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Multiple good news items after a couple of difficult years. As many of you know, we lost Sasha at the end of January at a young age due to kidney failure. As luck and fate conspired together, we now have a great new Golden thanks to Love a Golden rescue from St. Louis, MO. Meet Winnie (not sure if she was named after Winnebago, Winefred or Winnie the Poo). She's about the same age as Sasha and has fit in perfectly width=640 The second bit of good news: After a 1 1/2 year hiatus from RVing, we're back in the motorhome. We're back because of the third bit of good news, Sandy had a knee replacement Feb 14 and is able to walk and climb stairs - just about back to "normal." Her recovery has been amazing and the surgery option one of the best decisions we've made. Her knee was so bad that she was just about wheel chair bound (one of the reasons we weren't able to RV). Her surgery was done by the Rush Orthopedic group (those of you around the Chicago area may be familiar with Rush Hospital).
dturm 05/09/22 05:13pm RV Pet Stop

I suspect many of these reactions are due to the immune response induced by either the vaccine or the disease. The reason the reactions might be more severe in the disease could be due to greater number and types of immune complexes created by the disease. After all, COVID can affect many different systems in the body while the vaccine produces a more focused immune response. The typical vaccine reaction we see in practice is usually due to vaccine components that the individual is allergic to. Aside from the active ingredient most typical vaccine might include adjuvants, preservatives, stabilizers and residual particles from manufacturing.
dturm 04/30/22 09:28am Around the Campfire
RE: How to discourage territorial barking at home

This is a site I like for information: Veterinary Partner How do we stop barking? Start by identifying why your dog is barking. It is useful to journal times of day and what is in the environment during barking episodes. Teaching alternative behaviors incompatible with barking like checking in with their person or relaxing on a mat can be helpful to change this behavior. It is important to use positive reinforcement when teaching these behaviors, meaning a reward is given for each desired behavior. A reward does not have to be a treat. Learn what your dog likes. Some rewards include a favorite toy, attention, or verbal praise. Force or pain including yelling, painful collars, and physical punishment are often not helpful. These techniques and devices can increase anxiety, causing the barking to get worse rather than better. It is REALLY difficult to get a dog to stop doing a behavior that is instinctive, especially when it is taken to an extreme. The major take away in training is to SUBSTITUTE an acceptable behavior and use positive reinforcement to establish that behavior. I had a similar issue (not a severe as yours) and I taught Ginger to go get her tennis ball (something she really enjoyed) whenever someone came to the door. It worked great for everyone except my brother-in-law, but that's another story. Doug, DVM
dturm 04/02/22 10:53am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

There was also a painting of Richard with Old Fella that was donated and is hanging in Waynesboro. I don't remember if it's in the Library or City Hall... if anybody else remembers.
dturm 03/30/22 07:33am RV Pet Stop
RE: We're getting ready........for lambing

So sorry about Sam's passing. I know he was a great protector and help with your sheep.
dturm 03/21/22 06:36pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Our 2nd new Sheltie addition

Woo hoo!!
dturm 03/13/22 03:16pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

We went to that Strawberry festival a few years ago, we were staying in Crystal River. It was fantastic!! The very best strawberry shortcake I've ever had in my life.
dturm 03/03/22 12:48pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

So happy it worked out for Rocky. We learn new stuff every day and the internet makes it pretty easy to share. The xylitol is a BIG NO-NO for dogs. It can actually kill them by causing a low blood sugar.
dturm 02/11/22 04:05am RV Pet Stop
RE: We're getting ready........for lambing

So sorry.
dturm 02/03/22 02:49pm RV Pet Stop
RE: We're getting ready........for lambing

It's been about 50 years (OMG) but I remember my large animal rotation that happened in Jan/Feb. We attended a few downer cows. It's really amazing what a little glucose or calcium will do. We see an eclampsia in post-partum dogs infrequently, but I saw several in 40+ years. A little calcium IV turned them around, really amazing to witness. Do you see the downer ewes more often with twins? I assume if she survives this will be her last breeding.
dturm 02/01/22 02:17pm RV Pet Stop
RE: New study on Neutering/Spaying

Larry - You are not looking. This is an almost universal policy where pet licensing is done. 2022 Pet Tags are due by March 31, 2022. If your pet is unregistered or new to your family, you must visit us at the Clerk-Treasurer's Office to register for the first year. You can renew your pet tags online. Go to and click the "Pay Online" tab. The cost is $8.00 if your pet is spayed or neutered and $20.00 if unaltered. Proof of current vaccination record is required.
dturm 01/31/22 09:31am RV Pet Stop
RE: New study on Neutering/Spaying

While this information is interesting, please consider: This is a retrospective study and can find a statistical association. It cannot conclude causation, that requires a different kind of study (more like the life-time Golden Retriever study now in progress). Also, the population studied was the group of animals presented to UC-Davis veterinary school. This population probably doesn't represent the whole population of dogs, or even the population that would be presented to a local veterinary hospital (not a specialty or referral hospital). As far as the joint issues associated, is the cause the greater weight gain that occurs in a neutered individual, or the more rapid growth and since it seems to be breed related, is there some genetic component not just the fact of being neutered??? In real practice (not specialty or referral) the number 1 cancer in un-neutered females is mammary cancer. It is basically non-existent in spayed females when the surgery is performed early in life. The association with mast cell tumor, hemangiosarcoma and to a lesser degree lymphosarcoma are troubling. Consider the incidence of these when compared to the issues that are increased in intact individuals. When making these decisions you can't just say "she has less chance of XXX" without considering the increased chance of "YYY." There are real benefits to neutering, both physical and behavioral.
dturm 01/30/22 02:57pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Behaviorist vs Trainer

My general impression is that behaviorists work to correct problems based on each individual dog's personality and current theory about dog behavior, while trainers use techniques they have utilized and perfected less interested in individual dog personalities. This of course in an over-the-top generalization and many utilize mixtures of both approaches. As far as pulling on the leash, if the Halti collar doesn't work, you might try a Halti no pull harness. This harness has straps that go under the axilla (arm pits) and attach to the leash. If a dog pulls, pressure is put on the axilla and that's uncomfortable to the dog. It tends to give better control than a choke or pronged collar.
dturm 01/30/22 10:56am RV Pet Stop
RE: Tully-Behavior Issues

I'll start this with the disclaimer that behavior is not my strongest area of vet medicine. I've had most of my personal experience with Golden Retrievers a breed so easy to train that it's hard to screw them up. After spending hours every day dealing with difficult behavior (almost always understandable as the things we do are often uncomfortable or strange), the last thing I want is to come home to more difficult behavioral situations. Most animal behaviorists do not recommend pronged collars. Many trainers do. I don't think there is a universal situation (always OK vs never OK)- each individual situation is different. The behaviorists maintain that pronged collars are used by owners as an easy out rather than dealing with the bad behavior. There are tons of new training aids as far as collars, harnesses, head collars, and training protocols. Many current behaviorists also discount the "alpha" dog theory that we all grew up with. Bottom line is that dealing with an adolescent dog can be difficult. You have to be willing to try different things and even change things up when what has been working no longer does. Far too often people just tire and give up and that produces an adult dog with poor behavior. We've all seen them, those that bark uncontrollably, lunge while walking, are aggressive to people or other animals and any number of other undesirable behaviors. One universal theory is that a tired dog (both physical and mental) is a good dog. Uniform, regular daily training on a schedule (feeding, elimination, play, exercise and training) seems to have benefits. Don't ignore the mental stimulation as a bored dog will misbehave. The fact that you are seeking suggestions means that you are actively dealing with the situation. Keep the faith and keep trying different things. They do grow up.
dturm 01/30/22 04:13am RV Pet Stop
RE: Kidney Disease - Update

We lost Sasha today. She was positive and happy until the end but had not eaten in days and started to show neurological symptoms, so we had to make the decision not to let her deteriorate to an unrecognizable being. We got a lot more quality time with her than we thought we would. A very hard day, but we'll forever have amazing memories.
dturm 01/28/22 02:22pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

There is a new technique called "Chill Protocol" that is being used in vet medicine. It is designed for aggressive or fearful dogs and has shown great promise in dealing with these situations. It uses a combination of drugs, usually gabapentin, melatonin and acepromazine (or other medications) timed in sequence. Check with your vet and see if this would be appropriate. Doug, DVM
dturm 01/28/22 11:26am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

We hit -17 a couple of days ago. It's warmed up to upper 20's today :B We sure miss going south. Speaking of surgery, Sandy is scheduled for a total knee replacement on Feb 14, so keep her in your thoughts.
dturm 01/28/22 10:43am RV Pet Stop

CDC MMWR Risk for Newly Diagnosed Diabetes >30 Days After SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Persons Aged <18 Years — United States, March 1, 2020–June 28, 2021 Sorry, didn't realize the CDC was going to release this in their weekly MMWR report dated tomorrow.
dturm 01/13/22 07:20pm Around the Campfire

...... I'm no Doctor, but I can't help wondering if Covid had affected her sugar levels, resulting in her ultimate death... there's no way this lady's blood sugar could have gone this high, IMO Frightening anecdotal "news" coming out now is that children who have recovered from COVID have a higher incidence of diabetes. Much more needs to be studied before comfirming the association, but long-term issues related to COVID are going to showing up for a long time.
dturm 01/13/22 03:00pm Around the Campfire

I can't wait for an attorney to try that argument - My client didn't shoot and kill him, he had cancer and was a dead man walking, the bullet fired was irrelevant. Jack Kevorkian spent time in jail when he assisted suicide in people who were imminently terminal regardless of comorbidities. These arguments about COVID death comorbidities have no validity medically speaking. Dr. Doug
dturm 01/13/22 01:56pm Around the Campfire
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