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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
RE: Dr. Doug (or others) - Atopica Question

Temaril-P is a combination antihistamine/cortisone and the Atopica is cyclosporine (an immunosuppresive), I wouldn't have a problem giving them at the same time for a dose.
dturm 08/05/14 06:10pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

I wouldn't say not likely, in fact I'd guess that's the most likely tumor. A huge majority of tumors in that location are perianal gland tumors, male or female. It's just that a majority of animals that present with tumors in that location are male, not all but most by a large margin.
dturm 08/05/14 07:27am RV Pet Stop
RE: Need moral support and help

Just a note on disk disease and treatment options: Many times the choice between medical and surgical treatment is a difficult one. This is NOT a situation where you can wait and see. If surgical intervention is indicated the procedure needs to be done within 24 hrs of the injury or the chances of success are greatly diminished. You can have surgery done and still wind up with a paralyzed dog. By waiting or opting not to do surgery you are making the choice to do medical treatment. This may be what the doctors recommend or what you can financially handle or all you want your dog to go through. There are no right or wrong choices, we all need to consider our own situation and ability to deal with consequences - financial and medical.
dturm 08/05/14 07:20am RV Pet Stop
RE: Need help with lite dog food

Thanks for the clarification, it makes recommendations easier. As Pawz suggested, I/D would be a great choice. The pancreatitis is a more important dietary issue than either the heart, diabetes or Cushings. At this point, I wouldn't be concerned yet about long term diet considerations. The first issue is to make sure the pancreatitis is under control or gone and the diabetes is managed. Then see if Cushings is indeed present and a cause. If so, that needs to be addressed, THEN consider long term dietary issues. Until then I/D (or similar prescription food or home made diet) would be my choice. Doug, DVM
dturm 08/05/14 05:26am RV Pet Stop
RE: Need moral support and help

... He has lost almost all feeling in his back legs ... Caring for a paralyzed dog is very troublesome but I don't know what to do If there is not total loss of feeling, there is hope. I've had dozens of patients with a similar problems and some do recover, not always completely but sufficient to walk. The next week or two are pretty critical in determining prognosis. Caring for them is NOT just getting a cart and putting on a diaper. Many with total loss (a functionally severed spinal cord) cannot eliminate without external aid. These dogs are more prone to developing serious urinary tract/kidney infections. There are serious skin issues due to trauma to the non-functional limbs. Some dogs adapt to carts better than other, some not at all. You need to weigh all these things when making a decision. Doug, DVM
dturm 08/04/14 07:57pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

A very large majority of these that I have seen in that location have been "hepatoid gland adenomas" or by another name: perianal gland tumor. Perianal gland tumor Most are in males (though they do occur in females) and most (like 90%) are benign. Here's hoping that's the case for Hobo. Doug, DVM
dturm 08/04/14 05:49pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Need help with lite dog food

... The dog in question has been in the pet hospital for 3 days and is back home. I have emailed my vet for her recommendations but haven't heard back yet. I want to do the right thing for my pets. I now realized labels mean nothing. Why was this dog in the hospital? Why is a low fat diet recommended (this isn't a typical recommendation just because of age)? These are important historical issues to be considered before giving recommendations. Doug, DVM
dturm 08/04/14 05:28pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Adams Flea Shampoo Pricing/Walmart

2. Composition/Information on Ingredients Hazardous Components (Chemical Name) Concentration OSHA PEL ACGIH TLV 1. 2,4-Dodecadienoic acid,11-methoxy-3,7,11-trimethyl-, 1-methylethyl ester, S-(E,E)-65733-16-6 CAS #0.1 % 2. Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids 8003-34-7 0.15 % 5 mg/m3 5 mg/m3 3. Piperonyl butoxide 51-03-6 1.5 % No mention of formaldehyde.
dturm 08/04/14 11:26am RV Pet Stop
RE: Adams Flea Shampoo Pricing/Walmart

With the advent of "spot on" flea control products (like Frontline, Advantage, etc) the value of shampoos and dips has diminished. The value is usually confined to the first immediate treatment or in the case where the spot on is not appropriate or recommended. Adam's products have historically been very good and effective (at least in our area). The major problem with any flea control program that utilizes a flea shampoo (or any other type of shampoo) is that the efficacy disappears when you rinse the soap off. You may get a day or two at most but then the fleas return. The IGR in the shampoo has the same residual action as the shampoo, so you really only get the fleas/eggs/larva that may be on the pet when the shampoo is done. I live and practiced in an area where there was a finite flea season (winters really take care of 90 percent of the flea issues) so regional variations may exist. We rarely need any flea control products other that spot on. The only time flea bombs are used is when there is an overwhelming flea population within the house and they are biting the humans. Most times, spot on treatments on all the animals coupled with meticulous vacuuming, +/- a flea area treatment spray in appropriate areas within the house solved the problems. Doug, DVM
dturm 08/04/14 06:00am RV Pet Stop
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