Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-03-2003, 07:34 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
71Overlander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 31
Images: 2
Unhappy Our Second Outing, Dog's First....not so good!!!

We returned today from our second outing in the Overlander. We wanted one last long weekend getaway before the kids start school on Wednesday. We decided to take our miniature dachshund on her first camping trip. All was going well until 1 pm Saturday when she was bitten by a snake. (One good note: thank goodness it wasn't one of the kids, they were walking her at the time).

To summarize the rest of the weekend....no vets open in the immediate vicinity. Had to drive an hour to the emergency vet, who suspected a copperhead bite and treated her with a couple of shots of Benadryl. Got back to campsite around 6, looked as though she was improving. By bedtime at 11, she looked much worse. Made another trip to the emergency vet, who decided to keep her. Back to campsite at 4:00 am (no sleep yet!) Woke up this morning to a steady, pouring rain so got very wet while preparing to leave. Called vet as soon as we had a cell signal....she was not improving and they recommended an antivenin treatment (which is $450). They also now suspect it may have been a rattlesnake bite. We opted for the treatment but it required she stay another night.

We have to drive back up there tomorrow to pick her up. We did get good news earlier, the vet called and said she is responding well to the treatment. I hate to see the final bill.

Hope everyone else's weekend was much better!

Cyndi
__________________

__________________
71Overlander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2003, 07:57 PM   #2
Moderator
 
Stefrobrts's Avatar

 
1968 17' Caravel
Battle Ground , Washington
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 11,906
Images: 50
Blog Entries: 1
My goodness, what a terrible adventure! I hope she recovers and is %100 again soon. I'll bet she won't be eager to go on another trip though! Glad the kids didn't get bit too. That's scary!

BTW, you've probably thought of it now, but we keep a fully stocked first aid kit, with stuff for people and dogs in the trailer, just in case. Benadryl is part of the kit. It might help a little if something happens and you're far from help, though as we learn in first aid class, in all circumstances the best thing to do is to get to a professional as soon as possible.
__________________

__________________
Stephanie




Stefrobrts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2003, 08:08 PM   #3
2 Rivet Member
 
71Overlander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 31
Images: 2
I have the beginnings of a first aid kit but it did not contain Benadryl. I was able to get one from a neighbor but her mouth and nose were so swollen I wasn't able to get it in her mouth without causing her a lot of pain (the bite was on her nose).
I will definitely be adding Benadryl to my kit.

I told my husband the poor thing will probably never want to get near the AS again!
__________________
71Overlander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2003, 08:22 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Pahaska's Avatar
 
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Hays County , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 5,822
Images: 3
Our pets are pretty costly

Saturday two weeks ago, I came home and found our diabetic old cat in the back of our closet in convulsions. I rushed to the vet at up to 90 MPH, only to find that he was unreachable for a couple of hours. From there, I went to the Pet Emergency Hospital which fortunately was only a few miles away. The cat was hypoglycemic and his blood sugar was so low it didn't read on the tester. In went the glucose drip ($100+). By an hour later, he was up and eating., but he had another hypoglycemic attack that night.

He came home in 2 days, after we paid a $600 bill, but he is well worth the cost after 13 years with us. He was mighty confused for a few days, but he is fine now. I figure he lost about 8 of his 9 lives that day.
__________________
John W. Irwin
2014.5 Touring Coach, "Sabre-Dog IV"
WBCCI #9632
Pahaska is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2003, 08:53 PM   #5
4 Rivet Member
 
KIMILI's Avatar
 
2004 25' International CCD
Salem , Massachusetts
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 457
pet's cost

Hello Pet lovers!

we have two dogs who are practically our kids.

One of them, the pure Husky was born with a Gastro Esophogitis (not sure of the spelling of that), which his previous owner never treated. Since we got him we dealt with all kinds of vets and specialists. Let's just say that the total of the bills wiped our savings.

That's when we found out about Pet Insurance and immediately covered both our dogs.

The first insurance carrier always had an excuse for not paying certain services. So we switched to a more expensive and - on paper - more comprehensive carrier. PetInsurance.com

Terrible experience!
Great concept and polite customer care who unfortunately promise and give information which turns out to be false: their slogan claims they pay in 5 bussiness days!!...then they excuse themselves by saying they're computers were down, didn't get the mail...etc.

We have a whopping 9 legitimate claims open with them. It is over 6 months and we're still waiting for our $!!

Needless to say, we've cancelled this service and are now back to square one.

When I went hiking in places inhabited by snakes, I always carried a first aid kit containing anti-venom for the most threatening snakes of that area. I got the venom from the local anti-poison center. Well, that was back home of course.

I'm not sure how that works here but I'll check.

Wish your puppy best of luck.
Cheers
Kimili
__________________
KIMILI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2003, 09:05 PM   #6
4 Rivet Member
 
WayWard Wind's Avatar
 
2004 25' Safari
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 424
Yep---Pets are sometimes costly, but a responibilty when we bring them home. Some years ago late on a Sunday night returning home from a sled dog race, when things didn't "feel right". In looking out the side window I saw one of my biggest fears. Next to the truck was our trailer full of sled dogs. Needless to say the trailer ended up going over ( thank God no one happen to be passing ). The rest of the night was a nightmare, picking up the pieces in -20 degrees, injured dogs being treated & bandaged. The cost? Well it was a responibility we took on when we brought them home. As a result some of my best dogs lost some speed, but they were always ready to run when I wanted them too & for me, that's what counted. We were after all a team. Makes me sad to even think about it again. Pets---aren't they great?
Best,
__________________
Home of the Wayward Wind

Bogfrog & Mr. Turbo

If in life you stumble, make it part of the dance
WayWard Wind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2003, 09:36 PM   #7
3 Rivet Member
 
Diana Langley's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 118
Images: 13
Send a message via Yahoo to Diana Langley
My dogs ARE my kids! We all hope they live a healthy and pain free life, but unfortunately, that is the rare exception.

The dog that I got as a 5 week old pup was diagnosed with two forms of cancer when she had just turned 10. she was given a 6 month prognosis.
Now, she had saved my life once so I owed her big time. I've spent $20k on her in the last two years.
There were cheaper options, but it involved amputation and chemotherapy.
Not a good quality of life for my best friend.
5 weeks of radiation, change of diet and suppliments, monthly follow ups from now on.

She's worth every penny and I have no regrets at all.

She turned 12 last month and is doing fine. We go to the park and play frisbee every day, and I hope she's still around for my trip to Texas this winter.
__________________
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Pet Sitters take the "Board'em" out of Travel !
http://www.pawprints-petsitting.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Diana Langley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2003, 09:38 PM   #8
Huh?
 
Ultradog's Avatar
 
1975 27' Overlander
Twin Cities , Minnesota
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 494
Images: 8
Sorry to hear about the misfortunes of your "Longnose".
And I'm very glad for you to hear he/she is coming around.
Funny but the first weekend I spent in my A/S with my dog
she jumped wrong or did something and ended up with a pinched nerve in her neck.
$250 later the Vet told me she'd be okay just needed a muscle relaxant and some anti inflamitory pills.
Yep, a guy will nearly tear his pants apart getting his wallet out if that'll save them.
Don't know what I'd do without my little Longnosed Pal.
George is a Rat Terrier.
Of course I tell her she's a Rat-Fink Terrier.
Doesn't matter much what I call her. That little stub of a tail
keeps wagging like there's no tomorrow.
Hope your's keeps wagging too.
Jerry
__________________
Ultradog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2003, 08:13 AM   #9
3 Rivet Member
 
1996 30' Excella
Brighton , Michigan
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 191
Images: 19
Like John Irwin we also have a diabetic cat who requires two shots of insulin a day, at 12 hour intervals. We were instructed by the vet to keep corn syrup handy in case the cat goes into hypoglycemic shock, of couse you still have to rush him to the vet. But he is such a great cat its worth it.

Jim
__________________
apple 1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2003, 11:13 AM   #10
Moderator
 
Stefrobrts's Avatar

 
1968 17' Caravel
Battle Ground , Washington
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 11,906
Images: 50
Blog Entries: 1
Cyndi, be sure and let us know how your girl's doing when you pick her up today. We're all hoping for the best!
__________________
Stephanie




Stefrobrts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2003, 11:37 AM   #11
Rivet Master
 
Pahaska's Avatar
 
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Hays County , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 5,822
Images: 3
Diabetic cat

Quote:
Originally posted by apple 1
Like John Irwin we also have a diabetic cat who requires two shots of insulin a day, at 12 hour intervals. We were instructed by the vet to keep corn syrup handy in case the cat goes into hypoglycemic shock, of couse you still have to rush him to the vet. But he is such a great cat its worth it.
Jim
My wife is off to Michigan for a week, so two cats, insulin, syringes, my kayak, and I are off to the state park for a few days. They are a lot of company when I'm off by myself.

The trip to the Airstream Homecoming will just be myself and the 15-month old, non-diabetic cat. My wife is staying home with the old fellow. She doesn't like to give shots, but she does when she has to.
__________________
John W. Irwin
2014.5 Touring Coach, "Sabre-Dog IV"
WBCCI #9632
Pahaska is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2003, 07:46 PM   #12
2 Rivet Member
 
71Overlander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 31
Images: 2
Bailey Update

Bailey is home and seems to be very glad to be here. We got a couple of little half-hearted tail wags today, so things are looking up a little. She is not quite out of the woods yet, there is a patch of skin on her muzzle that is dying so it is rather messy and of course very susceptible to infection. She is getting mega-doses of antibiotics that will hopefully ward off infection. The swelling has improved since this morning. She drank a little water and has eaten a little bit so that's always encouraging. She has an appointment with our regular veterinarian tomorrow to check things out.

Don't get me wrong with my first post, the money is no object when it comes to her. She is truly a loved member of our family and worth every penny it costs to get her well.

Kimili, thanks SOOOO much for posting your experience with PetInsurance.com. My husband had picked up a brochure in the vet's office and I was going to go on their website tonight and request a quote just in case we have future mishaps. Don't think I'll bother now!

Thanks for all of the well wishes, I'll keep you updated on her progress!

Cyndi
__________________
71Overlander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2003, 08:21 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
Astrodokk's Avatar
 
1992 30' Airstream 30
Santa Rosa , Northern California wine country
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 618
Images: 4
My story

Rescued two dogs from one day away of being destroyed at the pound. Seems like they knew it and were grateful. They had been together for 5 yrs. when the po gave them up. I didn't want to separate them. They were my Army buddies. When Baby was 13, I left for 2 weeks of duty. When I came back, she was almost dead from some infection she got after I left. My ex said that she had disappeared and thought she ran away, but I think she hid. They didn't get along. Tried to get a vet (Sunday). No emergency hospitals here. She was suffering and I couldn't stand it. My ex father in law who owns alot of animals and horses told me the best thing to do was to put her down myself. He gave me his pistol, and I had to do it. I cried alot. I vowed to let her boyfriend, Fred, (sorry Fred H.) to live to old age. He died in my arms three yrs. later, warts, blind and deaf, but boy could he smell food! He loved me to the end. I actually held him until he started getting stiff (a long time). I finally had to let go and bury him too. I told myself that I would not have a dog again for a very long time if ever. And I hated cats...until Silver the kitten came into my life. He's a COOL CAT. He loves me alot. Go figure.


PS sorry if this is too graphic..it's true, and thanks for letting me tell it here Airstreamers.
__________________
Astrodokk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2003, 09:16 PM   #14
2 Rivet Member
 
WolfSong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 67
Images: 30
Dear Bailey,

I am sending my very best wishes to you for a full and speedy recovery! I hope you are out camping very soon.

Kira (BTW I am a Siberian Husky and thank goodness I have never been bitten by a snake! I was bitten on the nose by a bee once and that hurt real bad - can't image what a snake bite felt like!)
__________________

__________________
WolfSong is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pets in the motorhome eraffety The Pet Forum 32 03-26-2007 09:04 AM
Good dogs, bad owners? Edie The Pet Forum 13 03-04-2004 12:12 AM
Good dogs are never forgotten! Fogducker The Pet Forum 1 01-25-2004 08:03 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:05 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.