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

Sorry your wife is sick; hope she heals quickly. We're going about 40 miles to the Hollywood Casino campground, Joliet, IL. We're trying to escape the fireworks that are so prevalent in Indiana. We'll still get a show at the casino, but nowhere near the the issues we get at home with every person setting them off at all hours.
dturm 06/28/22 02:54pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Fireworks

I second the idea of a Thunder Shirt or similar product. They don't work all the time but enough that it's worth the try. We had one for a previous Golden but putting it on an 80# dead weight, totally limp, uncooperative dog proved more difficult than the benefit. Winnie really isn't THAT bad, she just won't eliminate with loud booms so the last trip outside has to be well before sunset. That makes for a long night. She just goes to a semi-enclosed area and puts her head under an end table. BTW, don't pass up the potential of "chemical" intervention. There are OTC meds and MANY more prescription meds that can be amazingly beneficial in lessening the anxiety. This isn't the old tranquilizers that we used to use but newer meds and combination protocols that can really help. We live in a state where fireworks sales are permitted and actually encouraged. Several years ago the state refused to increase restrictions and instead put a special tax on fireworks sales. The tax was supposed to go for fire personnel training. We do have restrictions on time and dates permitted around holidays, but we all know how that goes. Doug, DVM
dturm 06/22/22 12:25pm RV Pet Stop

Winnie - our new Golden - is afraid of loud noises, mostly thunder and fireworks. Kaylee is getting better as her hearing diminishes, she now only hears and reacts to the loudest sounds. I heard a financial report a few days ago and it appears that another sector that has been hit with large price increases is fireworks. I can only hope that the price increase is enough that people choose to buy gas, food and other essentials rather than fireworks. I'm not holding my breath...
dturm 06/22/22 10:31am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

I remember when we first started RVing and the credit card cut off was $50. I almost filled up in rural Illinois the end of May on the way back home and the cut off was $100. A couple of years ago I was filling at a Flying J and they put a $300 potential charge and my CC company put a stop on the CC before I could fill. BTW, when I filled in May the cost was $4.49. We were $5.89-5.99 last week but this morning were "down" to $5.35
dturm 06/09/22 12:49pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Best Route Frm Iowa I80 to New Brunswick, Class C+toad

You don't need to get multiple I-Pass transponders. Illinois allows registration of multiple vehicles to one transponder, we have 2 cars and one motorhome registered to ours. Vehicle license plate numbers and vehicle descriptions are entered in the system. They have velcro type attachments to allow you to move the transponder between vehicles. I know it's not in fashion to praise governments, but Illinois really did the tolling thing right when they upgraded to join the EZpass system. They remodeled their toll plazas and established an "open road tolling" system where you no longer have to stop at a toll booth to pay a toll. Traffic backups are reduced and you can often breeze through tolling stations at highway speed. The system reads the transponder, license plate and counts axles and then charges the corresponding account. During the pandemic it has allowed them to eliminate person to person contact by closing manned toll booths and allowing people who don't have transponder to pay tolls online (the system has recorded your license plate to catch people who try to game the system) Living in the area, it has made travelling around Chicago much easier. USUALLY.
dturm 06/06/22 04:54am Roads and Routes
RE: Best Route Frm Iowa I80 to New Brunswick, Class C+toad

We got an IPASS from Illinois. We have used it locally (IL and IN) and, on a trip east through Ohio, PA, NY and Mass. We had a single transponder in the motorhome and nothing in the toad. We have also been able to use it crossing into Louisville from Indiana (bridge toll) and on some of the Florida toll roads. I think most states rate a motorhome towing as a different class. As far as route, you are going to pay for the convenience of using a limited stop more direct route. We thought it worth the cost. BTW, Illinois does not charge a monthly or annual fee for the transponder and their web site makes it really easy to load your account as needed.
dturm 06/04/22 03:40pm Roads and Routes
Good News

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
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