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Old 04-16-2010, 08:15 AM   #1
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Sorry to hear that. I hope your vet can postpone the inevitable for a few more years.

Ours is almost 12, and has a permanent limp from tendon damage. Maybe too many Frisbee gymnastics, or too long walks. We give her aspirin for pain twice a day. Now there's a chance of bone cancer. We have too many little graves already on the hill in the woods overlooking where the deer come (used to come?) to drink.
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Old 04-16-2010, 01:14 PM   #2
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We lost our last rescue dog a couple of years ago ($300+ bill). Vet went all out to try and save her (sudden internal hemorrhage, could not stop the bleeding... shocked her heart 3 times, gave her two syringes full of adrenaline, just like people ... we were with her the whole time). For those of you who camp with pets, Please before you make a trip, find the location of the vet hospitals. Since we had been staying in the area for a while off and on, we knew where the one was for our dog. I had to get her shots while in Cordele, so they had treated her.... we were 12 miles from the vet.

Since we always carried our pets with us, I knew to bring copies of their vet records. Shots records, medicines, contact info for vets (all of them since they were regular patients in both NC & TN). I kept all the dog's and cat's vet papers in a folder. You can usually just carry the copies of work that the vet gives you when you pay the bill. When you get your pets' shots, get the Bordetella vaccine (also called a kennel cough shot). Kennel cough in dogs is caused by a bacteria called Bordetella bronchiseptica. Many kennels will not allow a dog in that does not have it. It's just a good thing to add to the routine shots (every year). I have run into a couple instances where the vets also required it before allowing our dog to stay overnight. Many campgrounds want proof that your pets have had rabies vaccines.

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Old 04-16-2010, 05:14 PM   #3
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Many campgrounds want proof that your pets have had rabies vaccines.
Good point. New York public campgrounds require ORIGINAL rabies vax certificates. It seems some cheap camper a while ago brought in a copy of a certificate that was actually doctored or forged, instead of getting the shots. I don't remember exactly what bad event with the dog exposed it. It was probably the dog nipped a kid, the hospital tried to confirm the vax with the vets, and when it was found to be a lie the kid needed shots. That ended the State accepting copies.
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:52 PM   #4
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Perhaps you can get your vet to agree to a payment schedule like hospitals do.

I didn't have a "pet" I had a furkid. The last one was a borzoi/husky mix (Borzoi is a fancy word for Couch potato). David taught her to say "MOM" (I hated that). She picked "her" cat out at the animal shelter. And she hated green peas but loved green beans. She was not a dog (and you didn't call her one without out getting "the look"). None of our furkids were ever "normal". She really liked the RV. Meant she could lay in our bed (her favourite place) and look out the big rear window... sticking her tongue out at others.

Forgot to add to my post above.... Please microchip your pets!
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I'm sorry to hear about your pups troubles. My cat and my three dogs are family members.
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Heh, I cook up homemade dog food for my dogs two or three times per week. It's healthy for them and I enjoy the fact that they get real meat in their diets, they sure enjoy it. It's easy enough to do shopping in the bargain bin at the meat counter when we grocery shop. I try to keep it at a dollar per dog per meal so they get pork shoulders, pigs feet, turkey necks and drumsticks, chicken and beef liver, chicken gizzards, beef kidneys and soup bones. Ham hocks are also pretty cheap to feed them. I watch for any type of meat that has price reduction stickers on it for a quick sale. It's quick and easy to boil it up for ten or fifteen minutes, let it cool and add it to their diet. I also mix in table some scraps with their dry food or boiled potato peels whatever I have that doesn't bother their digestion. Meat, vegetables, rice or gravy and broth work good, to many grains will give them diarrhea. I keep an eye on what they digest well and what they don't by noticing their stools when cleaning their pens. My dogs get fed once per day in the evening and they are sure fun to watch when they smell meat or see their old aluminum pot being walked from the house to the shop at feeding time.
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I hope your family frined gets better.

I lost my little buddy about a month ago- he helped me build the bus He gave us 17 years of unconditional love- will be missed alot. He was one of the dogs that is perfect, I could go on and on, but I'd start crying again. He died in my arms, and his pain is over, mine isn't over his loss. He was my friend, and part of our family. Will be a long time before I can have another one- maybe not ever again.
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Can I come eat with the dogs sometime? We pretty much share the same tastes
The dogs were fed cooked up chicken scraps, bones and broth poured over their dry food tonight. Be warned, they have issues.
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