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RE: RV Scratching Post

Excellent idea. I often recommended a piece of carpet stapled to a 2x4 as a scratching post when clients asked. This is a great multi-task use as DutchmenSport said.
dturm 06/12/18 11:58am RV Pet Stop
RE: Moving dogs to new house

I agree with leaving them at the old house until the move is completed. We did a move a few years ago and it took us two weeks between painting the new house and making multiple trips with the stuff we could move (Only going about 10 miles away). We did take the dogs over a couple of time to "see" the new place before the final move. A little off topic, but whenever we arrive at a new campsite in our RV and put the slides out, Kaiya walks to the back and looks around just to make sure everything is there as it should be and her home is back to normal. Kaylee just wants to go outside and see what's there.
dturm 06/08/18 08:32am RV Pet Stop
RE: Another FAKE service dog gives birth in airport

...So instead of railing against “fake service dogs” let’s really define the problem: obedience training not required for emotional support dogs. That is accurate, and probably a reason that emotional support animals are not included in the ADA even though they can provide a valuable service. Perhaps they should be included provided the animal is trained in obedience. I'm curious, how many (what percentage) flunk out of real service dog training? The only experience I've had with them is providing vet services when needed.
dturm 06/07/18 08:02am RV Pet Stop
RE: Another FAKE service dog gives birth in airport

I got this yesterday from an online newsletter from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) AVMA panel exploring options for cracking down on bogus service animals Service animals receive intensive training to perform specialized tasks for people with impaired abilities, and the Americans with Disabilities Act requires businesses to admit service animals, but the same is not true of comfort or emotional support animals, many of which are simply pets. Some websites have begun peddling bogus certifications and identification vests, and the AVMA is exploring regulatory options, says Dr. Zenithson Ng, a member of the AVMA's Steering Committee on Human-Animal Interaction. (for those of you unaware, the AVMA is THE major association of veterinarians in the US)
dturm 06/06/18 07:45am RV Pet Stop
RE: Another FAKE service dog gives birth in airport

I for one don't want to be responsible for certification of a dog... who in the government would be qualified to determine that even if the laws were more complete and well written. There are real service functions that dogs perform that are not covered by the ADA, and many of those are accomplished just sitting next to the owner. The real problem is that "fake" service dogs are popping up and we tend to lump them all into a category with real service dogs when we don't agree with or understand the function. The main issue I have is that a pregnant animal (regardless of service dog certification) would be allowed to travel on a plane. Most airlines require a health exam/certification to travel. I would not have issued one. Doug, DVM
dturm 05/29/18 07:11pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Not a good trip

That's tough. Sorry for your loss. Doug
dturm 05/19/18 05:47am RV Pet Stop
RE: Miss Inga had a grand mal seizure (UPDATE 5/16/18)

Sorry to hear that. Megan had seizures so infrequently that we never medicated her - she had 5 or 6 in her 15 years of life. Hope this is a one off.
dturm 05/16/18 06:52pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Scaly Ears

I've seen dozens of these type of cases over the years. Sometimes we can't isolate a cause. It is reasonable to rule out thyroid problems (even in individuals that young)and if everything is OK try dietary supplements and/or diet changes. Another cause is a chronic yeast infection in the ear and on the skin. Often with these the feet are also affected and there is usually itching, so I'd put that lower on the list of possible causes. I've found that any oil based salve rubbed on the ear margin helps - it softens the scale and prevents secondary infection. Many use vitamin E ointment. Doug, DVM
dturm 05/15/18 10:48am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Sorry Richard, we've been on the road and just got internet up. I would have recommended checking her color (gums)but if she doing better sounds like it was a mild GI issue. Good news.
dturm 05/07/18 06:09pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Dog leukemia?

IMHA is an immune process where RBCs are destroyed by abnormal production of antibodies against the organisms own RBC. The body can't produce them fast enough to keep up with the destruction. The leukemia/lymphoma is a cancer where there is an overproduction of abnormal cells (usually lymphocytes) and that production "takes over" the bone marrow so there isn't normal production of RBCs. The RBCs aren't being destroyed, just not being produced. They can both present with similar symptoms - anemia, lethargy, inappetence...
dturm 05/06/18 05:30pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

My first rv was a cabover camper. Still had old outdoor clothes line poles in the back yard. Backing up, I put the end of one thru the camper door. It was a big owie. Glad you are having a good time. I think we all have stories. I tried to move a fence post with the bumper on our first class C. Richard, I think a little bondo and it'll look like new :B Dan, the rig looks beautiful.
dturm 05/06/18 05:22pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Dog House Materials

While dogs can have allergies to just about anything in their environment, cedar is not one I've frequently seen. Cedar has some natural insect repellent properties, so it is frequently used as bedding and construction. If this dog hasn't shown allergies to anything else, no worries.
dturm 05/01/18 08:03pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Flea AND tick treatment

Here is the PDF of the Bravecto insert This product came out after I retired, but in discussion with my colleagues they are happy with it. My general philosophy on medications, diet and flea treatment/prevention is that if what you are doing is working with no side effects, change isn't always the best choice. That being said, ease of dosing is a consideration in some individuals - doing something every three months is easier than daily, weekly or monthly.
dturm 05/01/18 02:23pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Dog leukemia?

...I remember when I was about 18, I took my cat to the vet after being hit by a car. He was paralysed in the back legs and up the spine. My sibling (15) had come with me for moral support. The vet gave me the facts and recommended euthanasia. My sibling started screaming at him for "not even trying". There was no chance of recovery for the cat and we had many at home as my mom did rescue work... I had the EXACT same situation many years ago, but it was a dog. It took Sandy (my wife and practice grievance expert) to talk the owner down and to realistically look at the situation.
dturm 05/01/18 02:16pm RV Pet Stop
RE: DD's dog bitten by Rattlesnake

Sorry, I live and practice in a rattlesnake free zone (or at least very low populations) so I have no experience with treating them or really know the latest protocols.
dturm 05/01/18 02:07pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Thoughts/advice on 2008 Fleetwood Providence 39V

I have a '08 Fleetwood Southwind 36D with the full wall slide. I've had no issues with the jacks or the slide with the exception of the hard rubber/plastic rollers on the slide mechanism supports. I've had two crack and they needed replacement - JohnnyT helped me with a pretty easy fix and I now carry several for replacement when needed. I also lube them more frequently than I had been. I would assume the slide mechanism would be the same. Doug
dturm 05/01/18 10:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Very nice Walter. It's a beautiful resting place for Gretchen. I noticed the redbud tree, green grass, budding trees and that gives me hope that spring is not too far off for us. We had dandelions showing up this week and daffodils but no trees budding and the grass is still mostly dormant. It's been a cold April around here.
dturm 05/01/18 06:16am RV Pet Stop
RE: Dog leukemia?

Lymphoma vs Leukemia - both are blood cancers and terms are sometimes interchanged by the public. But they have a little different presentation. Like rock said, lymphoma presents with the enlarged lymph nodes while the different forms of leukemia often do not. Lymphoma is usually very responsive to chemo. And I agree that most dogs do not react to chemo as severely as people. We have such good anti nausea drugs that often that side effect can be successfully treated. One of the hardest things about practicing veterinary medicine is dealing with the different levels of care that people expect and request. Some want an animal euthanized because of a broken toe nail (read sarcasm) while others will not see the suffering and futility of prolonged treatment in a hopeless situation. Couple that with having to suppress your own philosophy or feeling about what should be done versus what could be done. I have been fortunate to have co-workers and a wife that offer a sounding board and our practice had a working environment that fostered that type of exchange. It's sometimes hard to keep things real.
dturm 05/01/18 05:05am RV Pet Stop
RE: Dog leukemia?

That is classic presentation for leukemia. The differential on the elevated WBC tends to lead us to a more definitive diagnosis. Bone marrow aspirate examination is usually recommended to confirm diagnosis. The basic rule outs are overwhelming infection or leukemia and the blood tests normally point us in the correct direction. Going to a specialist is recommended as the access and administration of chemo agents are usually beyond many practices. I've had many patients over the years, most owners elect euthanasia when they get to "that point." But, I've had several get into remission with chemo and have a year plus of quality time.
dturm 04/30/18 01:03pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Flea AND tick treatment

Because of the cat's particular sensitivity to most parasiticides, products are different than the dog products and many are not labeled for tick prevention. As far as efficacy, it's mostly a regional phenomenon - certain products work better in one area than another. We still have good luck with Advantage. Bravecto is labeled for both fleas and ticks and does seem to work well. Doug, DVM
dturm 04/30/18 06:52am RV Pet Stop
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