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RE: dogs on Fla Beaches

Perdido Key is just west of Pensacola, very near the Alabama/Florida state line. We spent a month in Gulf Shores and found there are very few beaches in the area that allow dogs. Gulf State Park does have a fenced in dog "beach"/park that is right off 182. Gulf State Park is a great campground and use of this dog park is part of the campground fee.
dturm 02/21/17 08:50am RV Pet Stop
RE: Dr Doug - ever seen a case of Valley Fever?

I'm not going to be able to help on this one. I've never seen a case as this is endemic to an area well away from the Midwest. We do have our share of fungal infections, histo, blasto though. Very often there is secondary bacterial infection, that may be why the Baytril helped. Sometimes the WBC hasn't had a chance to catch up with the infection, I've seen roaring pneumonia with little lab work to support it. Just keep talking to your vet, I would have recommended another X-Ray in a couple of weeks (or earlier if no improvement) to rule out cancer.
dturm 02/21/17 08:41am RV Pet Stop
RE: New APHIS-USDA Policy

The Department of Agriculture has started to repost some animal welfare data previously deleted from its website, after two weeks of public outcry over the removal. On Friday, USDA APHIS restored some records to the site. Specifically, they posted what they referred to as the "first batch" of annual reports and inspection records from USDA-registered research facilities. Their statement also said they would "continue to review records and determine which information is appropriate for reposting."
dturm 02/17/17 05:52pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Has anyone heard from Nabi?

Did a member search and didn't find her. I lost my facebook information, so I couldn't search there.
dturm 02/17/17 09:18am RV Pet Stop
RE: surgery recovery

Most breeds of dogs don't have hair that grows continuously (exception poodles, etc.). Regrowth tends to be patchy and can take a long time. Also, surgery and healing puts a big strain on body systems, hair growth tends to be a less important body function. I think the mental stimulation with the kong type toys should be enough to keep occupied, at least for the first few weeks. Dogs are usually pretty intuitive about taking care of themselves after a major procedure.
dturm 02/16/17 06:49am RV Pet Stop
RE: Weight loss - Dr. Doug Update

That's actually the best news possible. No need for stress or worry!!! Looks like Beau is gonna get a few more treats :B
dturm 02/14/17 07:30am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Dr. Doug what can you give a cat for joint pain? I start with glucosamine/chondroitin (like joint strong in cat size). With progressive symptoms there are some pain and anti-inflammatories meds made for cats, BUT you have to be very careful as cats don't do well with most (including aspirin/Tylenol/ibuprophen etc.)
dturm 02/13/17 07:26am RV Pet Stop
RE: How conveient is this

OK, time to close.
dturm 02/12/17 03:16pm RV Pet Stop
RE: How conveient is this

It's a bit of insider trading. If a typical member cannot post and lock his own thread than maybe the same policy should apply to moderators? The suggestion to contact your representative takes the locked thread down a political path. What if I agree with the new policy! Which I don't just playing devil's advocate.... Allowing moderators to moderate their own post(for whatever reason is questionable policy) I have no dog,cat or other research animal in this fight just throwing in my 2 cents. Two points: There is another moderator on this board, if inappropriate Admin will override me and delete or close threads/posts as necessary. The reason to contact representative is NOT political. It is the only way we have in a democracy (other than filing suit in court) to affect change in policy.
dturm 02/12/17 07:06am RV Pet Stop
RE: How conveient is this

This thread kind of proves my reasoning to not leave the thread open for comment. Having spent over 40 years of my life devoted to animal welfare, I thought it important to share information of a situation that will serve to set back the cause of animal welfare. It has absolutely nothing to do with politics and any attempt to make it so is just an effort to obscure the facts. Most who frequent this board are very interested in or active in animal welfare, whether it be having a rescue pet or fostering animals or active participation in rescue organizations or just loving their own pets. I'm going to leave this open for now, it seems that some have a overwhelming urge to comment, so if it stays on topic and civil we'll leave it. Doug
dturm 02/12/17 06:17am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

We ordered a 2018 Miramar 35.3 this morning!!! I am excited but at the same time I am a little freaked out about spending that much money. It's not that we can't afford it but this is the most money I have spent since I built our house back in 1996. We have researched and looked at class A motorhomes for the last 3 years. We were close a couple of times but I walked away. This motorhome costs more than what we had been looking at but many people told me "Buy your last motor home first". After renting several different travel trailers and Class C motorhomes we purchased our current travel trailer in July of 2011. We have enjoyed it and used it a bunch and now we will be stepping into a really nice motorhome. I just turned 46 so hopefully this motorhome will take me into retirement. I just hope the dogs will like it! :) It will be be 12-15 weeks before we get the motorhome. I need to get the Jeep rigged to be a towed vehicle now. Burch Congrats!!! We got ours when gas was about $4.50/gal and the economy was tanking. We knew we had to work for more years than we had planned because of the economy and selling the business at that time wasn't an option. So-o-o we took the plunge and haven't looked back. Best decision we've ever made. It is our retirement motorhome and has been relatively problem free.
dturm 02/11/17 05:20pm RV Pet Stop
RE: New APHIS-USDA Policy

Story
dturm 02/11/17 03:18pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

We're doing well, enjoying the relative warmth of the south... mid 70s daytime and 50s at night. The dogs are doing well, also but they may miss some of the snow to romp around in. We're making up for that with plenty of ball retrieving - kind of hard to do that in the snow :)
dturm 02/11/17 11:21am RV Pet Stop
RE: Hip Dysplasia

I have not had to deal with a 170 pound patient with hip dysplasia. I can't imagine the way a sling would work with that big a patient, the torque and angles a person would have to use to assist a dog up a ramp would be pretty difficult. I think your best plan would be to offer an assist with a ramp, our 75# goldens adapted to a hand between the back legs as an assist going up a ramp or steps. Going down wasn't usually a problem, but the towel or sling works to control the descent.
dturm 02/11/17 09:41am RV Pet Stop
RE: Evanger's pet food recall (pentobarbital)

I did a little investigating on pentobarbital The ld50 for dogs is 80mg/kg The recommended euthanasia dose for cows is 85mg/kg If a cow was euthanasia with pentobarbital and the drug was evenly distributed throughout the cows body (which is what my reading suggests occurs) the beef would be contaminated at 85mg/kg. In order for a dog to get a leathal dose of pentobarbital from contaminated beef it would need to eat consume its body weight in the contaminated beef. It just does not add up that the contamination in the canned food came from a euthanasized cow being used for the beef chunks. Thanks for doing the investigation, I was thinking the same thing. I'm not sure the pentobarb would be evenly distributed though. It works to stop the heart and respiration and I would think that blood levels in the heart (first off the major vessels) and brain would be greatest and muscle much less due to the circulatory failure. If true, that would make the tissue levels much lower and they would have to eat even more to reach LD50.
dturm 02/09/17 06:59am RV Pet Stop
RE: Dr. Doug. Question

I'm sure there are valid studies showing complete diets lead to longer, healthier lives, and I can tell you from my personal professional experience that is what I've seen. The next question is "What is a quality food?" My point is don't believe the advertising hype saying that one food is obviously better because is has XXX ingredient or doesn't have YYY ingredient. Also, don't rely on your google search or website advisors as the final authority. The websites often have an axe to grind, preconceived perceptions or opinions or gain advertising $$ from something they promote. If you want really good information, talk to a veterinary nutritionist, your veterinarian, your friends who have had good experiences with ... food. I seldom recommend one food or one brand. I've found the best quality food is the one your dog/cat will eat, have normal BMs, and are healthy when eating it. That isn't the same food for every animal.
dturm 02/08/17 11:22am RV Pet Stop
RE: Dr. Doug. Question

Unless your dog has a specific sensitivity or allergy to a specific grain, grain-free is just advertising hype. Can your dog do well on a grain-free diet - sure. Can your dog do well on dog chow - sure. I'm not a fan of Blue Buffalo - any of their foods. Not because they are necessarily bad foods, because their advertising is misleading or just false in many cases. They keep trying to tell the public that byproducts and some other ingredients are "poor" while actually they can provide essential nutrients that are not available in muscle meat. It is true that byproducts could contain useless ingredients (beaks, feathers, hooves, hair), but better grades of food use mon-human grade ingredients that do provide important essential nutrition. That does NOT make Blue Buffalo a better food. You can push too much protein in growing puppies, especially large/giant breeds. I do believe that most brands formulated for large/giant breed puppies provide the appropriate nutrition when fed appropriately. I have no problem with Purina Pro Plan large breed puppy food. Sometimes breeders get an idea from their experiences or from limited exchange with other breeders. The ideas or opinions are not necessarily wrong or bad, but are often based on a limited set of facts. To make good judgements it's best to evaluate all the evidence available, rank it according to reliability, then make your decision. Evidence based problem solving.
dturm 02/08/17 09:16am RV Pet Stop
New APHIS-USDA Policy

On February 3, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) removed thousands of documents pertaining to its enforcement of animal welfare laws from its website. No longer available to the general public, the deleted information includes several years worth of annual inspection reports and agency correspondence that document the mistreatment, abuse and/or death of animals at research facilities, zoos, puppy mills, equestrian exhibitions and other locations. This new policy is being challenged in court, but your input to your representatives would be helpful in reversing this policy. Simply put information that used to be easily looked up on a website about cases of animal abuse (puppy mills, businesses, zoos, research facilities) are only available after a "freedom of information" request. I'm going to post this, then close it because this WILL devolve into a political argument. Being that we all value our pets and most are involved in rescue and animal welfare, WE NEED TO BE INFORMED, Doug, DVM - an accredited USDA-APHIS veterinarian
dturm 02/07/17 07:33pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Weight loss - Dr. Doug Update

Weight loss without a reason is a reason for a checkup. The first things to be done are complete physical and blood panel. If all is normal it will at least ease your mind. Doug, DVM
dturm 02/07/17 12:50pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Got word last night my sister-in-law Sandra in Michigan slipped on some ice and broke her ankle, fractured a bone in her leg and tore up her knee that will have to have surgery. Last night she was able to laugh about it and said she would be up and around in short order. That's too bad. This is the major reason we're spending the winters in warmer climes. Falls at our age are serious and happen more often. I hope her spirit makes her heal rapidly.
dturm 02/05/17 07:31am RV Pet Stop
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