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RE: My Boy's Sick ...

Our best to Calvin. Valley fever (Coccidioidomycosis) Doug
dturm 09/21/14 02:16pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Dog with UTI

Culture, make sure the antibiotic is taken for the full course, possible X-Rays (and or ultrasound) to rule out stones. Dietary supplements that acidify the urine will often head off UTI. Vit C, cranberry, and others. Talk to your vet.
dturm 09/15/14 02:45pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Richard, that route probably has an 8% grade, two lanes with no shoulder and a 500' drop off one side. Gary, you are a wise man.
dturm 09/13/14 05:19pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Prayers for Jake, please

I did a quick search on VIN (veterinary board) and it seems that many have found that Doxepin (oral antihistamine) works to treat/control laryngeal paralysis in about 75% of the cases. Once the cortisone brings the initial swelling down, this might be an option/alternative to surgery. Good luck to you and Jake. Doug, DVM
dturm 09/12/14 06:10am RV Pet Stop
RE: Dog food-are these ingredients necessary?

Also, the ability to digest and utilize food is in large part a function of the digestive system of the animal (not just the food itself). It is NOT a static situation, general health, GI disease and specific situations (stress) have a great effect on that function. It's not always the food. Doug, DVM
dturm 09/08/14 10:16am RV Pet Stop
RE: Beware of cats & string.

It's not just string, but any long thin item (think tinsel from a Christmas tree). The worst case of a "string foreign body" that I had was sewing thread that was looped around the tongue and the other end was coming out the rectum. I had to make multiple enterotomy incisions (cutting the intestine) to retrieve the string. The problem is created because the string spreads out along the intestine and as waves of contraction happen, the string acts like a saw and eventually cuts through the intestine. If caught it time, recovery is usually complete and no long term effects occur. Doug, DVM
dturm 09/04/14 03:57pm RV Pet Stop
RE: I don't have a cat . . .

You just had to do it...
dturm 09/04/14 10:26am RV Pet Stop
RE: Dog food-are these ingredients necessary?

Oh boy, another food thread. So much misinformation and marketing hype that is taken for fact. First, meat by-products are essential for complete canine nutrition - it just depends on what those by-products are. If you just fed muscle meat without the essential nutrients, you'd eventually get a sick dog. So eliminating a food that has by-products as an ingredient is folly. Perhaps distasteful to us, but really essential for the canine. Many of the boutique ingredients may provide essential nutrients but these nutrients are present in other brands, just provided by different raw ingredients. Marketing somehow insists that the nutrients provided by these boutique ingredients is somehow better. For the most part (with the exception of diabetic) sugar is a non-issue with dogs. There have been recalls on many natural, raw, super premium brands of foods as well as the store brands. Nobody has been immune. Dogs with sensitive digestive systems present a problem in choosing foods. You can try different brands, but sometimes end up with a mess. I usually recommend that you find what works and you can afford and stick with it. Doug, DVM
dturm 09/04/14 06:30am RV Pet Stop

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dturm 09/02/14 07:54pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Question re: 7 in 1 dog vaccine

I'm not sure about the totality of evidence, but my experiences have been that very small dogs (not so much cats) seem to have a greater reaction to multiple vaccinations. Not serious, life threatening but pain and ADR (ain't doin' right :) ). It's common enough that we usually split vaccines by a couple of weeks in very small breed puppies. Mark is totally correct in that there are several things in the vaccine component that can cause reaction. The whole situation that started re-evaluation of vaccine protocol in veterinary medicine was the "vaccine induced sarcoma" in cats. It turns out that it's not just vaccine, it's any injection (or tissue trauma) and there is a genetic component - most cats do fine with and never develop cancer. The point here is to minimize the number of injections, thus Mark's protocol. The point here is that NO injection (or medication for that matter) is an innocuous procedure. It needs to be discussed and decisions made based on the risks/rewards for each individual. Doug, DVM
dturm 08/27/14 06:56am RV Pet Stop
RE: Doc Synovi G4 question

I usually recommend 6-8 weeks minimum before concluding it doesn't work. At a lower loading dose, I'd suspect it could take longer. Hope it works. My old hospital just got a therapeutic laser. It's supposed to apply non-invasive energy to cells that increase circulation and decrease inflammation and speed healing. I'm anxious to see how it actually works in practice. It's supposed to be good for arthritic conditions and acute injuries like ACL and meniscus trauma.
dturm 08/26/14 07:39pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Question re: 7 in 1 dog vaccine

This is one your local vet is going to have to have input. The 7 way vaccines contain multiple strains of Lepto along with the standard core vaccines. If you live in an area where lepto is not a threat, probably not needed. We have seen an increasing incidence in our area, but still do not routinely vaccinate but inform and allow choice. Every area is different, so what is relevant elsewhere may not be for you. We do every three years rather than two.
dturm 08/25/14 05:57pm RV Pet Stop
RE: One of my dogs is strange

I notice that many of the newer RVs tend to not have carpeting. I understand the ease in cleaning and different wear without carpeting, but this would be a problem for us. We have runners and throw rugs on all non-carpeted surfaces. Many dogs don't like the slick floors and as they age the problem only becomes worse. It seems like it's been 20 years since we had a young dog, but all of ours as they age have had arthritis issues that makes it impossible for them to safely negotiate slick floors. Doug
dturm 08/24/14 09:08pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Anyone have an old dog die while on the road?

Good point about the altitude. I'm worried about that for myself.... The old dog... Could be a problem. We are I think 100 ft above sea level. The dogs go to New Orleans with us all the time, which we all know is below sea level. I've had a few heart patients that decompensate when getting to altitude. A minor change in medication was all that was necessary to bring the issues under control. I'd urge you to get the heart/lung diagnosed before your trip, discuss the trip with your vet and get suggestion on medication. We've had many people have a pet die while on the road or visiting our area. Cremation and either people were around long enough to wait for cremains to be returned or they were shipped to an alternative address. Doug, DVM
dturm 08/24/14 02:06pm RV Pet Stop
RE: car sick cats?

We use Cerenia (prescription medication) with Henry. There are other prescription medications along with some OTC medications and many can be formulated into "transdermals" so they can be applied to the ear rather than dealing with pilling a cat. There are calming natural products that i'm sure many will give their experiences. Discuss the options with your vet, he/she has the best info about your cat and basic health information necessary to make the best choice. Doug, DVM
dturm 08/24/14 01:59pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Our canine friends waiting at rainbow bridge

Thanks for the picture Tom.
dturm 08/19/14 04:20am RV Pet Stop
RE: Need help with lite dog food

So sorry for your loss. As Pawz said, pancreatitis can be a devastating disease and even with proper treatment often the results are heartbreaking. Add the diabetes and cushing's, this was a terribly complicated situation. With inflammation in the pancreas, the natural output of insulin probably fluctuated radically resulting in all the different glucose readings. The sky high cortisol could also have caused flare ups. The oil certainly wouldn't help, but there was so much going on here I'm not sure there would have been any different outcome. Just really hard situation, again I'm sorry you and your little girl went through this. Doug, DVM
dturm 08/18/14 04:56pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Stopping cat from clawing furniture

Very good advice from everyone. One addition, cats also scratch to mark territory, not just to sharpen or deal with nails. The paws have a concentration of glandular cells that emit pheromones and these are left on the places cats do the scratching behavior. Cats that have been declawed will still do the scratching behavior. NOTE: Declawing is a touchy subject form some, let's not get into a philosophical argument about that procedure but keep with ways to deal with the behavioral issue posed by the OP. Doug, DVM
dturm 08/13/14 05:47am RV Pet Stop
RE: Sunday trip to vet (final update 8/22/14)

I have seen a lot of "bottom of chain link fence" lacerations :B. Almost all have been on a front leg/foot but have seen a few on muzzle. Fun Sunday... Hope Lassie heals fast. Doug
dturm 08/11/14 06:51am RV Pet Stop
RE: Buddy's getting his teeth cleaned

Previcox is an nsaid, good for post-op pain, arthritis, etc. I don't send every tumor to a pathologist, but if there is any doubt I'll try to convince it's worth the added expense. While warm fuzzy relationship isn't necessarily an indication of good medical care, it's difficult to effectively communicate with someone you don't have some sort of rapport. That communication is necessary for effective medical care. There are so many things that can cause mild elevation of liver enzymes, many are not serious. In the absence of symptoms, I usually recommend re-testing rather that immediately trying to chase down cause.
dturm 08/05/14 06:41pm RV Pet Stop
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