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Actually, they have been testing sewer contents for coronavirus since early 2020 and other pathogens much longer. It's a valid technique for monitoring potential public health issues. Not perfectly predictive, more like weather radar.
dturm 09/20/22 05:23am Around the Campfire
RE: We're getting ready........for lambing

Your posts are always an education for those of us not familiar with real farming. Hard work, uncertain compensation and uncertain/unknown obstacles during the year.
dturm 09/20/22 05:13am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Georgia plays South Carolina today, I naturally thought of Richard...
dturm 09/17/22 04:25am RV Pet Stop
RE: Been a long time

Dan, so good to hear from you again and so sorry for your issues medical and personal. I hope the dogs continue to give you comfort and support. We'll be thinking of you. Doug
dturm 09/17/22 04:24am RV Pet Stop
RE: Changing oil.

The oil change I usually do myself. We've not had to have service too many times, but mobile repair guys we've had to use have been both cost effective and competent.
dturm 09/09/22 08:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection

DW has had the injections and radio ablation that toedtoes described in lumbar area. She had weeks of relief from the injections and months from the ablation. Right now, she's considering a procedure where spacers are glued into affected disc spaces (my interpretation of the procedure). This is minimally invasive and offers immediate relief with little recovery from the procedure and a more permanent solution. Her physician is an anesthesiologist that specializes as a pain doc and done many of these procedures with good record of positive results.
dturm 09/09/22 08:21am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Early Television

Like most of you, I grew up with a huge box tv, black & white with a screen about a foot across. We used to go to my uncle's house for New Year's Day and he had 4 TVs stacked on one wall and one was even color!! He had a Zenith that had an early remote that clicked a sound that caused the channel change. Really cool that we could watch multiple football games at the same time. My uncle was an eccentric character.
dturm 09/09/22 08:11am Around the Campfire
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

SGTJOE, in my experience Standard poodles are usually pretty chill compared to the other sizes. Labs can be. The fear of men doesn't necessarily mean that there was mistreatment, but his history certainly is suspect. Sounds like you have a good match, and your patience has given him an opportunity to develop.
dturm 08/29/22 12:25pm RV Pet Stop
RE: SARS-CoV-2 Infections in US Dogs and Cats

We're not currently vaccinating or recommending COVID vaccinations for dogs or cats. The disease has not shown to be serious in dogs and most cats. There is an animal version of the vaccine that has been used mostly in primates and big cats in zoos. The recommendations now are to limit contact with your dogs and cats if you test positive. Doug, DVM
dturm 08/24/22 03:59pm RV Pet Stop
Natural disasters and pets

With the floods in the south and west and fires multiple places, I wonder what natural disasters you may have gone through with your pets. What brought this on was a story on the anniversary of Hurricane Andrew. I actually treated a dog that was affected by Andrew. The sister of a good client was stationed at Homestead AFB in Florida and her housing was totally destroyed. She came up north to live with her sister and the dog had GI issues either due to stress or bad water after the hurricane. Another pet I treated was following Mount Pinatubo eruption in the Philippines. Another military family relocated back home after the volcano erupted. This dog had a severe conjunctivitis due to volcanic ash and the eye irritation. Fortunately, we have had minimal disruptions. Power outage for about 36 hrs after a near miss tornado in the middle of the summer heat and a couple of hail storms. This also should serve as a reminder to have a “go bag” for your pets that includes medicines and first aid supplies among other essential items you might need.
dturm 08/24/22 10:19am RV Pet Stop
RE: Parvo-like illness in N Michigan

When Parvo first started to show up in the early 80's, we had no tests and no vaccinations and really didn't know what we were dealing with. We learned to diagnose the way we used to do a lot, based on clinical presentation, physical exam and history. With the development of technical aids in medicine, I wonder if this skill is being lost to a degree. I do appreciate that many vets here diagnosed parvo despite negative tests. Regarding parvo, we could diagnose pretty accurately by smell. There is a particular odor to the diarrhea, different than the "normal" diarrhea we see almost daily.
dturm 08/23/22 02:56pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Parvo-like illness in N Michigan

We see a high incidence of algae blooms this time of year. They can affect many dogs at the same time and often mimic other diseases. I'd be interested in lab results (other than parvo test) and necropsy results. It is a mystery.
dturm 08/15/22 03:39pm RV Pet Stop
RE: great river road

Just east of downtown St. Louis the Casino Queen has a campground. Pretty nice view of St. Louis across the river. Pere Marquette State Park just north of Grafton, IL (near St. Louis) has a campground and a beautiful old lodge. There is a COE campground just north of the Quad cities, IL. We haven't stayed there but did drive through. Mississippi Palisades State Park is just north of Savanna, IL. Typical state park campground. They have beautiful drive up the cliffs overlooking the river. Palace Campground is just north of Galena, IL. Galena is a great town to visit. BTW, the sections of the river road that we have driven are well worth the trip.
dturm 08/15/22 04:49am Roads and Routes
RE: Panic Water buying Again?

The level of Lake Michigan is dropping.. NESTLES bottled water.. Much of it comes from Lake Michigan... Lake Michigan levels near record highs Having lived with 10 miles of Lake Michigan for much of my adult life, I have observed cycles of lake levels. There is a compact between states and Canada that border the lake. The compact limits withdrawal of water to communities that lie within the Lake Michigan watershed. Probably not an issue with respect to regional shortages.
dturm 08/05/22 06:12am Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

I feel for you all that are dealing with heat and drought. We usually get a few 100-degree days every summer and had a few upper 90s in May and June. Right now, it's beautiful and comfortable, we made it to low 80s yesterday and finally got some rain last week.
dturm 07/14/22 05:09am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Sorry your wife is sick; hope she heals quickly. We're going about 40 miles to the Hollywood Casino campground, Joliet, IL. We're trying to escape the fireworks that are so prevalent in Indiana. We'll still get a show at the casino, but nowhere near the the issues we get at home with every person setting them off at all hours.
dturm 06/28/22 02:54pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Fireworks

I second the idea of a Thunder Shirt or similar product. They don't work all the time but enough that it's worth the try. We had one for a previous Golden but putting it on an 80# dead weight, totally limp, uncooperative dog proved more difficult than the benefit. Winnie really isn't THAT bad, she just won't eliminate with loud booms so the last trip outside has to be well before sunset. That makes for a long night. She just goes to a semi-enclosed area and puts her head under an end table. BTW, don't pass up the potential of "chemical" intervention. There are OTC meds and MANY more prescription meds that can be amazingly beneficial in lessening the anxiety. This isn't the old tranquilizers that we used to use but newer meds and combination protocols that can really help. We live in a state where fireworks sales are permitted and actually encouraged. Several years ago the state refused to increase restrictions and instead put a special tax on fireworks sales. The tax was supposed to go for fire personnel training. We do have restrictions on time and dates permitted around holidays, but we all know how that goes. Doug, DVM
dturm 06/22/22 12:25pm RV Pet Stop

Winnie - our new Golden - is afraid of loud noises, mostly thunder and fireworks. Kaylee is getting better as her hearing diminishes, she now only hears and reacts to the loudest sounds. I heard a financial report a few days ago and it appears that another sector that has been hit with large price increases is fireworks. I can only hope that the price increase is enough that people choose to buy gas, food and other essentials rather than fireworks. I'm not holding my breath...
dturm 06/22/22 10:31am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

I remember when we first started RVing and the credit card cut off was $50. I almost filled up in rural Illinois the end of May on the way back home and the cut off was $100. A couple of years ago I was filling at a Flying J and they put a $300 potential charge and my CC company put a stop on the CC before I could fill. BTW, when I filled in May the cost was $4.49. We were $5.89-5.99 last week but this morning were "down" to $5.35
dturm 06/09/22 12:49pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Best Route Frm Iowa I80 to New Brunswick, Class C+toad

You don't need to get multiple I-Pass transponders. Illinois allows registration of multiple vehicles to one transponder, we have 2 cars and one motorhome registered to ours. Vehicle license plate numbers and vehicle descriptions are entered in the system. They have velcro type attachments to allow you to move the transponder between vehicles. I know it's not in fashion to praise governments, but Illinois really did the tolling thing right when they upgraded to join the EZpass system. They remodeled their toll plazas and established an "open road tolling" system where you no longer have to stop at a toll booth to pay a toll. Traffic backups are reduced and you can often breeze through tolling stations at highway speed. The system reads the transponder, license plate and counts axles and then charges the corresponding account. During the pandemic it has allowed them to eliminate person to person contact by closing manned toll booths and allowing people who don't have transponder to pay tolls online (the system has recorded your license plate to catch people who try to game the system) Living in the area, it has made travelling around Chicago much easier. USUALLY.
dturm 06/06/22 04:54am Roads and Routes
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