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RE: Don't Panic

If you think the oxygen concentration at 19% wearing a mask is a problem, you'll really hate having to have 100% oxygen while in a COVID ward or on a vent.
dturm 07/08/20 05:20pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Sasha 1st birthday

Wow, that must be nice. Every dog we have ever had is a quivering mess as soon as they see we are pulling up to the vet office. :p Most of mine have been the same way, and their dad is the vet... Our Sasha is different though, she just wants to see everybody.
dturm 07/08/20 09:46am RV Pet Stop
RE: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

...You do understand that all the facts won’t be known until after the world population has achieved herd immunity.Then why are you so eager to dismiss any possible treatment as ineffective when all the facts won't be known for about another 9 months or more? I wondered the same thing. Very odd. Apples vs oranges. In medicine one is often confronted with a patient where you don't know what is going on. Worse yet is you know what is going on but there isn't a known treatment for that disease or the treatment you are doing isn't working. Sometimes you don't know all the facts until the autopsy is performed. The best case in these situations is the communications that go on between physicians trying to treat the same disease provide verifiable experiences with their treatment protocols. We're often confronted with anecdotal evidence that is wrong but at the time seemed appropriate. That's why after action studies are important. During something like this epidemic, what works becomes refined and what does not work is discarded. It is dangerous to become focused in and married to one drug or protocol thinking that it is the end all. The bottom line is the people who know best what works and what doesn't work are the people dealing with this on a daily basis. Those of us outside of the acute care personnel should avoid making pronouncement about appropriate care.
dturm 07/08/20 04:57am Around the Campfire
RE: Sasha 1st birthday

pictures, we need pictures!!! Happy Birthday, Sasha
dturm 07/06/20 05:47pm RV Pet Stop
RE: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

WHO determination was not based on one study but of multiple ongoing trials according to their press releases. I have not read any of the studies, so I'm basing my information on the press (could be a dangerous thing to do :)) “These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalised COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care. Solidarity trial investigators will interrupt the trials with immediate effect,” the WHO said in a statement, referring to large multicountry trials that the agency is leading.
dturm 07/05/20 06:30am Around the Campfire
RE: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

The problem with people/press who are not used to reading and interpreting medical/scientific studies is illustrated here. The tendency is to look for a study that supports your preconceptions and read the headlines and use that as proof that your position is correct. This type of study (retrospective, non-randomized, non-blinded study) has the least value when trying to make decisions based on the evidence. Some value, but not much more than a footnote. The fact that the WHO has suspended hydroxychloroquin studies has much more value when making informed decisions.
dturm 07/05/20 05:26am Around the Campfire
RE: Dr Doug cbd oil verus pain meds

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the Journal of Immunology, dogs with osteoarthritis improved after being given cannabidiol for four weeks. Mobility and signs of pain did not improve in dogs given a placebo or a low dose of CBD, but both improved significantly in dogs given the highest CBD dose or a CBD liposomal formulation, study leader Matthew Halpert said. Link to story This is the best kind of research and results are significant. Stay tuned for further information in the next year as more studies come to light.
dturm 07/03/20 05:27am RV Pet Stop
RE: Don't Panic

Our county fair got cancelled - probably a good thing as our county was/is the number 2 county in Indiana for COVID cases. The 4-H people are having smaller showings and online events.
dturm 07/01/20 10:04am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Martyn, hope all goes well.
dturm 07/01/20 09:48am RV Pet Stop
RE: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

It’s my understanding though, that when the day comes that the FDA approves a SARS-CoV2 vaccine for use in humans, that will be the first time ever for a coronavirus. Is that a correct statement? There are coronavirus vaccines that we have in veterinary medicine. We routinely vaccinate dogs with one that causes an intestinal disease. There is one for FIP in cats that is not regularly given. There is a bovine coronavirus disease (also intestinal if I remember correctly - it's been about 50 years since that course) and a vaccine for it. Doug, DVM
dturm 06/30/20 06:41pm Around the Campfire
Don't Panic

But I got three stories in a professional email today. Some of you may have seen the first in the major news feeds throughout the day today. 1. There has been a new H1N1 virus (more typical flu) variation found in pigs in China. It has been labeled as having pandemic potential. It is being monitored for mutation and potential spread to humans and birds. It is not now a threat, just has potential. 2. There is a viral epidemic spreading through the US rabbit population, both wild and domestic rabbits. It's called "Rabbit Ebola" but it is NOT an ebola virus and has no potential to spread to humans. It does cause hemorrhagic disease and death in rabbits. 3. Ferrets and mink appear to be very susceptible to this coronavirus. I guess there are some mink farms in Wisconsin and they are working with the state health department to monitor potential spread. My main reason for posting this is for reliable information distribution. Also to reemphasize our need for a robust public health community, surveillance and international cooperation to protect us all. Doug, DVM
dturm 06/30/20 06:31pm RV Pet Stop
RE: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

I'm old enough to remember the first polio vaccine. We lined up at the local high school and got a shot (this was before the oral vaccine was developed). I had a friend who had a mild case, just a little weakness. Everybody wanted to get protection. Unfortunately we have many who have forgotten, don't believe or have bought into the anti-vaccine propaganda. That is not to say that there are not risks to vaccination. If we get a safe, effective vaccine, this disease is bad enough that vaccination would be the lesser risk.
dturm 06/30/20 09:46am Around the Campfire
RE: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

Your statistical arguments are way beyond my level of understanding :) What this episode concerning the positive hair dressers and 140 clients tells me is: 1. Masks are very important is reducing spread of disease and 2. We need massive testing so potential spreaders can isolate and we won't have these situations as we open up.
dturm 06/27/20 05:30am Around the Campfire
RE: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

That's where you're incorrect. Science is exacting. And the science really has not changed from the beginning. The interpretation and recommendations have. The science says that a regular surgical mask or cloth mask does not prevent passage of the coronavirus. It does reduce the virus inhaled by about 20% - so you do get some protection versus not wearing. The early recommendations to not wear a mask were in part due to the lack of PPE supply and it was thought (accurately !!) that we would run short for medical personnel if everybody started to grab up masks. The new recommendations to wear masks takes into account that this virus spreads via respiratory droplets and community spread MUCH MORE easily that first thought. Wearing a mask reduces the spread that you could do by 80%. If you have any skepticism, go talk to a health worker on the front lines in any hospital in the US. If you are still not convinced, go watch a person sick with this disease gasping for breath. Dr. Doug
dturm 06/26/20 11:18am Around the Campfire
RE: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

I've worn a mask for the last 45 years, averaging probably 4 hours three times a week. I don't like them, could never find a way to prevent fogging glasses except tape anchoring the top of the mask to my skin. The discomfort isn't an excuse for not complying. I wear a mask now any time it is warranted and required. This isn't political, it's science and responsible behavior. Social distancing, masks, testing, isolation and contact tracing are the only tools we have until a vaccine is available.
dturm 06/25/20 04:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: heartworm meds in the mountain west

Our dogs are not on heartworm meds and never have been. They get annual checkups and more if needed, have never had a problem. You have been lucky. KEY POINTS: EPIDEMIOLOGY • Heartworm infection has been diagnosed in all 50 states and around the globe. • Environmental and climatic changes, both natural and those created by humans, relocation of microfilaremic dogs, and expansion of the territories of microfilaremic wild canids continue to be important factors contributing to further spread of the parasite. • A pivotal prerequisite for heartworm transmission is a climate that provides adequate temperature and humidity to support a viable mosquito population, and can also sustain sufficient heat to allow maturation of ingested microfilariae into infective, third-stage larvae (L3) within the intermediate host. • The length of the heartworm transmission season in the temperate latitudes also depends on factors such as the influence of microclimates, unique biological habits and adaptations of the mosquito vector, variations in time of larval development, mosquito life expectancy, and temperature fluctuations. • Heartworm transmission does decrease in winter months, but the presence of microenvironments in urban areas suggests that the risk of heartworm transmission never reaches zero. American Heartworm Society Guidelines
dturm 06/24/20 07:16pm RV Pet Stop
RE: heartworm meds in the mountain west

The recommendation to only give heartworm medication for summer months is about 40 years out of date. All reputable sources recommend giving heartworm medications all year around in all of the US. Doug, DVM
dturm 06/24/20 05:46am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Richard, the diagnosis may not be wrong. Sandy's Afib comes and goes. She's gotten to the point that she can "tell" or at least be suspicious of when her heart goes into Afib. We also have a Kardio Mobile monitor. It has been invaluable in assessing her situation. We had a period where her meds stopped working and the Kardia Mobile showed her in Afib. Working with her cardiologist we switched meds and she converted to normal rhythm. All it takes is a run of Afib for a short period of time for emboli to form and then be spread where ever (brain causing a stroke for example). Your monitor only measures what has gone on while you were wearing it. If they saw Afib while you were in the hospital and treated it, you may have converted to normal and just have not had another bout of Afib, yet.
dturm 06/17/20 10:51am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Richard, we have had way too much experience with strokes (both Sandy's family and mine). The brain can recover and new connections can be made. It is VERY important to start the retraining very quickly after the insult. There are great occupational therapy and physical therapy programs that can speed the recovery. There are also computer games/programs that can help reconnect or reroute the circuits in the brain. My unsolicited advice: do something, anything to try to gain back what ever you can. Doug
dturm 06/15/20 11:40am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Oh no. Keep the faith, Richard. We hope for your complete recovery.
dturm 06/09/20 04:51am RV Pet Stop
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