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RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

No word from the Michigan campground, they said they'd call us....
dturm 09/04/15 10:27am RV Pet Stop
RE: Seizures in dogs

Quit giving him people food and he will eat more and more dog food when he gets hungry.We found this does not always work with older dogs. My Gyp (Border Collie) stopped eating dog food and lost 20% of her body weight (starting from a thin 32 lbs) without ever showing signs of wanting to eat the food she'd been on for years. At that point she HAD to eat so we starting looking for anything she would willingly eat to keep her from wasting away. I've found Mark's experiences repeated over and over in practice. When animals get older, sometimes you just have to get really creative to keep them from wasting away. In Megan's last month, we found the only thing she would routinely eat was the grilled chicken from Wendy's. I'd order a salad with grilled chicken - I'd eat the salad, she'd eat the chicken. BTW, Megan was about 15 1/2 year old golden and pretty healthy right up until about 15 then started showing the age related deterioration.
dturm 09/04/15 10:25am RV Pet Stop
RE: Seizures in dogs

Idiopathic Epilepsy is a very common problem in dogs, more common in several breeds. I've often thought idiopathic = we're idiots and can't figure out what is causing them. It is RARE for foods, drugs or environmental exposure to CAUSE epilepsy, but there are many that can change seizure threshold and make a seizure disorder more problematic. Do a google search and you can find tons of information (most aimed towards people) that might help. I agree with your and your vets approach, if the seizures become frequent or more severe, then treatment is necessary. Doug, DVM
dturm 09/04/15 10:20am RV Pet Stop
RE: Best dry dog food

Since the episode last week with my bulldog (still ongoing ) I'm changing all the dog food to new. What is the consensus of the best dry dog food. The wet is already taken care of. Thanks in advance . Was the cause of the GI issues ever diagnosed? It's a little hard to give any reliable recommendation other than "this worked in my dog." Every time I see the dog food adviser touted as THE source, I re-read their disclaimer: However, my rating system is not intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific health benefit for your pet. Please be advised that I am not a veterinarian. For this reason, this website was never meant to be used as a substitute for sound professional advice. Because the health of your dog can be directly affected by what you read here, you should always consult with a licensed veterinary professional before taking any specific action. Doug, DVM
dturm 09/03/15 05:20pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

It's a plastic cone and when she tries to put it on her, it hurts her ear and she hides behind the couch. The vet doesn't want her scratching at her ear... Burch If it hurts that much putting the cone on, it will hurt that much if she scratches it (pretty good deterrent). Put the cone on when the pain is lessening and don't stress about it now. JMO Doug, DVM
dturm 09/03/15 06:56am RV Pet Stop
RE: News Article on Cancer Research

Fantastic, we can help them while they help us.
dturm 09/03/15 06:53am RV Pet Stop
RE: Veternarians

" At our regular vet's office, euthanasia is the only procedure that is paid for upfront" Thank you Pulsar, I guess it's standard operating procedure. Bob J. It is pretty standard, at our practice too. But there are ways to do it that are sensitive to the situation and there are situations where prepay is a very poor choice (animal in extreme pain, vocalizing; agonal breathing - for example). Just a note and recommendation, any of you who are approaching that time with your pets, take the opportunity to discuss the procedures and options with your vet or the office personnel so you know your all options before you have to make the decisions while stressed.
dturm 09/02/15 01:32pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Veternarians

I'm a veterinarian and I would have rated (ranted) just as you did. There is no excuse for the lack of communication. The situation was obviously filled with tension and stress and the way it was handled only made it worse. Sorry for your loss. Doug, DVM
dturm 09/01/15 08:03pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

We've had some changes over the last couple of months that Sandy and I wanted to share with the FOOFs. We lost Henry (our cat) due to heart/kidney complications from age and hyperthyroid. But we got a new addition shortly after. Sandy's sister has Alzheimer's and is comfortable in a care facility, but her husband suddenly passed away, so Kaylee was left homeless. We just couldn't stand to have her go through any further trauma so we adopted her. We'll be able to take her to visit Sandy's sister too. Here is Kaylee http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/qq261/dturm/Kaylee%20001.jpg width=640 Jill loves having a companion. http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/qq261/dturm/jilland%20kaylee.jpg width=640 They both look forward to seeing you at the rally.
dturm 09/01/15 06:59pm RV Pet Stop
RE: PEPCID AC

There are liquid versions of pepcid that are a little easier to get smaller doses, but it's OK to split the tablets. Doug, DVM
dturm 08/31/15 04:56pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

So sorry Richard.
dturm 08/29/15 04:58pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Got a Vet appointment

Just left vet,she got a shot to calm her stomach,blood work to be ready tomorrow,exam And sent home with me. Awaiting results of blood work now. She drank water and kept it down so far,going to give her some Hamburg and rice in a little while (as per the vet) hope can keep it down .absoluetly no idea what caused this . Hopefully the blood test will tell ust what's going on. Glad you got her in. The injections to stop vomiting are great, very effective. Even if the blood work comes back basically normal, you've ruled out some real serious things. Unfortunately, more often than not we can't pinpoint exact cause in many of these cases. Doug, DVM
dturm 08/28/15 03:32pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Got a Vet appointment

Too many possibilities to guess (pancreatitis, HGE, poisoning, parvo, food poisoning,...). She needs to be seen ASAP. Doug, DVM
dturm 08/28/15 12:15pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Things I have learned as a sheep farmer

Totally agree. Not all regs are bad, but often taken to extremes that don't consider small business and aren't flexible enough to really work the way they are supposed to.
dturm 08/25/15 08:13am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Sandy says: Large Painting, and Several framed Prints for silent auction several small items (you have to come to the rally to see what they are :B)
dturm 08/24/15 11:13am RV Pet Stop
RE: Things I have learned as a sheep farmer

Let's not let this devolve into political rants. Lest we think that all gvmt and regulation is bad, is the Chesapeake Bay in better condition, or better condition than it would have been without the herbicide/pesticide, clean water, regulation on animal waste disposal regulations and are those regulations "reasonable" despite the added work and costs for all of us? I know these regulations have made a HUGE difference in the quality of the great lakes and rivers in the area where I live. I remember rivers catching fire and some great lakes fisheries being dead. We are still dealing with the heavy metal disposal into Lake Michigan (even though the fish are thriving), to the point that young children and pregnant women are advised to not consume (or severely limit) fish from the lake and the rest of us have "healthy limits" of consumption. Doug
dturm 08/24/15 11:09am RV Pet Stop
RE: Slipping feet

Interesting idea. We have a collection of runners and area rugs that we strategically place at home and in the RV with our geriatric guys. They learn pretty fast to walk on the rugs rather than the slick floors. Many of the newer RVs have very little or no carpeting. I get that it's really easier to keep clean and wears longer than carpet, but it's not a good thing for any of our dogs, young or especially the old ones.
dturm 08/21/15 07:40am RV Pet Stop
RE: Another Star in the Heavens

Sorry for your loss. Mast cell tumors can be devastating.
dturm 08/20/15 03:08pm RV Pet Stop
RE: New Federal Restrictions on Pain Medicine Prescriptions

... I don't believe in forcing anyone to pay for drug users habits, which is what you are doing by using tax money to pay for it. Jim Jim, you're paying for it with tax dollars already as over 50% of the federal jail population is there for drug offenses. It's probably just as high or higher percentage in state and local jails. If you look at the costs of incarceration, it just isn't cost effective to continue to do things the way we are. And what we are doing isn't working to reduce the number of addicts and related societal costs. I too don't think making it legal is the answer, but decriminalizing (not talking about pushers and dealers) and paying for treatment is probably cheaper than incarcerating. The reason this is related to the original topic is that in an effort to attack the drug problem the recent push has put an undue burden on those who actually need these medications.
dturm 08/16/15 08:13am Full-time RVing
RE: New Federal Restrictions on Pain Medicine Prescriptions

And what does a law restricting prescribed medicine to persons needing it have to do with stopping illegal trade in those drugs?? The reasoning is that there are many "pain clinics" where they are actually store fronts for legal prescription pain medications. You go in see a Dr, get a script and then go to another clinic down the street and do the same thing over and over. A significant portion of the street drugs are procured in this manner. And the medical purists and DEA maintain that there is over-prescribing of pain killers and a group of addicts being created through legal prescriptions. All that may be true, but it really seems the burden is being placed on those individuals who really need the medications rather that dealing with the drug problem in a less onerous way. Having lived with a person with severe, chronic pain, I see the issues here. It's not a situation anyone would like to live with.
dturm 08/15/15 11:49am Full-time RVing
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