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    Re: Thoughts of Randomness VI

    I should not have been so unproductive during the break. FEeling the pressure now!


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    Re: Thoughts of Randomness VI

    Hope everyone is staying warm! Not too bad here now but the wind has been brutal!
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    a lovely 9 at the moment in CT
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    Re: Thoughts of Randomness VI

    It was a lovely -21 degrees when I woke up at 11 today. Gross
    On the good side I ran for 30 minutes with no leg pain! Finally.
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    Re: Thoughts of Randomness VI

    Quote Originally Posted by zeusywoo View Post
    The vet wouldn't give us anything other then the Trifexis something about the warm weather we were having & them needed it to protect from the heart worm. Sound right? I didn't think so but DH is the one to take them this time not me. I just wanted heartgurad.
    This is like some vaccinations and children. Everyone has their own thought process for their Pup family.
    Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes. In warm states it is an issue 12/365. North, you have to look at your region. When is the last time you were bit by a mosquitoes? When was the last time you saw mosquitoes in your area?
    Heartworm meds are orally ingested pesticides. One of the major heartworm meds got pulled off the market and is trying to make a slow comeback. Some of the meds are a multi-pesticide cocktail, several pesticides ingested all at once to kill many types of potential nuances (fleas) or life threatening larva (heart worm). Some vets suggest giving year round others favor giving the pets a break during cold months.

    Fleas I look at multiple ways. If a dog has fleas you can knock them down with a topical droplet and they are dead in 24 hours or less and the the droplet last a month to 3 months and you can give them baths inbetween. Or you can have the Pup ingest the pesticide in pill form or some injected. While I am not a fan of any pesticides I go with topical over ingesting them. On Walter, now 8 years old, I have put Frontline on him once, late this summer when I saw two fleas. I never applied again cause I never saw a flea again. Aside from having mice or wild rodents in your home, there is little chance of pups getting fleas in the North during the the cold months. They even die on wild life outdoors. Basically when you stop seeing crawling and flying bugs outdoors the threat is gone. That rule of thumb is the same for heartworm/mosquitoes.

    Heartworm I play Russian roulette. I have not given heartworm prevention to any of my last 3 dogs. It is a gamble. A personal choice. There are many possible side affects to some of these pesticides from auto immune diseases and disorders to cancer possibilities.The one Pup I did give it to for half her life I only gave it to her during the mosquito months. At times I want to scream when one of my customers will only feed their pets a Blue food but then doses them with several pesticides each month.

    Many vets have turned into big businesses. So many now push all these dental cleanings, endless vaccinations annually. I understand some dentals when really warranted but I've never had to have a dental cleaning for any of my dogs. Rawhide cleans their gums and teeth as does the hard kibble. Knocking them out is a risk just like for humans. By law I have to give Walt a rabies shot each year so I do. Research suggests one in their lifetime would do it. Rabies is almost non existent these days yet the law remains unchanged. Bordetella is another one. Doc's tend to give it to animals even if they are not going to be boarded annually. Where humans get vaccinated once or twice in a lifetime for the human version whopping cough, Pups annually. Lyme vaccine none of my animals ever got because the FDA has not found one safe for humans so I won't give it to my Pup. I've only vaccinated my Pup once for most diseases and never all at the same time. Others every three years (I don't board Walt) and unfortunately rabies annually, no choice.

    The best advice I can give other than to go topical when you can over oral (we spray ourselves with Off we don't eat the stuff) is to research the vaccines or pill you are being sold. Weigh the pro's and con's then decide which works best for your Pups. When reading the research avoid the pharmaceutical companies endorsing their own drugs or vets gloom and doom. Look for research independently done. Data of percentage of bugs that are carriers of heart worm or lyme. Fact for fleas living in frozen ground during winter or mosquito seasons in your region. Then decide.
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    Re: Thoughts of Randomness VI

    Quote Originally Posted by zeusywoo View Post
    Good evening all! I had a snow day!!!!! My office closed. Travel Ban would have kept me home anyway. Took me 40 min to get to the Dr yesterday from the office. Then another 20 home, that is a 10 min ride. But I made it home safe in a Blizzard. Dh took 1 1/2 hrs, he isn't sure how he made it throw some towns as it was blinding snow he said. i was so happy when I heard the garage door open. So my day off I worked out, sorted through photo's on iPhoto. Read my magazine, read a chapter in my book. Watched the weather outside with Dh trying to unbury us. He had to call in today as he couldn't get the snow blowers to work. They froze up..... We still have a Travel Ban though out most of the area, ours is until tomorrow morning as the blizzard is coming back our way. I hope all are ok. 2 Troopers were injured somehow trying to keep people off the streets & thruways. They were closed & still are from last report. Ok now to clean up from dinner & watch Planes!
    This storm was a bite! And is still biting. We have been in such a deep frozen tundra that the salt isn't working and the snow and ice is packed into the ground. So dangerous. Fortunate my snowblower started, our drive is 150 long and 1/3 is 3 cars wide. DH made it home with his car tonight. He had put it last night into the indoor bay to melt. He has never had to stay at a hotel before, though a few times I think he should have over the years.

    Be safe, stay warm. Don't loose those puppies in that deep snow. Wooba!
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    Re: Thoughts of Randomness VI

    Quote Originally Posted by wallfan329 View Post
    It was a lovely -21 degrees when I woke up at 11 today. Gross
    On the good side I ran for 30 minutes with no leg pain! Finally.
    We shared!
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    Re: Thoughts of Randomness VI

    Quote Originally Posted by zeusywoo View Post
    Yes very, I have to go to allergy testing again. Haven't since 2008. The Dr thinks it was the Aleve as I was on Naproxen for the Bursitis. i am on a steroid pack so yes today much better. I hoped while being nervous on DH I didn't get them again. I did a lot of breathing & yay I was good this a.m. Once the Town reopens I can try to get scheduled for the testing.
    *phew* Hope they figure out what it was. They could not nail down my DDs trigger. She did on her own one day as it kept reoccurring. It was an ingredient in the sugarless gum. We logged everything she ate and came in contact with but never thought of gum.
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    Re: Thoughts of Randomness VI

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    Re: Thoughts of Randomness VI

    Quote Originally Posted by HauntedGabe View Post
    Wisconsin: (shout out to Nicholas)

    On the Lac du Flambeau reservation in northern Wisconsin, a woman who couldn't start her minivan in temperatures of minus 23 degrees escaped injury when she slid hot coals under the vehicle to warm the engine chamber. The coals started a fire that caused damages to the vehicle. Duh.
    Genius. I can only shake my head at that one. If breathing wasn't an required function, I wonder if some people would have the common sense to do it.



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    Kinda like the woman who decided to feed her Christmas tree into her fireplace to get rid of it instead of bringing it out to the street. She then wondered why she had no eyebrows, shirt, or living room left after the thing exploded in front of her. Brilliant!
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    Re: Thoughts of Randomness VI

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    Genius. I can only shake my head at that one. If breathing wasn't an required function, I wonder if some people would have the common sense to do it.
    OK, your point well take as a professional. I now have to go find "the rest of the story" 'cause I think it will be fun to see your reaction!
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    Kinda like the woman who decided to feed her Christmas tree into her fireplace to get rid of it instead of bringing it out to the street. She then wondered why she had no eyebrows, shirt, or living room left after the thing exploded in front of her. Brilliant!
    As the saying goes, you can't fix stupid. Fortunately I am allergic to stupid.
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    Re: Thoughts of Randomness VI

    OK Jason, here it is the continuation of the the coals under the minivan story...........

    The coals started a fire that caused about $1,000 in damages to the vehicle, tribal Police Chief Robert Brandenburg said. He said he used to use the charcoal trick himself 20 to 25 years ago, but he doesn't advise people try it, especially on newer cars.
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