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Old 03-15-2011, 09:02 PM
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If they didn't see anything in the sample, I don't see any reason to do a culture as long as she doesn't have any other signs of an infection (not injection! Silly typo...).

I absolutely wouldn't pay up front for a sensitivity test since there will be nothing to test if the culture doesn't grow anything.

You might just talk to them about it by phone to see if there were any concerns. That will give them the chance to justify it or agree that it's not necessary.

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Old 03-15-2011, 09:15 PM
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Natalie, I totally agree with you. I did plan to talk to the vet tomorrow to ask these questions, but I was just interested to see if I'm looking at it from the right point of view or if perhaps I was missing something. Most tests the vet suggests, I can see the value of, but this was one that left me with questions.

I'll let you know what her reasoning is.

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Old 03-17-2011, 03:32 AM
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Always good to have your news, Carolyn - wishing you and Gretel the very best. I'll be watching for your update reports!

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Old 04-13-2011, 01:04 PM
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Hi Everyone,

Gretel went to the vet today to have a bladder x-ray (looking for stones), and also "gave" a urine sample to be cultured. No stones were found and since they also did a quick urine test at the office, there were no crystals to be seen.

Natalie, I asked the vet about why there would be a charge for sensitivity if the culture produced nothing. She told me that was how her office has always been charged by the testing lab, but she said "that's a good question" and she planned on calling the lab and asking them why. So thank you for putting that bug in my ear to mention it. I'll let you know what the lab's response was.

Anyway, Gretel now has cataracts. I've been anticipating and dreading hearing this news. I've suspected now for a while that she was developing them because of the way her eyes looked in the light. At this point she hasn't shown any obvious signs of failing vision - still catches a toy that was thrown from across the room and barks at people she sees from the car window. Runs up and down the stairs with no problem.

If we get to the point of considering cataract surgery for her, a big problem for us is that there are absolutely NO veterinary opthalmologists anywhere near where we live. We are in central PA and in the research I've done, it appears that our options are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Cornell at Ithaca, NY (which is where our vet refers her patients). We're talking about at least a 3 hr. drive from our home, no matter which we choose. Living in a rural area is nice, but as you can see, there are some disadvantages.

Just wondering if anyone knows of any others closer to central PA? I honestly don't even know if we could afford the surgery, but I would at least like to have a consultation to find out what our options are.

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Carolyn,
Great news on the bladder diagnostics!

I wonder if Gretel has nuclear sclerosis or actual cataracts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_sclerosis Did the vet look through an ophthalmoscope and see any occlusion to the back of the eye? It can be hard to tell the difference between the two. But nuclear sclerosis usually doesn't cause visual loss the way cataracts do.

As far as a veterinary ophthalmologist near you, I don't know of one closer. The eye doc we saw out here in CO went to Cornell and was quite good.

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Oh Carolyn! Such wonderful news about Gretel! THANKS for posting!

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Hello Everyone!

I know I've been mostly absent for quite a while, although I do get on once in awhile to see what's been happening with everyone. It's been a very busy summer.

I have a question today. I'm wondering if any of you have found it necessary to use weed killer anywhere in your yard or garden, and if you know of one which is safe to use around pets.

We have an area inside our fenced in back yard where a tree had been cut down last fall, and which is now sprouting weeds faster than you can blink an eye. Some of them have roots apparently all the way to China.

We recently hired someone to do our yard work and he suggested using weed killer in that area. He told me that you must keep any animals away from the area for 24 hrs. after it's been sprayed. Of course, I won't let him do it until I know exactly what he plans on using and check it out fully for safety. Just wondered if any of you have had this experience and what you've done or used. I would think something that is a natural product and not a chemical would be best, at least for pets, maybe some of you might know of something like that which really works well.

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Old 08-29-2011, 02:54 PM
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Hi Carolyn,

I use white vinegar, straight from the bottle, don't mix with water - totally organic and safe to use around pets and children. The smell is enough to drive Ladybug (and me!) away.

For really stubborn weeds, I mix salt with the vinegar - 1 tablespoon table salt to 1 cup white vinegar. You can also add about 1 teaspoon dish detergent per cup of vinegar - helps the solution stick to the weeds. However, don't spray this around any plants or grass that you don't want to kill.

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I have also heard of Gin.... But this would be expensive weed killer, unless you have some in the liquor closet that you want to get rid of. Or perhaps if you drink some while killing the weeds, you will not see them any longer

But seriously, I have heard of gin as a weed killer.
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Or perhaps if you drink some while killing the weeds, you will not see them any longer
Or you just don't care any more!

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