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I'm confident that if mutations that affect vaccine efficacy happen our scientists will be able to modify the vaccines appropriately. I'm a little more concerned about length of immunity as initial reports that the 1/2 life of neutralizing antibodies is a little shorter (especially in older people) than ideal. I hope we won't have to get revaccinated every 6 months. I'm sure details and differences between the various vaccines will become apparent as time goes on. The main thing now is we apparently have a tool other than routine public health measures and precautions that could in time really end the epidemic.
dturm 12/29/20 10:09am Around the Campfire
RE: Carsick dog

Glad things worked out!!
dturm 12/29/20 10:01am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Merry Christmas everyone!! We got a dusting of snow, not really enough to cover anything. We did get the wind and cold, low this morning was 7 with wind chill -4. So not looking forward to winter here.
dturm 12/25/20 06:16am RV Pet Stop
RE: Remember when tv

My first color TV was 1970. I had an eccentric uncle who had 4 TVs in his living room stacked 2 x 2. One Zenith even had a remote! One was color and we used to love to go to his house especially on New Year's day where we could watch multiple football games at the same time.
dturm 12/25/20 03:42am Around the Campfire
RE: Carsick dog

My Collies have logged literally thousands of miles in my truck. There usually asleep by the time I hit the interstate. They wake up when I slow down for a town and look out the windows then back to sleep. Sawyer's first ride was 3500 miles long at 12 weeks old. Sasha's first ride was only about 500 miles at 12 weeks old. Just try to leave them at home, they love to go for a ride. Our Sasha's first ride was 5482 miles (according to mapquest) from Istanbul Turkey to Chicago. :B She has no problem with travel. On the other hand, Kayley get so anxious that she frequently has problems. We have done prescription Cerenia that works better than any other medication or treatment we have used, but with years of travel in the motorhome she seldom needs anything anymore.
dturm 12/25/20 03:35am RV Pet Stop
RE: Carsick dog

There are prescription meds, but dramamine works in some - same dose as a child. Also, benadryl can also work - 25 mg. Good idea to not feed before trip :B
dturm 12/24/20 03:52pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Dog food scam

Jerry, to a point I agree with you. The advertising promotes things that are palatable to people on the one hand while dismissing ingredients that might be objectionable to a person's sensibilities. That isn't necessarily what a dog or cat needs for a complete and nutritious diet. What I don't agree with is that you can easily cook and or prepare a meal that is nutritionally complete for your dog or cat. Their needs are NOT the same as people. Most reputable larger pet food manufacturers utilize veterinary nutritionists and routinely test their diets on a multitude of breeds and species. For all of you, in your travels if you ever have a chance, take a tour of the Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Missouri (just outside St. Louis). It's an interesting tour and shows the research behind a major animal food manufacturer. I have less faith in the boutique pet food manufacturers. There are so many now and it's difficult to know if they really have done the work to provide a nutritionally complete diet. Bottom line for me, it's way easier to provide a nutritionally complete diet staying with a major brand of dog or cat food than preparing one yourself. Another "rule" for me is there is no one food that is best for every animal. What may be great for one may not be best for another. Doug, DVM
dturm 12/23/20 03:56am RV Pet Stop

Vaccination news: Our granddaughter got her COVID vaccination last weekend - no reactions at all. She is a health care worker (laboratory tech) at Christ Advocate hospital in the Chicago area. Reassuring news.
dturm 12/22/20 07:25am Around the Campfire
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Our granddaughter got her COVID vaccination last weekend - no reactions at all. She is a health care worker (laboratory tech) at Christ Advocate hospital in the Chicago area. Reassuring news.
dturm 12/22/20 07:24am RV Pet Stop

Also a mystery is why anaphylactic shock is not uncommon among vaccine recipients but not recorded among stage II or III trial subjects. The difference is 1/2 of 30 K participants that were actually injected with the vaccine in phase 3 double blind trials vs 500+ K estimated to have been vaccinated so far. Even though these reactions are gaining huge press coverage, they are actually very small numbers. That doesn't make you feel better if you are the one that has an allergic reaction, but these have all been successfully treated with no long term side effects. I too will line up for a vax as soon as available.
dturm 12/20/20 04:30pm Around the Campfire
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Could be very interesting, so much depends on COVID. Who will be out and who will be available to play. The football season even as it has been, has been a welcome distraction from everyday events. The Buckeyes sure did overwhelm Northwestern in the 2nd half, and Clemson just destroyed the Irish.
dturm 12/20/20 11:46am RV Pet Stop

Just a quick note RE: vaccination reactions. There was a report of an acute anaphylactic reaction to the Pfizer vaccination in an individual in Alaska. THIS IS NOT AN UNUSUAL OCCURRENCE when considering the numbers of vaccinations administered. During 43 years of practice and administering 10s of thousands of vaccines we invariably encountered allergic reactions. Probably in the dozens during the length of my career. All were pretty easily treated with appropriate medications with no long term complications. I will admit that the acute anaphylactic reactions in dogs and cats involved the skin (hives, itching and facial swelling) and seldom the respiratory system that is seen more frequently in people and the breathing issues tend to be more problematic. My advice would be to not let the fact that an allergic reaction occurred be a deterrent to getting a vaccination. If you have had previous allergic reactions to vaccinations (not just "normal" pain and discomfort) discuss this with your health care provider. To everyone, make sure you take the 15 minutes or so after the vaccination to allow the people administering the vaccine to observe for any possible reactions.
dturm 12/17/20 07:34am Around the Campfire

Aren't there already vaccines available for various coronavirus diseases in animals? I'm not implying they would work against Covid, but that our researchers certainly "recognized the enemy" and there was already groundwork for how to build a vaccine? (Maybe that was mentioned in the video that I will watch later) There are two coronavirus vaccines used in small animals, one in dogs and one in cats and also large animal bovine (I think) coronavirus vaccine that I'm not familiar with. There is no cross protection and entirely different methodology in creating the vaccine, these vaccines have been around for years and address creating immunity in a different (more conventional) way.
dturm 12/15/20 03:27pm Around the Campfire

Long video, but I'm interested in your responses. You took me back to school :B I'm happy there are scientists that are forward thinking, inquisitive and talented. There is a need for government support for scientific research even if the need isn't immediately apparent. The reason we have the knowledge and the ability to produce vaccine and anti-virals so rapidly is because of people like these at Vanderbilt. While the vaccine creation and production has been amazingly rapid, the actual methodology and knowledge base is years (decades) in development. The vaccines that have successfully gone through trials are safe and effective.
dturm 12/15/20 03:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Vaccine being ships first shots within 24 hours

Well they are supposed to get 100000000 million doses in DEC enough for 50,000,000 people and I don't think there are 50,000,000 hospital and first responders in this country. Especially since some of them say they will not get the vaccine. So nursing home and over 65 with risk factors will get at least some of the vaccine. I see there are about 2 M first responders and 17 M health care, and 1 M in nursing homes. Call it 20 M total and maybe 15 M will accept vaccine. That leaves 35 M The figures I've seen are that 50 Million doses of Pfizer's vaccine are expected this year (December) which is 25 million people. According to the CDC the are 18 million health care workers in the US. I don't know if this figure included ancillary personnel, housekeeping, janitorial, administrative and support personnel all who would have various increased risk of contacting COVID depending on their job. Then you would have to consider all EMT, police and fire personnel as first responders that should be considered in the first to be vaccinated group. We obviously will not have enough vaccine to address all of the individuals in this first group until after the next batch is produced.
dturm 12/12/20 04:55pm Around the Campfire
RE: Vaccine being ships first shots within 24 hours

My understanding is that in the US, each state determines how, who and when each person/category is cleared for vaccination. The states are supposed to use the CDC guidelines when determining their protocols. Being in a health profession, I have received Indiana's interim vaccination plan. It is quite comprehensive but still has to be filled in as far as specific individuals. Indeed first responders and health care workers (including support staff), long term care facilities are in phase 1a. After that "Individuals who are at particular risk of morbidity and mortality associated with COVID-19 disease based on the latest evidence-based criteria" are in phase 1b. Then people who could be at increased risk of contracting COVID and are essential workers. phase 2 Then general population. phase 3 The target production for vaccine is ambitious and there could be disruptions due to "supply chain" issues. The good news is that there are a few more vaccines due to be added to the supply early next year if approval is successful as these first two have been.
dturm 12/12/20 04:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

We're currently in the upper 40s so we'll get rain the tonight and tomorrow. Possible flurries towards Christmas, but temperatures are hovering around 30 and a little above. I don't think we'll have a white Christmas.
dturm 12/11/20 10:41am RV Pet Stop

The problem with modeling is that it relies on data that could be inaccurate. When the incidence is calculated on # of positive/population size we are relying on incomplete testing. The CDC recently estimated that we're only catching 1 in 8 positives ( I've seen estimates of 1 in 10). Our testing has been so inadequate that at best these calculators are a guess. Keeping track of positivity rates locally and the direction they are going and monitoring hospitalization rates and numbers and the way they are going tells me whether or not risk is increasing. I've heard doctors say the safest approach is to assume every person you contact out of your "bubble" is infected.
dturm 12/03/20 09:32am Around the Campfire
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

I marked myself "safe" for Florida's cold snap on FB! LOL :B Several years ago we took our vacation in Feb at Disney World. Florida had a cold snap during our visit. We had traveled from Indiana in our motorhome and of course had our winter coats. It was interesting walking around Disney with the fountains frozen and people shivering, buying up every hoodie available. We were nice and toasty in our coats.
dturm 12/03/20 07:50am RV Pet Stop
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
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