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RE: Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Thank you Doug, Maybe I can talk our Vet into doing the same for Bliss. They did not want to remove it because they were afraid of cutting into the veins around the tumor. It has spread and she is now having inconstancy problems while sleeping. One of the specialists found her calcium high and gave her a infusion that helped slow the constant water drinking, but that is wearing off now. Tyler's calcium was always normal. Unfortunately, those tumors with abnormal calcium (elevations) seem to be more aggressive in my experience. Trust your vet, if they think surgery isn't a reasonable option, they are considering potential down side as well as up side. It's never an easy situation/decision. You might ask about using peroxicam. This is an nsaid that has been found to have some effect on tumors as well as pain/anti-inflammatory properties. It's not really chemo, but can slow some tumor growth.
dturm 08/09/17 04:09pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Our Bliss (GSD) is not showing signs of DM, but has been diagnosed with an anal gland tumor which is spreading. She just turned 13 in June and we cannot afford the 10K for radiation therapy or the 800 a month for chemo. We are just making her as comfortable as possible until the day comes to say goodbye. Sorry to hear this. Just to perhaps give you some hope, I took an anal sac adenocarcinoma off our son's dog in November, 2015. While the tumor is growing back slowly, spread to the lymph nodes near the spine and causing some difficulty with BMs, Tyler is happy and it's been over 1 1/2 years. They are also in a "make him comfortable" frame and enjoying every day they do have. Doug
dturm 08/09/17 09:08am RV Pet Stop
RE: Pets- unpopular viewpoint

Not humans, dogs. To view all dog behavior as trained or instinctive doesn't match current evidence. 2007 Study Just one quick google search.
dturm 08/08/17 08:40pm RV Pet Stop
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

We've had a few threads mention this disease and they usually create quite a bit of interest and discussion. This article came in my email today: University of Missouri study. To summarize for those who don't want to read the particulars Apparently ALS in people create the same marker in dogs that have DM thus making diagnosis "easier." With this, Mizzou Vet School is looking for candidates to join a study to investigate treatment options. This study is in collaboration with the ALS researchers, hoping to find some commonality that could help people as well as dogs.
dturm 08/08/17 07:27pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Pets- unpopular viewpoint

Anyway, I suppose this kind of left the rails, but I always appreciate a good discussion and different points of view. I even agree that the ADA is not written as well as it could be and has been the subject of abuse, but I know without it we would have a lot more difficulty doing normal things with my child. And this is why the ADA happened in the first place. Thanks for the perspective. Our societal tendency recently has been to trash anything or everything that has a flaw rather than seeing the benefits and trying to fix them. Not trying to be political, just making an observation :)
dturm 08/08/17 02:14pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Pets- unpopular viewpoint

They have no reasoning skills, and that is why we are fully responsible for them. Who, the kids or the dogs? :B Here are your words. They equally apply to parenting children. Yes indeed. Children do have reasoning skills. They can reason that what they do is right or wrong on an emotional level and why it is right or wrong. Animals only know instinctively if they will be rewarded or punished. They do not know the *why* of that reward or punishment. If they knew the *why* then we wouldn't need animals on leashes, laws regarding safety concerning them, or animal and owner training. You've got a really outdated concept of animal abilities regarding reasoning. Granted they are NOT human and don't reason in a human's frame of reference, but the do reason and problem solve. That does not make them human, but their abilities are far beyond what you are asserting.
dturm 08/08/17 12:25pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Pets- unpopular viewpoint

I tend to agree with most of the posts, and I've got to thank most of you for keeping this on topic and relatively civil. BUT, the tendency to swing the other way and maintain that there is not place for a service dog that does anything other that aid a blind person doesn't really address real services that some dogs perform. The problem is that there isn't a good definition of those services and how those dogs are certified. That's why the law needs more specificity and some sort of certification that is more than ordering a vest online. I can't tell you how many injuries I've fixed (on their dogs) due to people not understanding canine behavior and ultimate stupidity. I understand Lowes (and other businesses) pet policy, but I'd never take my dogs into that kind of environment - just asking for trouble. I also don't take my dogs into pet stores - personal pet peeve :B. BTW, we've had several experiences while camping where children have been amazingly educated by their parents/schools. The kids approach slowly, ask permission then get down on our dog's level to pet. There are some good people out there. Doug, DVM
dturm 08/08/17 10:15am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

...If any of you come through this way, drop me a note and we can visit. It's the busiest summer they have had here in several years, but looks like they have room for many more. Dale We missed you by a couple weeks. They were packed when we were there. I've found this a nice campground, centrally located for the area with plenty of shopping close.
dturm 08/02/17 08:22am RV Pet Stop
RE: Rabies in North Georgia

What if a vaccinated pet comes in contact with wildlife. Our friends dog killed a skunk about a month ago, and I don't know if they had it tested for rabies. The dog was fine and did not get bitten - just sprayed. As far as I know their dog is up to date on shots. Should we be concerned about visiting them with our dog, who is current on all her shots? Just want to be sure we are all protected. Rita This situation is the reason we vaccinate!!! They should be protected even if the skunk had been rabid and had bitten their dog. The protocols are determined by state and/or local health departments and may vary by location, but in our area these dogs would not be under quarantine but under observation (by owner) for any signs of disease. I wouldn't worry about visiting except for the smell :B
dturm 08/01/17 04:53pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Rabies in North Georgia

Got this news brief yesterday: 4 in N.Y. treated for possible rabies exposure Four people in Lewis County, N.Y., are receiving rabies prophylaxis after coming in contact with one of two infected cats, according to Lewis County Public Health. Northern New York will participate in a field trial beginning Aug. 7 that will distribute oral wildlife rabies vaccines. Rabies in wildlife isn't terribly unusual in the US (bats, skunks, foxes, etc), what is a little alarming is that these recent exposures have resulted from domesticated species contact. I substituted last week :), we had a lab that tangled with a skunk (killed it). He had no visible injuries, but his VX weren't up to date. So the protocol is to send the skunk off for testing and he is quarantined (at home) for six months.
dturm 08/01/17 09:20am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

...Every time I visit Michigan I fall in love with it. Its cool nights and not so hot days with the beautiful scenery. Lake Michigan is such a draw for us as we love the water. John's boat is for the rich and famous, which we are not. It would be hard to visit Lake Michigan in a canoe as that is about all we could afford. We saw a few folks running about in a dingy type boat with a small motor. They were in the protected inland area of the lake where the homes were located along with the many marinas... I totally agree, but come up here from December through March and get the winter effect. It is pretty and was fun when I was younger, but it's a much harder life when one gets to our age. I guess that's why RVing provides the best of both worlds.
dturm 07/27/17 06:55am RV Pet Stop
Rabies in North Georgia

Twelve North Georgia residents are being treated for exposure to rabies after contact with domestic animals that have tested positive for the virus, a North Georgia Health District News release states. Just a reminder that rabies vaccinations are important not only for your pets, but also for our own safety. Doug, DVM
dturm 07/26/17 07:16pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

It really varies individual to individual. Some not at all, others seem to go on to the point that it could cause problems. Recommendations: Exercise!! Special attention, could be play, walks, petting. If appetite is affected or this goes on for more than a week or two with severe symptoms, it's appropriate to give anti-anxiety or anti-depressant meds. I've done this often in practice. Have them talk to their vet. There really is no reason to not help them through the process.
dturm 07/23/17 06:24am RV Pet Stop
RE: Smart Water for Dogs?

Unless heart or kidney disease is present, probably not an issue. If your dog has heart or kidney issue, consult your vet. Since dogs don't sweat and lose electrolytes from sweating, I'm not sure electrolyte levels are regular problems absent some metabolic issue. We often use electrolyte solutions for replenishment after bouts of vomiting or diarrhea.
dturm 07/19/17 02:08pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Suggestions to relieve anxiety on rough roads

OTC medications like rescue remedy and Benadryl can help, aroma therapy - lavender oil on a bandana around their neck has been beneficial to some. There are stronger prescription medications you have to get through a vet. I've found that the meds commonly used for fear of loud noises work in some cases, my favorites are alprazolam, diazepam or lorazepam. Doug, DVM
dturm 07/16/17 01:06pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

That adapter really looks cool. Anyone else have experience using it??
dturm 07/10/17 09:16am RV Pet Stop
RE: I let my guard down

One of our dogs ate a rug string, the string was sticking out of her butt. I grabbed it and she took off, string must have been 15 ft. long..She was fine after that but I am glad I noticed it when I did. Just a note of caution: If you encounter this situation, DON'T grab it and pull!!! Take your dog or cat to your vet as soon as you can. String can act like a rope saw in the intestines and you don't know how long it is or where it is in the intestines. If it's balled up, won't be a problem but if it's stretched out over several inches to feet, you will have a problem. The worst case I had was a cat, presented with sewing thread hanging out the rectum. Gentle traction didn't work. We ended up doing surgery, the other end was looped around the tongue. This string went the entire length of the GI tract. It took 5 enterotomy incisions in different spots to completely remove the entire length of string. Fortunately the intestine was still in reasonable shape and I didn't have to remove any damaged intestine, but we were probably hours away from a perforated gut. Doug, DVM
dturm 07/10/17 09:14am RV Pet Stop
RE: vet prices

Erythromycin has a short half life in dogs, so it's usually given IV or orally three times a day. It has a little higher incidence of side effects (not so serious ones) so it's not used often any more as there are other choices better suited. Back in my early years of practice, it was a pretty effective antibiotic to use in some situations. Not a placebo at all. The lettuce being toxic is a internet perpetuated false statement (FAKE NEWS :B) The only peanut butters that cause a problem are ones with xylitol added as BizmarksMom stated. Doug, DVM
dturm 07/09/17 08:39am RV Pet Stop
RE: vet prices

I'm going to pretty much stay out of this conversation but offer a couple of observations. Regarding: 30 years ago, I was told by my parents vet to "find a single vet practice and stay away from the medical groups". That got me through 20 years. Now there really isn't a choice anymore. New vet's can't afford the real estate on their own. My old vet had his practice in an industrial area to keep the costs down - vets nowadays insist on being in retail areas. It's not just real estate, the equipment requirements for "standard of care" is WAY different than 30 years ago. From ultrasound, laser, in office lab equipment, digital X-Ray, dental X-Ray to computers, surgical monitoring equipment, anesthesia and surgical equipment, there is just about an unlimited investment that could be made. Multi-Doctor hospitals provide more efficient use of that equipment, but the down side is that they tend to have "more", use more and offer more and that costs money. I've heard it surmised that a 2 doctor practice allows for the minimum equipment/staffing to provide adequate care. ??? Now they 'require' a blood test be taken for $120.00 that is sent out soooo you pay $65.00 for first visit to find out the vet will not diagnose your dog without a blood test. And then you have to come back and pay another $65.00 to find out what the 'LAB' says is wrong with your dog. This is a pretty perverted way of looking at the situation. No lab ever tells us what is wrong. Diagnosis is always a function of a DVM not a lab tech or a machine. What has happened is that "clinical diagnosis" is frowned upon by veterinary educators, the legal profession and clients and really isn't a preferred method of diagnosis taught in schools or used by the profession. This has led to better quality of veterinary care at a significant expense. Good or bad ???? Just a note, I spent the years between 18 and 29 going to school. During that time I took 3 years of full time employment teaching high school. The other 8 years in college and vet school plus one summer doing summer school, I had NO income beside side jobs making pizza over Christmas and spring breaks. Just consider the sacrifice in income producing years your vet made when you pay your $65 office visit. I'm not complaining, I made the choice. Just offering a view from the other side of the fence. Doug, DVM
dturm 07/07/17 09:26am RV Pet Stop
RE: rainbow bridge

So sorry for your loss.
dturm 07/06/17 05:36am RV Pet Stop
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