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RE: Litter Boxes in RVs

Henry is a large cat, so we have to have a pretty good sized litter box with high sides. We didn't want to change things and make it a big adjustment from home, so we just got the same type that we use at home. We just deal with the fact of living in a relatively small space with a cat, vacuum every day and place litter box in the most convenient place for us. The biggest thing we had to deal with was the scented litter in the smaller enclosed area of the motorhome. The brand we use at home was just overpowering and offended us. We now use Cats Pride light and fragrance free and find it does a great job with odors without overpowering us with perfume.
dturm 04/26/15 03:11am RV Pet Stop
RE: Diagnosis - Feline Leukemia

Sorry for your loss. You made him as comfortable as possible and eased his final days.
dturm 04/25/15 12:07pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Maggie RIP

It's a sad day. We share your loss.
dturm 04/25/15 12:04pm RV Pet Stop
RE: RIP Sunny

So many losses on the Pet Stop... Sorry for your loss.
dturm 04/25/15 12:02pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

I think a lot of us have stories, but fortunately for us ours wasn't nearly as harrowing as yours. We did breakdown on I-80 just on the south side of the Chicago area, talk about busy. This was a brand new motorhome and the engine computer chip decided to malfunction. Dead everything!! We were able to coast to the shoulder. Of course it was a Sunday, but the road service got there in a reasonable time. The only Ford dealership that worked on motorhomes was in Peotone, about a 50 mile tow. Not a pleasant experience, but it has become a good story with the passage of time. I hope what farmerjon, Walter and Charles said comes to pass. New truck, no problems and we'll see you at the Old Fella Rally.
dturm 04/23/15 06:07am RV Pet Stop
RE: Droncit 'capsules'?

BTW....have you seen any problems when giving Droncit to a dog that has seizures? Does it cross the brain barrier? I've never seen that restriction recommended and rarely see any reaction (and I think the only one has been GI). I don't think it crosses BBB, but not positive.
dturm 04/22/15 04:00am RV Pet Stop
RE: Droncit 'capsules'?

Praziquantel, the active ingregient in droncit, is available in generic form now but I have no idea what those forms look like. I'd wait and call the vet tomorrow morning and ask. Sometimes we used to get a generic product and the computer was not updated with the generic name and the prescription label printed with the brand name :(.
dturm 04/21/15 06:09pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Fluorescent Light Question

tube lamps $6~$9 i disconnected the ballast, and mounted LED strips in the fixture I did the same thing. I had problems similar to yours and got tired of chasing down issues or replacing ballast/circuit board.
dturm 04/20/15 08:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bypassing Chicago

The suggested route is pretty good, we drove it a couple of weeks ago. Be aware there are a couple of areas of road construction in southern IL on I-57 around Marion that had a pretty long back-up, then lane restriction areas further north (no back-up there). All in all, the road was in pretty good condition with a few short exceptions where thing were a little rough. If there isn't an accident and it's not rush hour, I-80 isn't too bad. Just heavy flow of traffic. Doug
dturm 04/19/15 05:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Vomiting bile in the morning

I know Andy has regular visits with his vet :B. If this is an ongoing thing, discuss the use of Pepcid. I really like using this drug in this situation as it has few side effects and is pretty effective. I suspect it's his liver causing the mild upset, but if he hasn't had blood work real recently or since the vomiting started, it might be a good idea to repeat and see if the liver is worse. Doug
dturm 04/18/15 10:29am RV Pet Stop
RE: DOC, do you know anything about this Lone Star Tick?

We learned about many species of ticks including the lone star. But, I have never heard about them causing an allergy to beef. I'd be in big trouble :)
dturm 04/17/15 09:18am RV Pet Stop
RE: I lost another Grand-dog

So sorry Deb. What a wonderful family dog, I know he'll be missed. The situation reminded me of our Buddy, lab/husky (we think) mix who came to us when his owner developed alzheimer's, did the weight loss, slow down, exercise intolerance. Amanda had just died so we chose to go a little while but after about a month and a wonderful vacation, he told us it was time. Chest full of golf ball sized tumors, it was really amazing that he was walking at all. We know how you all feel right now, the remembering softens the blow as time goes on. The good times really occupy almost all of our thoughts, and smiles come with the memories. Doug
dturm 04/16/15 06:13am RV Pet Stop
RE: Powassan Virus in ticks

I did a search on my vet sources and the specialists say no known cases in dogs, whether or not it's a canine pathogen is unknown. Just another reason to use tick preventive measures.
dturm 04/15/15 11:00am RV Pet Stop
RE: Diagnosis - Feline Leukemia

Feline Leukemia Unfortunately, there is no cure. Sometimes we can get a cat through an acute episode, but eventually almost all die early. Very often it is the immunosuppressive effects of FeLV that cause them to die from other diseases. Really tough situation and no easy answers. Doug, DVM
dturm 04/10/15 08:06pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Anxitity with new dog

They need to get professional help for the dog now. Training and housing changes are not going to make an immediate difference for this problem, and the behavior needs to change now. In cases this severe, the dog needs chemical help to change what is going on in his brain. SSRI drugs,or tricyclic antidepressand plus anti-anxiety medications when being left alone can start the process and allow training to succeed. Separation Anxiety They need to talk to their vet today. Doug, DVM
dturm 04/10/15 06:14am RV Pet Stop
RE: Hey DOC! I got some of Calvin's Advantix on me ...

I think that usually smells like urine. Not the best thing for a hot date.
dturm 04/09/15 04:55pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Poor Puppy - Travel Plans Put on Hold

I think the local health dept and animal control have all the information necessary to make a good decision. I would do a recheck by a health care professional after a 10 day quarantine, then relax a bit but still isolate from other animals just to be on the safe side. Just my opinion. Doug, DVM
dturm 04/08/15 06:00am RV Pet Stop
RE: Poor Puppy - Travel Plans Put on Hold

Methods and times of quarantine and how they are accomplished and whether or not euthanasia is mandated is pretty much out of control of local vets and officials. State laws differ and mandate how each case is handled. Local health departments may step in with more stringent requirements than state, but never more lax. When importing dogs into rabies free countries or areas (England and Hawaii come to mind) there is (or used to be) 6 month quarantine even for vaccinated animals. Incubation time varies by species, but it's thought that a dog exposed will show signs with 10 days. Some species can be carriers of rabies and don't show signs of disease for months and months. I think they pick the 6 month as a fail safe time past which it's just about impossible for the dog to have contracted rabies. Since rabies is a 100% fatal disease if not treated early (OK- there have been a few documented individuals who survived with extensive supportive care), the health officials error on the side of public safety. Sometimes the laws and regulations we make and have in place don't match the reality as we know it today. In this situation, I'd think the local health officials would recommend all the people in the family and anyone even tangentially exposed to the bat should get the human rabies prophylaxis vaccine - the one that animal care workers routinely get. BTW, Indiana mandates that puppies and kittens be vaccinated for rabies at 12 weeks of age, not 16 weeks. Minor difference but the vaccine is labeled for use in animals 12 weeks and older. The 16 weeks is an older protocol. Doug, DVM
dturm 04/07/15 03:45pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Laser therapy...post surgical

Dr. Hall got a therapeutic laser after I retired. I went to the training sessions and have used it on my mildly arthritic hand and got some relief. The theory behind it is sound and could help speed healing and moderate pain and inflammation. This is a new therapy mode that is basically a medical device that is regulated differently than many medical procedures and medicines, therefore it is looked on by established medicine as yet to be proven. It's not just a money making scheme, but whether the benefits are worth the costs is still a little bit of an unknown. Doug, DVM
dturm 04/06/15 05:45pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Shaved all 3 Collies today

This has been an interesting back and forth. A lot depends on what is meant by "shave." I don't think anyone is saying shave in the sense that we do for surgical prep - that's down to the skin and leave nothing. Most grooming shaves leave some hair. There is a difference in hair growth in different breeds. I've had some patients that never grew back hair after a shave down - usually older animals or those with medical problems (hypothyroid). I have recommended annual shaves in some collies who had repeated hot spots and this was a preventive measure (very successful, too). I guess the best advice is find what works best for your dog; shave, trim, comb out, or whatever. Doug
dturm 04/06/15 08:09am RV Pet Stop
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