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RE: Senior Dog Food?

Pawz & Doc, that's always been my line of thinking but I've read that too much protein isn't good for older dogs... When kidney function becomes compromised, that's absolutely true. But you have to consider the whole body and all the systems as a whole. With skin issues, unless there is evidence of renal issues I don't see any reason to change. Even then, it's a balancing act: pros vs cons.
dturm 10/17/17 06:39am RV Pet Stop
RE: Oravet Chews

There is NO reason not to have a food with corn, wheat or soy unless your dog is allergic or has a sensitivity. Any protein is a "potential allergen" and corn, wheat and soy allergies are relatively rare in dogs. The avoidance is marketing hype. As far as the chews, they do work, they are expensive. Whether or not they are worth the expense depends on the degree of dental disease and frequency of problems.
dturm 10/17/17 05:40am RV Pet Stop
RE: Senior Dog Food?

I wouldn't change if they're doing well on it. IMO specialty foods--other than perhaps large breed puppy foods--are just marketing gimmicks. To control their weight you can slightly reduce the amount you're feeding to account for their slowing metabolism. Add in some (unsalted) canned or frozen green beans or other low calorie veggie if they need the bulk to feel satisfied. :B Ditto Especially with skin issues, I wouldn't change if you've found something that works.
dturm 10/17/17 05:36am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

So sorry. Mama is there to greet Hobo.
dturm 10/10/17 06:17pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Pet wash soap.

For an extremely dirty animal, dawn is great. For regular use, not so much. When we get a very dirty animal in for surgery and we need to get them clean beforehand, we often use dawn followed by surgical scrub. For a skin issue any medicated shampoo (probably oatmeal or salicylic acid) shampoo preferably animal should be OK.
dturm 09/28/17 03:14pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Need some advice. Izzie has a large cyst on his back. Yesterday Sue and I took a syringe and opened it. We got a lot of liquid out that was watery and tainted with blood. When we finished it was flat and looked as if it would heal. Today it is back to being a large cyst with liquid in it. I can drain it again, but what to do to stop from filling back up. Should I make a hole large enough that it won't close back up? Most of these cysts are not malignant, therefore they are more a problem for you than Izzie. Opening them (even with a small hole with a syringe) raises the chance of infection - never a good thing. The fluid filled ones are a little different from the sebaceous cysts that have a more "cheesy" type of filling, but both are pretty common and treated similarly. If this is a problem for Izzie or it is growing rapidly or repeatedly drains, surgical removal is the treatment of choice.
dturm 09/24/17 10:48am RV Pet Stop
RE: hoping for the best preparing for the worst

There are lots of things with this set of symptoms that are treatable. Some not so much. It's best to know what is going on, we all tend to go to the most severe potential when that isn't always the case. I hope your vet can give you reassuring advice. Doug, DVM
dturm 09/21/17 01:58pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Dog first aid kit?

In small animal practice, we deal with patients from less than 1# up to near 200#, so most medication is dosed according to weight. For those of you who want to use aspirin, I'd recommend you talk to your vet to make sure that is appropriate and to get a recommended dose. As far as brands, I'm not real particular - I use bufferin personally.
dturm 09/19/17 03:08pm RV Pet Stop
RE: News Article about Good Working Dogs in Wildfire

WOW!!
dturm 09/19/17 09:35am RV Pet Stop
RE: Dog first aid kit?

Hopefully Dr. Doug will correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought "baby" (low dose) aspirin wasn't particularly useful for dogs as it's almost always enteric coated and the coating doesn't dissolve at the appropriate point (or at all) in a dog's digestive tract for it to be absorbed well? My vet has always said that buffered aspirin is best for dogs. Of course that makes it tough for small dogs, as buffered aspirin is typically 325 mg. (and even that is getting harder to find). While aspirin will work in dogs (don't use in cats without specific instructions from your vet), it is not my preferred method of control for pain/inflammation. There are nsaids that work better and are safer, and I prefer that my patients/clients keep a small supply of another nsaid on hand for those times something is needed. Regarding aspirin, buffered is preferred. Most people tremendously under dose aspirin in dogs to the point where it probably doesn't work as needed. If you are giving a low dose aspirin to anything larger than a 10# dog, you are under dosing. Doug, DVM
dturm 09/19/17 04:45am RV Pet Stop
RE: Dog first aid kit?

There are a number of kits or lists of kit contents available online. This is one from the Humane Society. I'd also include a lidocaine spray or salve. If your dog is prone to diarrhea or vomiting request a script(s) from your vet as a treatment. I've done this frequently for clients that RV. There is nothing worse than a dog with diarrhea in an RV -- The main items I'd strongly recommend are bandaging materials. Doug, DVM
dturm 09/18/17 10:13am RV Pet Stop
RE: Urinalysis Questions-Jesse's Results

To evaluate adequately, I'd need full UA results including SpGr. The albumin was in a blood test?? What kind of blood cells, WBC or RBC and how was the sample collected, voided, cysto or cath? What was the new kidney test?
dturm 09/15/17 05:16pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Doggie Dentistry-Fillings, Crowns, etc.

We've been on the road today, so sorry for the delay in answering. I've referred patients for root canals and crowns. It is pretty unusual that an owner can justify the cost. The one case that I remember was a police dog who needed his canine teeth to do his work. He was impressive with a gold crown. As far as repairs being successful, you can't really totally prevent a dog from chewing. The forces are incredible and the potential for ruining an expensive repair is ever present. As far as expense, I'd invite anyone to observe extraction of a "healthy" cracked or broken canine or 4th premolar in a dog. I've had many dentists remark on the comparative difficulty in canine extractions vs human extraction. I recently had a molar removed, it was cracked and the dental surgeon had to remove pieces. Even with that, it was a breeze compared to some I've done. Doug, DVM
dturm 09/15/17 05:07pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends in FL. The weeks after storms can be a challenge for so many people, but it looks like the goodness and sense of community of people comes out in situations like these. Stay safe and let us know how you come out as soon as you can after Irma passes. If we can do anything let us know.
dturm 09/10/17 05:33am RV Pet Stop
RE: Lost my travel companion

So sorry about the loss and the circumstances. You have enough going on with the stress involved with Harvey's aftermath and now the grief. We wish you healing and peace.
dturm 09/05/17 12:56pm RV Pet Stop
RE: I-80 rest areas....any fenced in areas

I'm not aware of any in Indiana, the last time we travelled it (July from South Bend west) some were closed and being rebuilt. The rest areas in Ohio are nice, but I don't remember any fenced in areas.
dturm 09/01/17 03:13pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Pets still not accepted at evacuation shelters?

I have a dog, and basically always have. And I would appreciate being able to take him with me. But what about folks like myself who are allergic to cats, or another animal? I could not stay in an area with much cat dander or I would become ill. Are you proposing to push people out, to make room for pets? X2 I've thought for a few days on a response-- First, I'm familiar with serious sensitivities and allergies, Sandy has multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies that have required ER visits (crab that was in a salad), hives with antibiotics and inhalers when exposed to people bathed in fragrance. We often go to movies at the earliest matinee after the movie has been out for weeks and still have had to move seats due to the overwhelming cloud of perfume. It is unreasonable to expect a shelter in an emergency situation to prevent every exposure of every person to every potential allergen. If you are that sensitive, YOU need to take precautions - have medications and/or an epi-pen in your go-bag if you are that critical. No one is saying that people should be turned out in favor of pets, that is a terrible hyperbolic argument and not worthy of this discussion. If the answer is to let the cats or dogs die because of some people having allergy, sorry TOTALLY DISAGREE. Doug, DVM
dturm 09/01/17 01:23pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

There is going to be a tremendous need for rescues in Texas, I suggest we apportion a bit there as well.
dturm 08/30/17 09:55am RV Pet Stop
RE: How Come Some People Can Be So Cruel

I know with Katrina many of those decisions were made because shelters refused to take animals. Most FEMA state and local agencies have changed to allow certain shelters to allow pets. No excuses, IMO Doug
dturm 08/27/17 02:28pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

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dturm 08/24/17 10:02am RV Pet Stop
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