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

Sorry Robin and your family are going through this. Good decision to stay home, Richard. Aside from the family drama you don't need, one of the early corona hot spots was in Albany, GA due to a funeral and the spread after. It just about overwhelmed the local health care system. I hope you can give Robin the support she needs by phone or skype.
dturm 05/13/20 10:19am RV Pet Stop
RE: Heart Problems

The pattern of cough, increased while inactive or laying down and then disappearing while walking is normal with CHF. The heart rate increases with exercise and blood flow increases. When heart rate slows, gravity takes effect and fluid tends to accumulate in the lungs causing the cough. The medical treatment you are doing is really the best available. The medicine undoubtedly is working, it's just that her heart is damaged to the point that it's not able to always provide adequate circulation. Unless there has been a change in her heart and another condition has added to the CHF, there really isn't much more that can be done. The coughing spasms or spells are not really painful. Distress comes when they can't breath fast enough or deep enough to provide the minimum oxygen needed. Most dogs in this situation will sit (provides the greatest ability to fill the lungs), extend their head and just pant. Knowing the exact time is hard for any of us not with her on a daily basis to offer an opinion. It has been my experience that the dogs will tell us when they have had enough, usually a drastic change in behavior. Sometimes they tend to go off by themselves. Sometimes get clingy. Many stop eating. I guess if the coughing spells become frequent enough that they bother her or she get to the point where she can't go for walks or do any routine activities, it's time. Doug, DVM
dturm 05/01/20 03:28pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

The rain is coming your way! We got a little over 1/2 inch yesterday and a little under an inch so far this morning. April showers as they say. Your governor has teamed up with ours, and several other midwest states to try to coordinate relaxing things. We had kind of leveled off in our state, but there is a county with a meat processing plant that has had an explosion of cases in the last week. I still think we need testing and contact tracing to really get a handle on this, but with certain precautions some businesses should be able to operate safely for their workers and customers. I think we're going to open slowly as well. They postponed the Indy 500 until August, we'll see if they can actually let 100,000+ people close together in that situation or if they do it without a crowd. We're also wearing masks when we're going to be in places were we could potentially meet people.
dturm 04/29/20 10:57am RV Pet Stop
RE: Coronavirus

This was a summary of daily information. This story came from the news source near Duke University, don't know if print or TV. The story indicated oral swabs of the dogs and cats, so I assume a PCR test. They did blood and swabs on the people.
dturm 04/28/20 02:59pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Coronavirus

This is new information today: A pug belonging to a pediatrician participating in a COVID-19 study at Duke University tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2 and displayed mild signs of illness for several days. The pediatrician, her husband and their son also tested positive for coronavirus infection, while the couple's daughter, their other dog and a pet cat did not. Again this is probably a human to dog transmission. The CDC recommends social distancing for your animals and isolation from them if you test positive for COVID.
dturm 04/28/20 02:29pm RV Pet Stop
RE: COVID and Cats - new info

We still don't have complete reliable information on this virus, but the initial genome analysis indicates that it is very similar to a coronavirus normally found in bats, not identical. It was originally thought that this virus mutated and passed through pangolins in the mutation/spread process, then became infective to humans. My meaning was that with further mutations the virus could become a more contagious form easily passed between animals (domestic pets) and humans.
dturm 04/23/20 11:53am RV Pet Stop
RE: COVID and Cats - new info

There have been no confirmed cases of animal to human transmission, really not even suspected cases either. I'm not terribly suprised that this happened in New York if it was going to happen. This is the epicenter of the pandemic world wide. There are huge numbers of cats as pets, all indoors in the city of New York. Close proximity with high incidence makes this all possible. I'm still not terribly worried about the disease in cats, all reports even in Europe have been mild upper respiratory disease. I'm more concerned about possible mutation, changes where animal to human transmission and the potential that could mean. Not enough to lose sleep over, but definitely needs to be monitored by the veterinary community and public health officials.
dturm 04/22/20 03:18pm RV Pet Stop
COVID and Cats - new info

We've gotten emails from USDA, CDC, APHIS and Indiana Veterinary Association about 2 new cases of COVID in cats from New York. USDA APHIS Bulletin To summarize: Washington, D.C. April 22, 2020 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) today announced the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection in two pet cats. These are the first pets in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2. Public health officials are still learning about SARS-CoV-2, but there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals, including pets, could be affected. This information is new and confirms reports from Europe we've talked about previously. The information below contains current recommendations related to animals. Until we know more, CDC recommends the following: Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household. Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people. Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals. Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather. If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick. Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them. Dr. Doug
dturm 04/22/20 02:44pm RV Pet Stop

That is some very good important information. If the infection rate is 5% that means that 95% of the population is still susceptible and virgin territory for this virus. It's a little reassuring that the mortality rate may be much lower than originally suspected. The information seems to show that we have "flattened the curve" nationwide to the point that our health care system as a whole is handling the number of cases. BUT, there are still hotspots where the systems are taxed, in some cases where help outside their own community is needed. With many states starting to relax stay at home orders, we're in uncharted territory because we don't really know the status of the population due to the lack of testing. Best case, we're still going to have hotspots and localized epidemics until a vaccine or therapy or herd immunity occur. Worst case, we'll have a second wave worse than the first, like what happened in the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. The big take away is that the virus is still out there. It is prudent to still take precautions, especially for those of us older folks.
dturm 04/21/20 08:14am Around the Campfire
RE: CBD oil

...Dogs mostly have anxiety because of their owners and lack of exercise. Drugs should be used as a last resort. I've got to take issue with this part of your statement. Many anxiety issues stem from life experiences and genetic predispositions. Some are natural instincts taken to an extreme - fear of storms. Exercise and how we interact with the dogs certainly can help lessen and in some cases cure the anxiety or make them worse. Actually waiting to do drugs as a last resort is a poor choice. When a behavior becomes habit, it's much harder to train or break the behavior. The longer the behavior is present, the harder it is to eliminate it. The drugs, either OTC or prescription can speed the treatment or therapy to eliminate the anxiety. They are not just to blunt the response, although that is often how they are thought of and used. Doug, DVM
dturm 04/21/20 07:58am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

I've still got most inside, it gets below freezing every night. The chives and parsley are going great. I lost two grape tomato plants, they were too big to move in and out every night.
dturm 04/16/20 09:01am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

This was yesterday here. width=720 It was all gone by last night.
dturm 04/16/20 07:31am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

The car I learned to drive on was a '62 Plymouth Valiant, just about the same color - maybe a little more green. I hated that my older brother got that car as a wedding present.
dturm 04/13/20 12:35pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Happy Birthday Pickles!!! Be careful to socially distance from all those dogs out there on your walk :B
dturm 04/11/20 06:41am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

With the improvements in the bike paths in Gulf Shores state park there are huge numbers of bikers. We saw a couple of recumbent trikes that really looked great (except for the price :)) The one we liked the best was a Terra Trike, they happened to be made in Grand Rapids, MI I think. One model had an electric assist and with the recumbent feature you don't fear falling. The model we saw had a seat almost like a car seat that was more upright for back support and was high enough that it looked pretty easy to get in and out without looking like a fool. If you get back to Michigan you could get a tour of the factory :B
dturm 04/10/20 01:40pm RV Pet Stop

H3N2 & H3N8 are both strains of canine flu that have been regionally epidemic in recent years. They have been widely publicized and even have a vaccine available (and the vaccine has been available for years). These flu strains are not contagious to people. Rather than making a post that implies that COVID is spreading in dogs, it would be responsible to get more information. CDC info on Canine influenza
dturm 04/08/20 02:22pm Around the Campfire

Etstorm, this is the kind of information that is dangerous because it's unsupported rumor. I'm a veterinarian and am privy to professional message boards where up to date information is shared and to summaries provided by state and federal agencies and boards of animal health. There have been NO verified increased incidence of pneumonai in dogs. The cat/corona virus association is discussed above. There have been no verified cases of spread of COVID-19 from cats to people. It does appear that some cats can grow the virus, but it does not appear to cause a serious disease in cats, and it does not appear to happen frequently. Again, if you are sick or are positive from corona you should avoid contact with your pets - just as you would any family member. Dr. Doug
dturm 04/08/20 07:34am Around the Campfire
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Richard, this is a good thing. It will serve to protect your neice and nephew and all the other front line health care and first responders and all the necessary service providers.
dturm 04/07/20 06:19pm RV Pet Stop

Don't panic. While this report is alarming, there have not been major reports of domestic animals being affected in the areas that have been dealing with corona for longer than we have. There is an unpublished, non-peer reviewed paper out of China. I've read the summary and it's a little reassuring. They inoculated several domestic species with huge doses of virus and found that this virus was only able to grow and reproduce in cats and ferrets. The other species were a no go. That doesn't mean that any animal couldn't act as a vehicle for spread, just as inanimate items. They also did not find serious disease in the cats, just that the virus was able to reproduce. The tigers and lion had mild signs and it is thought that they got it from a zookeeper. The recommendations now are that if you are sick with symptons or are positive for corona, have someone else in the family care for the animal, minimize contact with the animals. There still have been no cases documented where a dog or cat gave the virus to a human. Dr. Doug
dturm 04/07/20 09:11am Around the Campfire
RE: Coronavirus

There is an unpublished, non-peer reviewed paper out of China. I've read the summary and it's a little reassuring. They inoculated several domestic species with huge doses of virus and found that this virus was only able to grow and reproduce in cats and ferrets. The others were a no go. That doesn't mean that any animal couldn't act as a vehicle for spread, just as inanimate items. They also did not find serious disease in the cats, just that the virus was able to reproduce.
dturm 04/06/20 11:40am RV Pet Stop
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