a few days, contact your vet and ask about an anti-depressant for him. Sometimes it eases the grief and speeds the recovery in individuals that have a sensitive nature. Doug, DVM
dturm 11/15/14 03:29pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Andy's mast cell surgery - delayed again

Rita, you're spot on with the info. I worked a couple of weeks ago (subbing for a Dr on vacation) and did a mast cell tumor removal on a Boston. We did oral benadryl prior to surgery as it was a single small mass about 1/2" diameter. We got clean margins so no further treatment. I've found this is the most common situation found in practice, but it's not uncommon to find multiple masses or the mass is in a place where complete surgical removal is impossible. Doug
dturm 11/15/14 08:59am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

I have know several dogs who demonstrate that behavior and have NEVER been hit. There is an strong instinctive reaction in some individuals to show that extreme submission. Our natural reaction as care givers and rescues to assume physical abuse and it's not always true. Doug, DVM
dturm 11/12/14 12:54pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Sadly I don't have very good luck with dogs

The decision to do or not do surgery on osteosarcoma is a very difficult one. Most studies indicate that by the time we are able to diagnose the cancer it has already metastasized. They can be very difficult to spot because there are so many other problems that mimic them, as Skip found out. Even early radiographic changes don't always look like cancer, but once the bone changes become obvious there really isn't too much else that can cause that. The times I've done amputations with bone cancer have been entirely to prevent pain, not to cure the cancer. Without that surgery the pathologic fractures happen and the degree of pain is such that no one would watch their dog go through it. Just a note, I diagnosed my niece's Weimaraner with osteosarcoma in her jaw (worse prognosis than in long bones). She had a partial mandibulectomy (removed part of the jaw) and had three rounds of chemo (both done by a specialty clinic) and the dog was "cured" and died of old age related problems many years later. Maybe bad luck for you Skip, but fortunate your dogs had/have you. Doug, DVM
dturm 11/08/14 05:41pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Claire has crossed the rainbow bridge

So sorry for your loss. I'm glad you have great memories of a wonderful companion.
dturm 11/04/14 01:51pm RV Pet Stop
RE: what should my puppy chew

I really like Nylabone products and the kongs, but any product can be dangerous if chunks are broken off and swallowed. It's a pretty good practice to be with them when they are chewing, at least initially until you can be confident in how they chew. You get some real aggressive chewers that tend to get into problems swallowing big pieces and breaking teeth. Doug, DVM
dturm 10/31/14 11:26am RV Pet Stop
RE: Surgical Anal Gland Removal

Several years ago while we were on vacation in California we noticed a large bulge under our Doxy's tail. Took him to a vet in Monterey . They told us it was an impacted anal gland and recommended removing. They did the surgery that day, picked him up the next. This was 4 or 5 years ago but the bill was around $400 if I remember right. Other than having to wear the " cone of shame" for a few days, all went well and he didn't have any complications. An impacted anal sac does not usually require removal. If there is an abscess in the impacted gland it needs to be drained and flushed. This is a surgical procedure, but the gland is not removed. The $400 price range is pretty common for this procedure in city or suburban areas. Doug, DVM
dturm 10/30/14 03:37pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Surgical Anal Gland Removal

I consider the anal sac removal more of a last resort rather than an early option because of discomfort or frequent need to have them emptied. There are several nerves in the area, a communication to the rectum and in an area that cannot be protected from contamination post surgery. This all leads to a higher risk of complications. Most are temporary but significant enough to warrant consideration. Those I've done usually have been required due to tumors in the gland or very serious recurrent infections, not just repeated need for expression. Another treatment I've had success with is to instill an antibiotic/cortisone ointment into the sac. This requires mild sedation or a very cooperative patient, but I am often able to achieve this in the exam room. Basically a blunt needle is threaded through the duct and into the anal sac then the ointment is instilled. I've had patients that also benefit from a low dose of steroid or pain medication after expressing the gland. That seems to help with the lingering itching or irritation. Anal Sacs Doug, DVM
dturm 10/26/14 09:30pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Light Switch

My 08 Southwind has 4 switches (on the left side though), one is to the step, one the outside light above the door, one to the luggage compartment lights and one to the overhead lights near the driver area.
dturm 10/22/14 08:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: ......

Due to extensive editing this thread no longer makes sense. Time to close
dturm 10/22/14 02:56pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

I've seen many, and have gotten that question many times. Most of ours that "hike" a leg tend to just lift it off the ground an inch or two rather than the full male type hike. Doug
dturm 10/20/14 01:38pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

My Lily is having kidney problems. Several indicators have consistently been reading high, and several different tests have shown excess protein in the urine. I had her blood pressure taken, which was abnormally high, although she is highly stressed at the vet. She is currently on a special food on a supplementary basis. My vet wants to put her on benazepril, but I am reluctant, because a couple of the common side effects are loss of appetite (she is already having appetite issues) and stomach upset (she has a very sensitive digestive system and can only eat certain foods). Have any of you had experience with this drug? This is a good med for hypertension. I suspect much of Lily's appetite problem is due to the increased BUN (very typical in renal problems). If the benazepril can help the kidney function, her appetite could return to a more normal level. You might be able to give her a zofran (ondansetron) to counteract the stomach upset if it happens.
dturm 10/10/14 07:06am RV Pet Stop
RE: Andy - no surgery today - something else! - update pg 2

The elevated ALKP levels are "less meaningful" and levels up to 3000 are pretty common. Levels of 1000 are very common in less severe conditions. The increased ALKP level doesn't always directly correspond to degree of liver problem where the other liver enzymes do.
dturm 10/09/14 06:22pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Stink bugs!!!

Wow, we were there too and don't have any :B
dturm 10/09/14 06:14pm RV Pet Stop
RE: flourescent ceiling lights not working?

All of mine failed (double tube 18"??) over a year ago. The ballast is what fails and I was told the double fixture ballasts are prone to failure and replacements are expensive. I rewired them (bypassing the ballast) with LED strips in a warm white (DW prefers) and all are working with no failures. It was a very easy fix. There was a thread on RV.net somewhere recently Thread on replacing lights.
dturm 10/09/14 02:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Andy - no surgery today - something else! - update pg 2

The bile acids is a good next step. Did they just do a resting or also a post-prandial ( hours after eating level)? I don't usually get too excited about a single elevated liver enzyme test in the absence of symptoms. There are soooo many things that can cause an elevation, and most are pretty mild and clear with no specific treatment (or diagnosis).
dturm 10/09/14 02:31pm RV Pet Stop
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