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RE: Cat hair in the RV?

Our Henry is an older longer hair cat with hyperthyroid disease and is very prone to losing hair :B. It's not a huge problem, but we vacuum daily. He's mostly great when we move, and always great when we're stationary. I've had cat patients that just wouldn't adapt to vehicles even with sedation, anti-nausea medication, and OTC medications/pheromone efforts. I'm convinced there are a few individuals that wouldn't adapt, but they are the exception rather than the rule. Doug, DVM
dturm 01/30/15 10:17am RV Pet Stop
RE: SuperBowl Ad w/Dog a REAL loser

OK, nothing new and a bunch of posts off topic. Time to close.
dturm 01/28/15 10:40am RV Pet Stop
RE: Hip dysplasia in labs need advice from the experienced

All were large breed (couple German Shep, Dalmatian, Lab) all were less than 8 and all had good outcomes.
dturm 01/28/15 05:30am RV Pet Stop
RE: Hip dysplasia in labs need advice from the experienced

I've only had a hand full of patients that have gone the total hip route. Each was a young dog that was too old for the TPO and had a life time of disability ahead. In the hands of a qualified surgeon (probably specialty hospital or university) the success rate is very good and results are too. That being said, most of my clients/patients have opted for medical management with a FHO as a last resort/salvage procedure. Most have been satisfied with that approach. While FHO surgery is indicated for dogs <50#, I've done it successfully on dogs much bigger when that was the only recourse due to money issues. Doug, DVM
dturm 01/27/15 03:48pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Hip dysplasia in labs need advice from the experienced

What surgery? Femoral head ostectomy (FHO usually done in dogs <50#), total hip replacement (THR), triple pelvic osteotomy (TPO usually done in young dogs) or pectineus myotomy (not commonly done any more)?
dturm 01/27/15 10:43am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

When it rains, it pours (or in winter when it snows, it's a blizzard). Gary, you certainly have a lot going on. Our best to all of your troop.
dturm 01/27/15 09:37am RV Pet Stop
RE: Hip dysplasia in labs need advice from the experienced

I've found that medical options are most effective for osteoarthritis. What surgical options are you talking about? There are many procedure and they have different indications and results. I'd get a diagnosis first, X-Rays are probably indicated then discuss this with your vet. As many have said, glucosamine/chondroitin supplements (there are many that are effective) and nSAIDS are the place to start and in a huge majority of cases will keep a dog relatively pain free for years. Life style changes can be helpful (like doxiemom11 recommended), maintaining muscle tone and optimum weight. PM me if you have any specific questions. Doug, DVM
dturm 01/27/15 06:09am RV Pet Stop
RE: Happy Birthday, Gretchen!

Thumbs up. Did she get a chicken dinner???
dturm 01/26/15 09:33am RV Pet Stop
RE: Joint and Fish Oil Supplements

Dosage ranges are really wide and there is little chance of overdosage on either. Glucosamine 15-30 mg/kg Dogs >50# 3 capsules per day split 2 am or pm 1 at the other time (Cosequin DS) Essential Fatty Acids (fish oil - EPA,DHA) again a really wide range 22-40 mg/kg/day. Again it's hard to overdose - you will get GI signs with higher doses. One note, if you use human product, DON'T use one that has Flax or Flax seed oil as the source as dogs and cats are not able to metabolize that form - you'd be wasting your money. Stick with the marine source - real fish oil.
dturm 01/24/15 01:10pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Really angry. . .

And with that it's time to close this.
dturm 01/24/15 09:29am RV Pet Stop
RE: Really angry. . .

The above posts reflect the problems with this issue. There is little doubt that our laws consider animals property, but there is some conflict in our laws because people have gone to jail (Michael Vick) for abusing animals. What is considered abuse is not well defined and is a HUGE variable. But if animals were JUST property, people would have the right to do whatever they wanted with that property as long as it didn't interfere with another person's rights. It seems that business ethics is an oxymoron. To some making a profit justifies almost any business practice as long as there is a profit. Why did we get upset that dog food manufacturers used ingredients from China, after all they were able to maximize their profit. So what that several thousand dogs got sick and others died, they are just dogs (property). (READ SARCASM) I repeat: I'm not saying than animals should never be "used" for work, food, breeding, research or any other adjunct to help humans, but that use should justifiable and be as humane as possible and should consider the animal. Doug
dturm 01/24/15 08:55am RV Pet Stop
RE: Joint and Fish Oil Supplements

Fish oils - I usually recommend any human OTC product that has the appropriate mg dose. Glucosamine - there are so many including human OTC brands that will work. Generally I like Nutramax brand - Cosaquin (Cosamin human brand), Dasuquin, etc.; the Synovi brand (G3, G4 etc.), and glycoflex and joint strong. Others can and do work but I've seen a little more consistent results with these. We use Dasuquin w/ MSM with Jill, and Cosequin for cats with Henry (when he'll take it :)) Doug
dturm 01/24/15 08:14am RV Pet Stop
RE: Really angry. . .

I understand (don't agree with) the business model assessment. Our legal system is pretty much set up to agree as animals are considered property. This doesn't make it right. When you have living, thinking, reasoning, feeling intelligent beings, failing to consider that as part of the business model is just wrong and lacks fundamental characteristics that make us human. I'm not saying than animal should never be "used" for work, food, breeding, research or any other adjunct to help humans, but that use should justifiable and be as humane as possible and should consider the animal. Doug
dturm 01/23/15 11:20am RV Pet Stop
RE: Goodbye Rocky!

So sorry about your loss. Sounds like you had a great camping companion as well as all the other times. I know he will be missed.
dturm 01/22/15 12:00pm RV Pet Stop
RE: We call him Sam

Sounds like it's a match!!
dturm 01/21/15 02:26pm RV Pet Stop
RE: In Dog We Trust on Goverment Seal!

Let's stay on topic.
dturm 01/21/15 07:39am RV Pet Stop
RE: Altitude sickness

Yes it can. The only cases I've heard of (I live and practiced in flatlands :)) have been animals that have cardio-pulmonary issues. Doug, DVM
dturm 01/20/15 08:02am RV Pet Stop
RE: Motion sickness strikes cat

Often times these medication can be formulated into flavored liquids that aid in administration (think tuna flavor :B) Our Henry is the same way with the initial movement, but settles after the first day of travel. I don't try to pill him, I just use the injection form of Cerenia. This is the best medication I've found, but it only comes in pill or injection and I'm not sure your vet would provide injections for you. I carry a bottle for us :B There are a bunch of OTC medication that might be helpful. Rescue remedy for relaxation, lavender oil as aroma/scent therapy (not given orally), ginger is a natural product many people use and I've heard of people using it with their animals. Doug, DVM
dturm 01/19/15 07:43pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Additional Vacinations for western states

Your VET should be passing info on to you not the other way around Yes, but there are regional variations and diseases that just aren't where you are at home, so this is a good question. As far as vaccinations, core vaccinations should be up to date (rabies, parvo, distemper, hepatitis). Lepto is becoming more of a problem in some regions, so that is a possible addition. Going through campgrounds, rest areas it might be a good idea to add Bordetella (kennel cough)and should be considered. Lyme isn't real big threat until you get to the upper midwest. (We live and travel in this area and do not do lyme vaccination on ours, but are meticulous about fleas/tick control). Heartworm prevention, flea and tick control is a must. Doug, DVM
dturm 01/19/15 07:34pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

So sorry about Lily. Shoulder is a tough location and the arthritis certainly has to be considered. I hope you have some quality time left with her. Doug
dturm 01/18/15 12:59pm RV Pet Stop
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