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There has been some talk about some categories of people who may need a booster. At this point the US is not recommending it, but Israel has started them in some individuals. Just by way of information, my wife has Rheumatoid Arthritis and is on immunosuppressive drugs and has been from before, throughout our vaccinations and after. We're a little over 4 months past our 2nd Pfizer shot. She had an appointment with her rheumatologist yesterday and they decided to do a COVID antibody test to evaluate whether or not she had an immune response to the vaccination. The good news is that she had a good response and still has antibodies to the spike protein. The unsure news is that evaluation of these tests is new enough that it isn't known how protective her levels are, just that she does have antibodies. The CDC and NIH are gathering information from these types of tests to help formulate future recommendations.
dturm 07/13/21 10:31am Around the Campfire
RE: New Puppy Heart Murmur-Decision Made (at end)

This was a PM I sent to Crowe I bet it will be gone by the time you pick him up. Not to get too technical, but there are a couple of holes and shunts in and around the heart that are present during development before birth. They are there because the lungs are not needed while in the uterus, all oxygen is provided through the placenta. They don't close immediately after birth and sometimes take a little longer. Since this guy is one of the biggest puppies, I'd be very surprised if this was anything serious. Further reading Foramen ovale
dturm 07/10/21 04:40am RV Pet Stop
RE: New Puppy Heart Murmur-Decision Made (at end)

It depends on the type of murmur. I've seen many innocent murmurs that indeed do disappear, so the vet may be correct. There are more serious murmurs indicating congenital heart issues. Your vet should be able to distinguish (getting a 2nd opinion), but an echocardiogram will give you peace of mind. Doug, DVM
dturm 07/09/21 12:01pm RV Pet Stop

While some individuals previously vaccinated have turned up positive to the Delta variant, it's my understanding that most of those do NOT usually get serious disease. In areas where the Delta variant is prevalent, a huge majority of those hospitalized are unvaccinated.
dturm 06/30/21 04:09pm Around the Campfire
Import restrictions due to Rabies

Beginning July 14, dogs can't be imported from restricted countries. The ban is temporary but the end point isn't known. This applies to dog that travel with their owners and return to the US. CDC Announcement We had a thread asking about travel to South Africa and that is one of the restricted countries.
dturm 06/23/21 10:02am RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Sorry about your troubles. Speaking from personal experiences, that's a difficult time/transition when dealing with parents. I guess one good thing is that this happened this year rather than last year when there was no vaccine for COVID. At least that's one worry you don't need to have.
dturm 06/19/21 10:06am RV Pet Stop
Sun Bathing

It might be more effective if she relaxed IN the sun rather than in the shade. height=600
dturm 06/06/21 09:40am RV Pet Stop
RE: Could the weather get any more miserable?

You are getting what we had earlier in the week. Today has been beautiful, temps in the upper 70s and very little wind. Give it a couple of days and this is what you'll have. It was great weather for the Indy 500.
dturm 05/30/21 01:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Cats in a TT

Life threatening temps for dogs and cats is different than for people. 80+ in some situations can lead to hyperthermia. Doug, DVM
dturm 05/26/21 02:07pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Travel buddies

This is a post from the COVID thread: Efficacy Estimates for Various COVID-19 Vaccines: What we Know from the Literature and Reports Medrxiv preprint Abstract In this report, we provide summary estimates, from publications and reports, of vaccine efficacy (VE) for the COVID-19 vaccines that are being rolled out on a global scale. We find that, on average, the efficacy against any disease with infection is 85% (95% CI: 71 - 93%) after a full course of vaccination. The VE against severe disease, hospitalization or death averages close to 100%. The average VE against infection, regardless of symptoms, is 84% (95% CI: 70 - 91%). We also find that the average VE against transmission to others for Infected vaccinated people is 54% (95% CI: 38 - 66%). Finally, we prove summary estimates of the VE against any disease with infection for some of the variants of concern (VOC). The average VE for the VOC B.1.1.7, B.1.1.28 (P1) and B.1.351 are 86% (95% CI: 65 - 84%), 61% (95% CI: 43 - 73%) and 56% (95% CI: 29 - 73%), respectively. If I read it correctly, the vaccine efficacy against the South African COVID Variant (B.1.351) is 56%.
dturm 05/24/21 07:22am RV Pet Stop
RE: Map that river

Really cool. We live about 20 miles south of Lake Michigan and 1 mile south of a "continental divide" where anything north ends up in Lake Michigan and anything around us ends up in the Mississippi River and in Louisiana.
dturm 05/21/21 06:05am Around the Campfire

Mark gives a good perspective of this news report from the Seychelles. Reports of breakthrough infections in this country have also been reported in people fully vaccinated. Remember that the efficacy was reported at 95% which means that we could expect 5% breakthrough infections. The CDC has changed their reporting methodology and now just report hospitalized breakthrough cases. As of May 10, there were 1349 out of 115 million fully vaccinated people. CDC Breakthrough cases I understand the relaxation of mask mandates. The chances of a fully vaccinated individual currently acquiring COVID and requiring hospitalization is miniscule. But NOT ZERO. I think part of the reasoning had to be to create an inducement to get the vaccine for hesitant individuals.
dturm 05/16/21 11:31am Around the Campfire
RE: Skinny cat

Is she losing weight?? If so I wouldn't wait until October to have her checked out. Doximom11 gave a good differential diagnosis of potential issues. BTW, cats are different than dogs regarding eating. They can and do cause serious issues by just not eating sufficient amounts. With dogs there is almost always some underlying issues either medical or behavioral with longer term inappetence. Cats can have underlying issues but sometimes can put themselves into liver disease just by not eating. Lesson: a cat not eating for days should be considered an immediate problem. Doug, DVM
dturm 05/16/21 11:18am RV Pet Stop
RE: Travel buddies

Check out the import requirements for South Africa and for return to the US. You need to plan way ahead of time and go through the international requirements and many require prior authorization. Titers for many diseases have to be performed before your trip. In this time I'd also be concerned about COVID and medical care available in South Africa. I know that their health care system is NOT third world caliber and if they are not overwhelmed with COVID should provide the type of care available here in the states. USDA APHIS web site.
dturm 05/15/21 04:48pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Sent PM BTW, I'm happy to provide any of you with information based on my experiences, so don't be shy about PMing me.
dturm 05/13/21 03:37pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Good luck to Dan and Patty. Looks like Ohio residents who have been vaccinated are entered in a 1 Million dollar lottery. Nice inducement to get vaccinated!!!
dturm 05/13/21 08:12am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Glad you are able to travel and things are going reasonably well. The weather here in Indiana is just starting to warm up. We're going to be close to 60 today but still close to freezing at night. Safe travels.
dturm 04/23/21 10:04am RV Pet Stop
RE: Moderna vaccine (Personal experiences)

If it's a PCR test you should assume infective and able to spread the virus. If it's an antibody test (basically testing previous infection) it's unknown but safest for you to assume they are infective and take precautions until you are protected with vaccination.
dturm 04/15/21 04:39am Around the Campfire
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Happy Birthday Pickles!!! Tell mom and dad that you need a cake...
dturm 04/11/21 03:18pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Bordetella Vaccinations

My puppy had kennel cough when we brought him home. He is now 3. Do I still need to have him vaccinated for it every year? Talk to your vet. Depending on your circumstances, you may not need to do so. I don't normally do bordetella since my dogs don't get in close contact with other dogs. They get it if they are going to be boarded. In the past, I did because they hung out with my dad's show dog who was around a lot of other dogs. Good information here. We don't routinely vaccinate ours, but we don't socialize with our dogs and they don't require grooming. By way of information, "kennel cough" is a generic term encompassing many different diseases that all cause similar symptoms. Bordetella, coronavirus (canine variety not COVID), parainfluenza are three common ones some of which have vaccines available. Doug, DVM
dturm 04/07/21 04:26am RV Pet Stop
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