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

Part of Richard's legacy is his attention brought to the plight of stray animals. In his efforts to save Old Fella, he showed us all the way to bring our energy to help solve this issue. Richard and this thread have touched us and thousands of people who have kept up this thread and interacted with each other at rallies around the country and provided a good life for hundreds of animals. He will be missed.
dturm 10/20/21 05:57am RV Pet Stop
RE: How many states has your dog been too?

Kaylee is our oldest camper and has been in about 21 states, mostly adjacent to the Mississippi River and east. All the previous dogs and Sasha have been in fewer.
dturm 10/13/21 01:22pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Did your dog influence your trailer purchase?

Years ago we used the dogs as an excuse to upgrade to our first class A MH with a slide out to provide space for three dogs. :B
dturm 10/13/21 07:05am RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Wow is right. Beautiful picture.
dturm 10/06/21 02:46pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

We're so sorry Dale. I'm so glad you got back to Indiana to be with her before her passing and that it was comfortable. Our thoughts are with you in the coming days. Doug
dturm 09/30/21 01:45am RV Pet Stop

Another note on COVID: While it is primarily a respiratory virus, it affects many organ systems. Symptoms of brain fog and loss of taste and smell indicate neurological involvement, myocarditis - heart involvement, blood clots - hematopoietic system, and GI effects are less common but are reported.
dturm 09/27/21 08:28am Around the Campfire
RE: White fur stain removal

Most body fluids stain, saliva, tears, urine... The bacterial component is real and often increases the amount of saliva or tears as well as contributing to the stain. There are special solutions to use near the eyes, be careful with peroxide. Peroxide works about as well as anything. You need to be careful to avoid having your dog ingest any.
dturm 09/27/21 08:21am RV Pet Stop

Very sorry to hear this. Another note on treatment: Rapid diagnosis with a test should trigger immediate inquiry about the advisability of administering a monoclonal antibody (Remdesivir). This early treatment has been shown to have benefits. Of course vaccination is the most important step in prevention. Over 90% of the hospitalized and serious illnesses are in the un-vaccinated.
dturm 09/27/21 06:38am Around the Campfire
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

That's tough. The hospice we and my mom worked with was wonderful. They were caring and made her passing as easy as possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Doug
dturm 09/25/21 12:38pm RV Pet Stop
RE: My "little" puppy Tully

I can see why you put little in quotations. Beautiful guy.
dturm 09/22/21 03:45pm RV Pet Stop

These findings suggest that natural immunity and vaccine-generated immunity to SARS-CoV-2 will differ in how they recognize new viral variants. What’s more, antibodies acquired with the help of a vaccine may be more likely to target new SARS-CoV-2 variants potently, even when the variants carry new mutations in the RBD. It’s not entirely clear why these differences in vaccine- and infection-elicited antibody responses exist. In both cases, RBD-directed antibodies are acquired from the immune system’s recognition and response to viral spike proteins. The Seattle team suggests these differences may arise because the vaccine presents the viral protein in slightly different conformations. Actually, I don't agree that previous PCR positive test should be a valid opt out of vaccination or equivalent to vaccination. My understanding is that there is a tremendous variability in antibody level production in people who are infected with COVID, often dependent on severity of their disease. Those who believe that previous infection always protects from re-infection are probably taking unnecessary risks. Also, evaluating immune competence in fighting a disease is more complex that measuring an antibody level. That's the easiest test we have right now, but evidence now is that vaccination after having COVID is appropriate.
dturm 09/22/21 10:31am Around the Campfire

Moderator is correct. Your premise is incorrect!! Natural antibodies from infection are NOT equivalent to the protection from vaccination.
dturm 09/22/21 06:53am Around the Campfire

And then you get this opinion: NIH Director's Blog The new evidence shows that protective antibodies generated in response to an mRNA vaccine will target a broader range of SARS-CoV-2 variants carrying “single letter” changes in a key portion of their spike protein compared to antibodies acquired from an infection. I think the bottom line is we still don't know. The safest course of action is to vaccinate those who have recovered from COVID.
dturm 09/22/21 05:44am Around the Campfire

Getting the disease rather than the vaccine to acquire immunity is a really bad idea, even if immunity duration is the same. The chances of serious illness and long term consequences of disease are way more probable than any side effects from vaccination. We also do not know what long term effects recovered COVID patients may have. Preliminary studies from Stanford and Oxford have shown that some patients have changes in gray matter in the brain similar to Alzheimer's. One study was in people who died but the other included some who were mostly asymptomatic. Consider the costs of having the disease in terms of health care costs, costs for loss productivity versus getting a vaccine. The stress to our health care system may have an effect longer than the pandemic. Already nurses and doctors are suffering from burnout and extreme shortages exist many places in the country. Taking care of more sick people will just make this situation worse. If you have ever seen a person struggling to breathe, fighting just to say a word, you wouldn't consider getting COVID as a valid option.
dturm 09/21/21 09:43pm Around the Campfire
RE: Protecting our pets from Covid?

Zoetis is the pharm company producing the animal COVID vaccine (this is the Pfizer spin-off company that produces animal drugs). They got an EUA license late last year and vaccinations began in "at risk" species. Almost all have been zoo residents, mostly big cats and primates. The program started at the San Diego Zoo last January. COVID vaccination for animals
dturm 09/17/21 01:54pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Why Choesterol is Biologically Important

One piece of wrong information in the video- he says the less cholesterol you take in the less the body makes. That's completely backwards - the more you take in the less the body makes and vice versa. I know some people have side effects (as with many drugs) but these are among the most prescribed drugs and studies have shown benefits in preventing heart attacks and strokes. Risk vs reward.
dturm 09/16/21 05:56pm Around the Campfire

Hypertension is a mitigating factor in COVID and the Ace2 inhibitors are used to treat hypertension. I looked this up last year as I take Lisinopril and at that time it was thought that it may actually help. There are studies going on right now.
dturm 09/15/21 07:08pm Around the Campfire

Speaking of insanely good news, I've seen a couple of PR reports (take them with a grain of salt :)) that groups are working on a universal coronavirus vaccine. This would protect from all coronaviruses and their mutations - all Sars-CoV versions, cold viruses, enteric viruses. These are still experimental but show promise. UNC report Newsweek story
dturm 09/14/21 02:15pm Around the Campfire
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Sorry to hear this Dale. That's a long trip solo, take care.
dturm 09/07/21 08:21am RV Pet Stop

This is the question that is determined during initial trials. Initial dose and timing intervals are guessed based on previous vaccines, results in animal trials then tested in people. Pfizer and Moderna chose different intervals and dosage volumes for their human trials. The results of the trials and the serious nature of the pandemic made immediate approval appropriate. They are still doing trials with different doses (about 1/3 the dose for children under 12) and different lengths between boosters. I would assume that they will accumulate additional data and seek licensing based on these data.
dturm 09/03/21 11:20am Around the Campfire
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