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New Service Animal Ruling

We've had many discussions about service animal certification and the lack of uniform policy. People have been able to obtain service certification online for dubious causes and that has in turn poisoned the attitude many have when real service animals are needed. The airlines are instituting a more restrictive attitude towards emotional support animals. New Rules
dturm 12/02/20 04:58pm RV Pet Stop

There is beginning to be a lot of discussion about vaccination and the effect it will have on the pandemic. While the prospect of an effective vaccination is great news, it's existence does not mean the pandemic is over. First it will take months to produce and administer a vaccine to enough people to achieve "herd immunity." Most optimistic estimates are that won't be until the middle of next year. Second, we don't know if the vaccines prevent infection or just serious disease. Some recent PR materials suggest that vaccinated individuals still got infected but none got serious disease. That's good news, but if people think we can go back to maskless normal behavior it will perpetuate the pandemic. Personally, I'm looking forward to a "normal" Thanksgiving next year, but not much normal activity before that. The 60%-70% population immunity is the figure I was taught, but there are so many factors that enter the calculation that it's just an estimate. Also the end is not like an on/off switch, it's more like a dimmer switch that gradually ends us in the off position.
dturm 12/02/20 05:51am Around the Campfire
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Wow!! We got the wind, but the lake effect snow hit the counties just east of us. Welcome to winter.
dturm 12/01/20 02:28pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Unexplained weight loss does indicate a vet visit is needed. Hope this is just an age related issue rather than a symptom of a more severe problems--
dturm 11/30/20 05:50am RV Pet Stop
RE: Living with only one arm

Happy Thanksgiving, Mr. Ed. Love your positive outlook on life. Seconded wholeheartedly. DW has Afib and is on Xeralto. Your story just confirms her decision to use one of the anticoagulants.
dturm 11/26/20 02:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Happy Thanksgiving to all the FOOFs. While it may take a little while, 2021 will be much better.
dturm 11/26/20 01:55pm RV Pet Stop

What we are getting is press releases from the PR departments of the drug companies. The actual data is what is sent to the FDA where the data will be reviewed by their vaccine advisory committee. This is kind of like peer review as this committee is composed of experts in the field of immunology/vaccines and is independent from big Pharma. The 95% effective reported in the press really doesn't give us a complete picture of how the vaccine works. Is it possible that it protects from serious disease but doesn't completely prevent infection? Regardless, the 95% efficacy is way higher than the "acceptable" level that was expected when this process started. Stay tuned, we will get more complete information.
dturm 11/21/20 11:25am Around the Campfire
RE: burried in dog hair HELP

I'd recommend a fatty acid/omega oil supplement. There are many made specifically for dogs that have Omega oils plus vitamins, but a human fish oil product should be sufficient. On edit and further thought: The next time you get your dog in to your vet, I'd recommend a thyroid blood check as well. (breed incidence of hypothyroid is higher in this breed and is often associated with skin/hair issues) Doug, DVM
dturm 11/18/20 03:03am RV Pet Stop
RE: burried in dog hair HELP

Dog hair is a condiment around our house :) Seriously, shedding is normal to a degree in most breeds. What breed of dog do you have and how old? What diet? Any patchy areas of hair loss? Any itching or scratching? Are your grooming and bathing him/her regularly, if so what do you use? Once you have eliminated disease or medical conditions, dietary changes or supplements may be beneficial. You are going to get a lot of personal experience advice and suggestions here, many probably will help. I'd suggest the next time you have a vet appointment, bring up the issue and get some suggestions. Doug, DVM
dturm 11/17/20 03:00am RV Pet Stop

The only thing I would dispute is that the vaccine is un-proven. We are in a discussion that is pretty far from my area of expertise, but drug trials that have progressed through phase 3 successfully are far from un-proven. Obviously not proven to the degree that you and many others feel is necessary, but if they are approved (without political interference or without only financial considerations) I'd feel comfortable being vaccinated. As far as financial benefits these companies will get, many started production before phase 3 trials were started let alone completed. There was a pretty big risk financially for them to do this. Some of the companies were compensated for this risk in part by various governments. They do stand to make money. I think far more beneficial in the long run will be the techniques they have developed to find and manufacture vaccines in the future. The basic fundamental of RNA vaccines will be proven and open a huge future opportunity to eliminate a host of diseases. Perhaps a quantum leap for humanity.
dturm 11/16/20 12:15pm Around the Campfire

Challenge testing in humans presents a serious medical ethics conundrum. Society has performed these tests, often without the participants knowledge. Think Mengele, soldiers exposed to nuclear tests and agent orange and disabled people and people of color Hideous truth of Testing There have been challenge tests performed on animals (primates) in previous phases of testing this Coronavirus vaccine. That is frowned upon by some, but in truth these types of advancement could not be achieved without some animal testing. Consider a challenge test where 100 people are given a placebo and then challenged with the live virus. Given the current mortality rate if all get COVID, we would expect 2-4 participants to die. Is that acceptable? If we can get reasonable answers by other means without the risk it may not be justified.
dturm 11/16/20 10:41am Around the Campfire

Human challenge trials are generally frowned upon from an ethical standpoint. The UK was talking about one a month or so ago. Intentionally exposing people to this disease is extreme. They are using placebo vaccination in these trials with 30K individuals enrolled. The statistic evaluation of a 30K trial "should" be sufficient to rule out serious adverse reactions and efficacy of the vaccines. Of course, millions of doses of vaccine could reveal less common reactions, but right now the risks of a continuing pandemic outweigh the risk of a wide spread use of a properly vetted vaccine. UK Challenge Trial
dturm 11/16/20 08:39am Around the Campfire
RE: Light hearted story

dturm 11/16/20 08:29am RV Pet Stop
RE: The strange ramifications of COVID shutdowns

Makes plexiglass and dividers. Our son works installing video security systems in businesses and they have been overwhelmed with work.
dturm 11/15/20 04:21am Around the Campfire
RE: The sad part of pet ownership—The sad update

Sounds like you gave her a wonderful couple of months before her passing. I know you will always treasure the time you had with her. Our sympathy to you and your family. Doug
dturm 11/14/20 03:42pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

If any of you still think this COVID pandemic is not real, this is part of an email I got from Rise Up. Respond. Reinforce our Hoosier Healthcare Heroes. The Indiana Department of Health needs all available licensed healthcare professionals to sign up to serve in the COVID-19 response. This includes those providers who may have a license from another state or those who are retired. We are in need of heroes from every healthcare-related profession, at any level of training (including students), and in positions and locations throughout the state. Please sign up at to be a part of Indiana’s COVID-19 response. When they start asking for help from retired vets to assist in the care for humans, things are critical. WEAR A MASK!!!
dturm 11/14/20 03:34am RV Pet Stop

We also have mask mandate and have for months. Many schools that opened in a hybrid form have reverted back to all online. As far as masks, I don't go out frequently and usually only to grocery first thing in AM after opening, but I have not seen a person WITHOUT a mask for weeks. Occasional person with mask not covering nose, but even that is unusual. As far as risk, Sandy (DW) just got diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Aside from age, diabetes, hypertension, Afib and now RA (starting on immunosupressives) she has no other risk factors :) .
dturm 11/10/20 10:34am Around the Campfire

Mark, are these your relatives in Lockport, IL? We're having major increases in our area right now. Chicago has shut down indoor dining and bars (I think) and we have about a 20% positivity on tests in NW Indiana. I hope they all do well. This is an example why rapid testing and contact tracing is necessary to get this thing under control.
dturm 11/10/20 09:17am Around the Campfire
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

... You wonder when it will stop... It will stop when we have a vaccine, but that's a year away. It will slow down to a "reasonable" risk when enough people are infected and recover and enough people stay at home that the surge to our health care system subsides. It could become more manageable if we find a treatment. It will be more manageable when we actually test enough people that we can isolate and contact trace those infected. We have to get to a point that our health care system can manage the number of people infected. Listen to the health care professionals NOT politicians. This was a post I made at the end of March. There are some who are saying the pandemic will be over since the election is over. PLEASE DON'T BUY INTO THIS NARRATIVE. We are in worse shape going into winter than we were at the peak early in April and May. We are all getting pandemic fatigue, but all the evidence points to a more serious problem over the next few months. Cases and positivity rates and hospitalizations are all going up at an exponential rate. On the positive side, there was a 60 Minutes story last night interviewing the military supply general in charge of distributing a vaccine when it is approved by the FDA. The US military is amazingly prepared for distribution of a vaccine working with private companies that are developing and manufacturing the vaccine and then the health care facilities and health departments that will administer the vaccine. It will probably be the middle of next year before most of the country can be vaccinated even with the most optimistic outlook. Keep yourselves safe, this will be over but it's going to take a little longer.
dturm 11/09/20 05:02am RV Pet Stop
RE: Keeping pets safe in travel trailer while “home alone”

I've had to delete several posts because of flaming. Please stay on topic without unnecessary vitriol. It is your responsibility to insure that you follow the campground rules and make sure your pets are not bothering others around you. Monitors can be a great tool to make sure your dogs are well behaved while you are out.
dturm 11/08/20 09:22am RV Pet Stop
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