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bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Aug 15, 2014 - 11:23am PT
anybody have pet insurance? after maggie's (RIP) cancer it seems like a good idea...any recommendations on the various plans available?
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 15, 2014 - 03:24pm PT
Pet insurance has been a good deal for us on several occasions. Just like people, your pets can run up large bills in a hurry if something goes wrong (and you're not ready to just let them go). Also like people, it's better to sign up before they have some "pre-existing condition" that won't be covered later.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Aug 16, 2014 - 10:49am PT
A late Friday night out at the neighborhood barbecue
A mile walk in the woods followed by breakfast

ahhhhh........finally
Credit: HighTraverse
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Aug 17, 2014 - 05:25pm PT
On the West Ridge Trail of Green Mtn.

Jasper.
Jasper.
Credit: Edge

Summit shot.
Summit shot.
Credit: Edge
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Aug 17, 2014 - 05:53pm PT
^^^
That's a happy dog.
perswig

climber
Aug 17, 2014 - 05:56pm PT


Dale
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Aug 18, 2014 - 10:43am PT
thanks, Chiloe, which plan do you have?
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Aug 22, 2014 - 12:52pm PT
Max has had a couple of episodes in the last several days where he seems to lose balance, and stumbles slightly, followed by a somewhat unsteady gait for a few minutes. Today's episode also exhibited very slight tremors.

At the first episode, I thought perhaps he had encountered some kind of toxin- he had refused a treat about 30 minutes prior, however he voraciously ate breakfast afterward. Both episodes I've noticed thusfar have been in the morning.

Toxins seem less likely, though, as his diet is very controlled, and he is almost always very close. He doesn't really exhibit signs of intoxication, either- he remains pretty much normally attentive, normal diet, no drooling or salivating, stool is normal.

I'm thinking more likely to be some kind of genetic neurologic issue- since he's a rescue, I don't know his true roots...could easily have been some kind of puppy mill where all kinds of genetic weirdness happens. He's only about 4-5 years old.

Gonna keep a close eye on him for a while, but as such neurologic/seizure disorders can be relatively common in some dogs, I'm curious about others experiences in diagnosing & managing them.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2014 - 04:14pm PT
thanks, Chiloe, which plan do you have?

ASPCA. Under the plan we had, they covered about half of Jack's ACL surgery, something like $1500 out of $3000 (ouch anyway). The coverage specified accidents, not illnesses, and that qualified. But when our other dog got an infection, unfortunately, we paid the bill for that ourselves even though we thought it likely came from fighting with something wild (unproven). You get what you pay for in dog insurance just like anything else, accident+illness is available at a higher price.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Aug 22, 2014 - 04:28pm PT
Apogee,

Try an over-the counter treatment for tapeworms. My Labrador has had what we thought were seizures that were caused by tapeworms.

Don't know if it will help, but in my case it was an easy fix.

apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Aug 22, 2014 - 04:44pm PT
Hmmm....interesting. How dramatic were the seizures? Ever get any kind of pharmacologic reason as to why it worked?

Max's events have been very mild (so far)...a slight loss of balance/stumble, followed by a very few, slight tremors.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Aug 22, 2014 - 05:01pm PT
I thought she was dead! She was stiff, her gums were grey, and her tongue was almost black. She couldn't walk, or even move much.

She probably had some symptoms before the big seize, but because she spends her days laying around sleeping, I didn't notice anything wrong until she didn't show up for dinner

Good luck.
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado, Nepal & Okinawa
Aug 22, 2014 - 07:11pm PT
I have a cat with similar symptoms and it's because of heart disease. If his heart slows down too much, he faints and then pants and then has a seizure just before waking up. Asthma meds speeded up his heart rate and now he's ok.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Aug 25, 2014 - 08:23pm PT
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Aug 25, 2014 - 09:16pm PT
Credit: Ward Trotter

Afternoon nap on a hot day.
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Aug 25, 2014 - 09:36pm PT
Best friends. Usually.
Best friends. Usually.
Credit: Edge
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Aug 26, 2014 - 10:41am PT
Update: Yesterdays vet visit yielded no answers. More x rays were taken, and now shes been out on prednisone, and muscle relaxers as they think it could be some sort of spinal issues. She hadnt eaten until this morning in a day and a half. Shes a pretty sick lil girl. Even my bird Max knows shes not feeling well.


Meanwhile, im a puddle of a nervous wreck. Id rather loose an arm or a leg than have my critters be sick. Thats no chyt.


So if youve a mind to,, say a little prayer to the spirits for my lil Sally-O lords knows she deserves it putting up with me..



B-Port valley Sally...
B-Port valley Sally...
Credit: Ron Anderson
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 26, 2014 - 11:06am PT
hey there say, oh no... sure will pray for sally-o, ron... oh my...

and chaz--wow, nothing like a mouser-dog, oh my... :)

love the dogs in sync, pic, edge...

:)


jan--wow, very interesting info, on the cat and such...



so much more to see and share... not much time, just now...
thanks for sharing, everyone...

patty ann marie, the ol' pup-dog here, has been busy with eye-out for
little rabbit, that had took to eating up the beans, here, but--it is fenced out, i hope, now... :)

but she is still vigil for:
it, squirrels, and chipmunks, and--
had even CAUGHT a mouse, like yours did, chaz, :))
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Aug 26, 2014 - 11:26am PT
Best wishes for your Sally girl, Ron.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Aug 26, 2014 - 03:26pm PT
Healing vibes sent to Sally O,
she's a good doggy!
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