This post is in two parts, the first one being about Mojo. My vet has consulted with LSU, and basically they and he, were unable to come up with any other options than we already had, but the amputation has been ruled out by all as a non- viable solution.
The one thing that's different that we're going to try, most likely next week, is a biopsy instead of a lumpectomy. It won't really make much difference, since we've both decided to stop all surgeries regarding Mojo's cancer, but the biopsy is something my husband feels better about.( He's having a much more difficult time than I am deciding to just stop all medical treatments on Mojo.)
The second part of this post deals with buying prescription drugs online.
We've had all 3 dogs on Revolution since last summer and tried to order some online, with a script from the vet yesterday.
Up until recently, this was easily done , but we
were informed yesterday that there are so many lawsuits going on right now with (PetMed ?),that now, it's required for our dogs to be tested for heartworm prior to sending the script in, which, btw, used to be phoned in but now has to be faxed. As I understand it, (I wasn't the one getting the information or I would have thought to find out for sure) this blood test must be done each and every time one orders this particular item. We were only going to order 3 months at a time, so it would be a real PITA to haul all 3 dogs down 4 times a year for just heartworm prevention blood tests.
I am also unable to find out more online about this, so today I will be calling my vet again and talking to him and see if I can find out more.
If anyone has heard anything about this, would they be so kind as to post some URL's?
So, we're opting for the 6 month heartworm shot, which also requires a bloodtest before administering, and does nothing for tick and flea prevention so we'll probably go back to Frontline unless anyone has a better prevention method to suggest. I'm very annoyed by this, as I was a very pro-Revolution consumer, vastly preferring it to Frontline and all other formerly used treatments.
Just a heads up in case you've been used to ordering some stuff online that you used to be able to obtain easily.

Terri
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So, we're opting for the 6 month heartworm shot, which also requires a bloodtest before administering, and does nothing for ... by this, as I was a very pro-Revolution consumer, vastly preferring it to Frontline and all other formerly used treatments.

The 6-month shot scares the hell out of me. My vet won't give it. I don't use F+T stuff, so I don't have a good opinion on that (anyone notice Mikey's picture of Chazz has him wearing a flea collar? Yuck).

That reminds me - today is HW pill (chewie!) day! I do give this year 'round. Here in B'more, the suckers seem to survive even the coldest winters!

Janet Boss
Best Friends Dog Obedience
"Nice Manners for the Family Pet"
Voted "Best of Baltimore 2001" - Baltimore Magazine www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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(anyone notice Mikey's picture of Chazz has him wearing a flea collar? Yuck).

i've yet to find something as effective as amitraz collars for ticks. those collars may be yucky, but ticks and the diseases they carry are IMO far yuckier.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
i've yet to find something as effective as amitraz collars for ticks. those collars may be yucky, but ticks and the diseases they carry are IMO far yuckier. shelly (perfectly foul wench)

" Amitraz should not be used in cats.
Ingestion of amitraz, especially when the drug is incorporated into tick collars, can lead to poisoning and toxicity."
These two are enough for me to not use one. My cats are all over my dogs on a regular basis and Franklin has a habit of pulling on Lucy by the collar/neck area.
Janet Boss
Best Friends Dog Obedience
"Nice Manners for the Family Pet"
Voted "Best of Baltimore 2001" - Baltimore Magazine www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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" Amitraz should not be used in cats. Ingestion of amitraz, especially when the drug is incorporated into tick collars, ... over my dogs on a regular basis and Franklin has a habit of pulling on Lucy by the collar/neck area.

i didn't say amitraz wasn't toxic, nor did i recommend that anyone else use it. in my own cost-benefit analysis, it's the only viable option. others might come to the same conclusion, and i wouldn't ptoui their decision. not even Mikey.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
m29.aol.com:
I don't use F+T stuff

How do you repel fleas and ticks? From your dogs, of course.

Cate
How do you repel fleas and ticks? From your dogs, of course. Cate

My sister sometimes calls me a "mother monkey" because I pick over my dogs as such.
I think a lot of the repellant comes from within - healthy dogs don't seem to attract F&T as much (I am NOT saying that the dogs here who use F&T products are not healthy!).
Fleas are easier to avoid than the ticks IME. I keep my house cool, the dogs are often wet when outside in the summer, and I keep them well groomed. I also believe that I feed very well and that makes a difference IMO.

The ticks are another story, but still, we've had very few. I go over the dogs regularly, but particularly during high tick season. They don't seem to attach to Lucy at all - I've had her for 5.5 years and never found one. Franklin has had very few, and they've been attached on his head and easy to find and pick off early.
I haven't found a flea on my pets in about 8 years or so. And that time it was a LOT of fleas. A bunny ran into (rather than under) the fence, breaking it's neck (I assume). All of the fleas on the bunny jumped ship to the yummy dogs present. UGH. We got rid of them immediately though, and no further problems.

My dogs aren't exactly kept at home all of the time either, and we do have a yard that has wildlife in it regularly.
Janet Boss
Best Friends Dog Obedience
"Nice Manners for the Family Pet"
Voted "Best of Baltimore 2001" - Baltimore Magazine www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
My sister sometimes calls me a "mother monkey" because I pick over my dogs as such.

Please just reassure me that you don't dispose of the pests the same way monkeys do.
Cate
Please just reassure me that you don't dispose of the pests the same way monkeys do. Cate

Be assured that I do not. I DO remember my uncle bringing us chocolate covered bees and ants and such from Africa when I was little. hmmm - they tasted fine until we were told what they were!
Ticks get burned (I do get some satisfaction over that, and they DON'T drown!), and when there have been fleas, soapy water does the trick.
Janet Boss
Best Friends Dog Obedience
"Nice Manners for the Family Pet"
Voted "Best of Baltimore 2001" - Baltimore Magazine www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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