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RE: Pet Insurance.....again???

I went the self-insured route for years. Always thought it was the "smart" thing to do. Until my "heart" dog became catastrophically ill. In one afternoon my entire pet savings account, intended to cover three dogs' care, was wiped out and then some. The day after he passed to the Bridge, I began researching policies on my remaining two dogs. I finally decided on a policy with a moderate deductible, but rather high annual limits. In other words, an "ah *#(#(@!!!!" policy, not one to cover every sniffle. The premium was about the same amount that I was putting in the savings account every month, but has that added coverage for if something goes horribly wrong that my pocketbook couldn't otherwise handle. I found the best deal for my situation in a company called Embrace. The deductible is per year, as opposed to per condition, which is how some of the lower-priced plans get you. It also comes with optional Wellness coverage that is quite affordable.
corgi-traveler 08/31/17 07:38pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Dog flu in Florida

The newer flu vaccine for dogs protects both H3N8 and H3N2 strains. The current outbreak in FL is the H3N2 strain. I'd recommend vaccinating your dog (making sure the one used has the H3N2 component) and avoiding places where there are lots of dogs, pet stores, dog parks, dog shows, etc. Doug, DVM This past week I called every vet clinic in town. Nobody has the bivalent vaccine. We've got a lot of travel slated for the next couple of months, I'd really prefer my pack had the vaccine!
corgi-traveler 06/03/17 07:36pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Planning a vacation to pick up new puppy

Congrats on the new addition. Last spring when we added a new puppy, the breeder (in MN) gave us daily updates and little video clips 3-4x per week from the time it was settled we were taking him specifically (about 5 weeks old), to the time I actually brought him home (11 weeks old). Before we settled on Dexter we still were getting frequent updates as "parties of interest" to the entire litter of 7. We were able to determine from the video updates enough about his personality to select his name. It totally fit him then and now.
corgi-traveler 04/19/17 09:14pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Not such a good Friday

So sorry. No matter how long they live, no matter how many we've loved and lost, the hurt is always there.
corgi-traveler 04/15/17 07:03pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Poor Peg

Somehow I missed the original post. Glad she made a complete recovery. It's hard watching our seniors struggle
corgi-traveler 03/10/17 07:04am RV Pet Stop
RE: Dr Doug - ever seen a case of Valley Fever? -- update!

Diva had her followup X ray today. All clear! No sign of any lesions or masses in the lungs. She was seen and the Xray read by her regular vet today as opposed to the on-call vet who saw her when I rushed her in originally. She thinks it was most likely a severe allergic reaction, severe enough to cause a hematoma in the chest. I agree that the symptoms, sudden onset, and equally sudden departure of symptoms supports the allergic reaction. I just wish I knew what she had gotten in to, so I could keep her away from it. Very grateful my sweet Diva girl is going to be OK. To celebrate, we ran a track, and I used my GoPro to take video of the track -best watched with the sound off. Diva Tracking
corgi-traveler 03/09/17 06:50pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Dr Doug - ever seen a case of Valley Fever? -- update!

Update - Valley Fever titers came back negative. On the phone the vet was saying..."and so it's likely cancer" I then tell him how she's showing no symptoms...active, no cough, no wheeze. He agrees that a follow-up X ray once the Baytril has run its course is the way to go. That will likely happen some time next week.
corgi-traveler 02/22/17 04:21pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Dr Doug - ever seen a case of Valley Fever? -- update!

Just keep talking to your vet, I would have recommended another X-Ray in a couple of weeks (or earlier if no improvement) to rule out cancer. Thanks. I thought it was a long shot, but maybe a case where the animal had been traveling. Our follow-up visit will be scheduled when we get the results back for the titer... didn't make sense to make an appointment before we had the results. But yes, I think if it comes back negative for VF, I'll want another X-ray after the Baytril is finished before we do anything else.
corgi-traveler 02/21/17 04:54pm RV Pet Stop
Dr Doug - ever seen a case of Valley Fever? -- update!

Short version of the story...we were supposed to be traveling this weekend but I came down with the flu Wednesday. So we were at home Saturday morning when Diva started coughing, gagging, and wheezing. Took her in to the vet (on emergency hour rates), they did a blood panel and Xrays. Vet calls me back, shows me the X rays, and says he thinks it's Valley Fever, but needs to send another blood sample out for a titer to confirm. Says if the lesions we see on the X ray are not Valley Fever it's probably cancer. Blood panel came back normal, including a normal white cell count. Vet sends us home with some antifungals to get a leg up if it's Valley Fever, some antibiotics in case it's an infection without the raised blood count --which he said was pretty unlikely, and some carprofen to try to make her more comfortable and bring her fever down (103) Now I took Diva to the clinic I always take her to, but because it was 7am on a Saturday she saw the vet on call, not our regular vet. No worries, it happened to be "the old guy", 35+ years practicing in the area. He's seen his share of Valley Fever cases, commented how it was a lucky thing we were not traveling, as a vet outside the endemic area probably wouldnt' have seen a case before. Diva slept most of Saturday, but by mid-day she was breathing normally and not in any obvious distress. By Sunday evening if I hadn't seen how sick she was, or seen the X ray, I wouldn't believe she had been sick. She was a little quiet today, but comfortable. My understanding, which could be wrong, is that the antifungals take 5-7 days to start working. Which means that if any of the meds were helping her feel better, it was the Baytril. Except her blood count showed no infection. We probably won't get our titer back till the end of the week. If it's positive, it's a lengthy treatment, but doable. If it's negative, and she's still doing OK, I'm not sure if I want to ask for another set of X-rays before we do anything else or not.
corgi-traveler 02/20/17 09:47pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Videos from PA Farm Show Sheepdog Trial

Nice work. I haven't picked up a stock stick or taken the dogs out to herd since we lost Buddy. Just haven't felt like it. Watching your runs has sort of reminded me of the good times with Buddy, and how I need to get back out there with the youngsters.
corgi-traveler 01/16/17 07:25pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Number 1, Again

Funny, that's the second photo I've seen today of an A-frame covered in snow! Congrats on your rankings...it takes a strong team to have that level of consistency. Buddy (now at the Bridge) ran NADAC as a Skilled Veteran until just shy of his 10th birthday - we don't get many NADAC trials around here. He was running AKC at 8 inches (regular height) as late as July of this past year, about a month before he started showing symptoms of his cancer. Diva hasn't run any agility since October, when I fell and did a number on my ankle. Still haven't been cleared to run by my Dr.
corgi-traveler 01/16/17 07:18pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Razz Tracking Dog title

Congratulations! Diva and I track too. I'll probably get her certified later this winter...she's not quite ready but should be soon. One of my go-to places to track right now is an empty lot in the middle of an industrial park near me. Because of a recent ankle injury, though, I've needed to avoid uneven ground, so we did some shorter motivational tracks on the lawn that abuts that empty field...it belongs to a local uniform supply company. One day the plant manager comes out to ask what I'm doing.... I answer training my dog to track... he asks if that is like Search and Rescue... I say....sort of the basic building blocks.... he says fine, I can use the property any time I want. I suppose I need to send a tray of cookies to that company's break room when she gets her TD ;)
corgi-traveler 01/16/17 07:07pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Sam was out maneuvered or out gunned

Sorry about the lamb. We have a big Basque population around here, and thus see a lot of Pyrs out in the fields. I know a couple of people who have started using Anatolians ...one here in CA and another in AZ. Both are really happy with their LDGs. Hope one of the dogs you're looking at works out.
corgi-traveler 11/13/16 06:10pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Buddy needs your prayer and support update- RIP Buddy

So sorry about Buddy. We know what you are going through, it's been about a year since we lost Jill to liver cancer (probably metastatic hemangiosarcoma). She went downhill really fast and we faced the same situation and made the same decision. Really hard!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Doug & Sandy Thank you. When they did the initial fine needle aspirate, the sample was to small to determine anything other than "likely cancerous" but the internal medicine specialist didn't want to take a larger sample, fearing a bleed. Reflecting back on the events of the last 24 hours, hemangiosarcoma seemed a likely culprit. He was getting better, gaining musicle back, growing more active. Then a little quieter on Saturday. No dinner Saturday night. No breakfast Sunday morning. By Sunday afternoon clearly restless, and decision was made then to take him in as soon as the regular vet opened this morning for some Tramadol (we had previously discussed this with his internist, what to do when scenarios). Then around midnight he began to crash. ER Vet was certain he was bleeding internally. I'm thankful that he gave us a black-and-white "it's time" rather than slowly fading away, but heartbroken. He was truly my soulmate.
corgi-traveler 10/24/16 01:27pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Buddy needs your prayer and support update- RIP Buddy

Well, friends, our plea was short-lived. Shortly after midnight Buddy woke us up in distress. It was clear it was time. That'll do, Buddy, that'll do. RIP, the best dog ever.
corgi-traveler 10/24/16 02:50am RV Pet Stop
Buddy needs your prayer and support update- RIP Buddy

I've been away from this forum for quite a while. Our trailer has sat unused for quite a while because the reason we use it, to travel to dog trials of various sorts, is on hold. Buddy, the best friend I've ever had in my life, is two weeks short of his 11th birthday, and has been diagnosed with cancer in his liver. Chemo is not an option. It may be resectable, and we are in the process of setting up a CT scan to confirm that. But the most likely outcome is that my days with my buddy, Buddy are numbered. I've lost a lot of great dogs over the years. None come even close to the heartache of this one. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v344/samamph/buddylift_zps505c4942.jpeg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v344/samamph/buddy2_zps5ae37475.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v344/samamph/DSC_0468_zpsce33e549.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v344/samamph/BuddyUKCjump2.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v344/samamph/15806190-IMG_4343.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v344/samamph/Buddyandsheeptoy.jpg
corgi-traveler 10/23/16 07:55pm RV Pet Stop
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