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RE: sneezing cat, question for Dr Doug

Do they get hay fever like people? My cat sneezed severa time one day during a particularly heavy day of tree pollin. It's not real common, but asthma is the most common respiratory type problem. Most allergy issues present as skin problems/itching or GI problems.
dturm 06/20/17 07:07pm RV Pet Stop
RE: sneezing cat, question for Dr Doug

The FeLV vaccination is available and used, but we base recommendation on life style and susceptibility, not that should be given to every individual. I think your best source for advice would be your local vet. A non-fighter, non territorial living in an area with very few FeLV positive cats in the population wouldn't be at great risk.
dturm 06/20/17 02:30pm RV Pet Stop
RE: sneezing cat, question for Dr Doug

My guess would be a viral infection. I can't imagine a sneezing problem that would be an issue with you or your dog, but possible with your cat. Most of the viral upper resp have a limited course and if there is no underlying disease shouldn't be a long term problem Was this cat tested for FeLV and FIV (leukemia and feline immunovirus)by the rescue? Doug, DVM
dturm 06/20/17 11:37am RV Pet Stop
RE: Ketoconazole Safety-Dr. Doug and Others

I've used ketoconazole fairly regularly while in practice and with careful monitoring I haven't encountered many issues. It certainly can help with the chronic skin that has secondary yeast/fungal component. Doug, DVM
dturm 06/18/17 03:06pm RV Pet Stop
RE: CBD to relieve dog's pain ?

Galliprant Just a minor disclaimer, since I've retired I don't have any personal experience with this drug. Our hospital is prescribing it and one of the Drs is using it on her own animal. So far good results and no ill effects.
dturm 06/18/17 03:02pm RV Pet Stop
RE: CBD to relieve dog's pain ?

There have not been many studies to confirm dose, side effects and efficacy. But this is what I found. ... we have CBD from hemp which is legal to discuss. Product quality can vary. Dose is 0.1-0.2mg/kg bid. If no effect within 14 days, then raise dose in two week Increments to 0.5mg/kg BID. I like Rx Vitamins product, HempRx. As in all of medicine we can use more studies. Pretty safe stuff. Try it and see if patient response is noted. Also, there is a new nsaid available for dogs, I don't recall the name but I'll find out. It is as or more effective than carprofen, higher margin of safety, no liver or kidney effects and no monitoring necessary. Doug, DVM
dturm 06/17/17 04:33pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Traveling with a cat

I think there are more and more people travelling with cats, you often don't see them outside, just lounging on the dash of motorhomes. I suspect there are as many in trailers or 5ers. A six hour trip shouldn't be an issue. When you stop, either take the cat in carrier to the trailer and use the litter box or if there is enough room in the truck, provide the litter box access there during stops. We didn't take our cat for years and regret that we didn't start earlier as he adjusted so well and really loved the trips we did take. Doug
dturm 06/04/17 11:52am RV Pet Stop
RE: Dog flu in Florida

The newer flu vaccine for dogs protects both H3N8 and H3N2 strains. The current outbreak in FL is the H3N2 strain. I'd recommend vaccinating your dog (making sure the one used has the H3N2 component) and avoiding places where there are lots of dogs, pet stores, dog parks, dog shows, etc. Most dogs recover from the illness within a few weeks, but about 20 percent develop pneumonia, which can be serious and require veterinary care, according to the University of Florida. If you think your dog has dog flu, call your veterinarian to discuss whether your dog needs to have a diagnostic test for the virus. Doug, DVM
dturm 06/02/17 07:41am RV Pet Stop
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dturm 05/29/17 06:30am Around the Campfire
RE: Is the vet profession, changing for the worse

I was fortunate on education, my parents footed the bill for 4 years of undergraduate school, and I paid the 4 years of vet school with savings (3 years between undergrad and vet school) and a loan for the last year. At that time the government had a health professions loan program, no interest for the first year then a VERY reasonable rate thereafter. I had it paid in five years. If you do the financial analysis, I had 8 years of no income while in school. Add that lost income to the cost of the schooling, then the difference in income I would have gotten vs what I got as a vet. The comparison only makes it reasonable because I really liked what I did (most days), made a good living and had control over my future. I suspect most of you see the $$$ paid at the vets office and see a huge income. You may not be aware of the HUGE overhead involved in operating a hospital. I'm not complaining, just offering another perspective. Regarding the cost of education, I wish we had programs where the costs were covered in exchange for service after graduation, kind of like the GI bills where some schooling is covered after service in the military.
dturm 05/26/17 03:26pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Is the vet profession, changing for the worse

Mike summed it up pretty well. I think the issue of corporate ownership has advanced during the last several years. The costs to set up and operate a practice are staggering but even worse is the student debt. I wish I had an answer, but I don't see an easy solution. The only observation I can offer is that almost every vet I know or have met through the years, got into the profession because of the love of animals. That hasn't changed and there are still good vets and situations out there. Doug
dturm 05/26/17 05:08am RV Pet Stop
RE: Miss Inga had a grand mal seizure last night

Sorry about Inga's issue, sure sounds like a seizure. Hope they find nothing at the vet. Megan used to have an occasional seizure, no pattern and really not frequent enough to treat. She probably had five during her 15 year life. Hopefully, this is a one time thing.
dturm 05/26/17 05:00am RV Pet Stop
RE: RVing w/ Pit Bulls

Short answer: you will have some restrictions regarding campgrounds that will accept that breed. The fog of real facts concerning this breed is so obscured due to stories, hype and misinformation. Studies have shown that bites by breed (accounting for breed prevalence)puts many breeds at a greater propensity for biting than pits. Identification of breed is incorrect in many cases, pits getting way more incorrect identification than others. When pits do bite, they can an do cause major damage. A certain amount of behavior IS genetic, but by no means is that tendency hard wired into every member of that breed. As one who has worked with dogs for over 35 years, I'd choose working on a pit rather than a chi (not a condemnation of that breed :)) just from my experiences. Doug, DVM
dturm 05/25/17 05:29am RV Pet Stop
RE: Pork absent from dog food.

If meat for dog food was sourced from usda inspected processor it is fit for human consumption. Most of the pork produced in the US is done in the Midwest: Here are the top 10 states 'bringing home the bacon', according to the latest U.S. Census data. 1.Iowa - $4.2 billion 2.Illinois - $1.54 billion 3.Minnesota - $1.47 billion 4.North Carolina - $1.46 billion 5.Indiana - $1.04 billion 6.Oklahoma - $952.7 million 7.Missouri - $791 million 8.Nebraska - $657.5 million 9.Wisconsin - $605.2 million 10.Ohio - $542.7 million In this area, we get a lot of information about diseases and production methods since this is a major animal business related to veterinary medicine. Properly processed and raised like much of the porcine population is, the supply is as safe as any food in our chain of supply. From experiences I've personally had, it is more difficult to get into confinement pig farms than many isolation wards in hospitals. I think Pawz is correct But I think the idea that dogs and cats shouldn't be fed pork is like a lot of things--a little bit of solid reason (that can usually easily be overcome) mixed with a lot of unsubstantiated myth. Doug, DVM
dturm 05/23/17 10:29am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

. I am having second thoughts about our trip to Michigan, maybe its time to hang up the long hauls and admit my age is getting the better of me. One thing we realized when we were out west last fall and needed to get back home in a hurry, long trips are rough when you try and push it. So you need to take your time and not be in a hurry. From now on we will always break trips up. Decide how many miles you want to go a day and how many days in a row you want to go. If we have to stay in a spot for a few days to renergize so be it. That is what retirement is all about no need to be in a hurry. Go visit the places you want to go and enjoy. Don't be in a hurry. You have all the comforts of home with you when you travel. Happy trails :) Same with us. We usually try to go about 4 hours driving time plus stops each day. We try to plan two consecutive travel days followed by a layover day. This is workable for us, the trip becomes part of the experience rather than a necessary evil to get to where we are going.
dturm 05/15/17 06:28am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Bad weather all around us. We are safe so far but things look scary That brings back memories of last January :(
dturm 05/12/17 05:49pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Dogs

Good information so far. I've not found many side effects from metronidazole given long term. There are some specific medication for IBS, some that were used years ago and not so much in favor now (sulfasalazine). I had a golden several years ago with IBS on sulfasalazine and she did well for years on it. The surgery suggestion was probably to get an intestinal biopsy, the only way to get a definitive diagnosis. This was not an improper suggestion, but I agree that treating symptomatically with the presumptive diagnosis is reasonable. I too would recommend not to do too much switching of foods. Without a vomiting component to the symptoms, stick with the limited ingredient foods without frequent changes unless symptoms recur. Probiotics would be the only thing I would add to the mix. There are dog specific products, but human variety or an active culture yogurt would be reasonable. Doug BTW, just for information sake: IBS in cats is a different ball game than in dogs. In cats it almost always is a precursor to intestinal cancer (intestinal lymphoma), so finding a definitive diagnosis is important.
dturm 05/08/17 06:18am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Charles and Charlotte, Sandy and I send prayers for strength and peace for you and your family.
dturm 05/06/17 06:15am RV Pet Stop
RE: Thinking of another Collie, Cooper saga

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
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