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TwisterII
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 12 EmptyMon Aug 31, 2020 10:37 am

@amymeme by expensive and cheap I mean prednisone is more expensive at like $17 while prednisolone is cheap at like $8. lol. I am getting ripped off a bit on the insulin I give kenzi, or at least I thought I was until I saw what Costco raised their prices to. Suddenly the $44/vial for Vesulen didn't look so bad. Going to work on making the swap to the much cheaper $24/vial Novalin N hopefully. Vet says they've had a harder time getting dogs to regulate on Novalin though so I need to be used to home testing before doing that.

I will attest to the tasting nasty part. Prednisone and Tramadol both taste horrible. Keno, a dog with lab in his genetics, tried to starve himself when we first went on all his meds because the taste was so awful I couldn't hide it well enough in his food. I was hiding it in cream cheese and still struggling sometimes. As for side effects, the only I've had to deal with has been weight gain in kye. Makes him "puffy". and the increased drinking and eating urges. I haven't had any behavioral issues barring just the initial transition of being more hungry than normal. Cases of increased heart rate I've had have come from the weight gain and not the meds directly. I don't know if I would consider it long-term ever again for a dog barring anyway to avoid it, but for short-term ease for dogs on their way out it has bought us time we wouldn't have had otherwise.

I don't have one of those beds but I'm pretty sure somewhere on the site someone has brought these up before but this was the only thread I could find on it and it's not the one I was thinking of. I thought someone here had made one out of pvc pipe one time.

https://www.itsahuskything.com/t6458-coolaroo-elevated-dog-bed-vs-kuranda-dog-bed?highlight=elevated

I can't get any of mine to sleep on the bed that I have that's supposed to be good for their back and hips. All the kennels seem to use these style of beds now. Throw an old blanket on them and they seem to take to them decently.

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 12 EmptyMon Aug 31, 2020 12:33 pm

I just bought the Amazon basics version of the elevated bed for about $25. I bought 2 mediums and they seem pretty well built. I'm not sure how big Sasha is but Nikita is around 44-50 pounds to give you an idea of size.

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They're still new (had for maybe a week) so the dogs will investigate and sit on them if I have treats but haven't chosen to sit on them on their own.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 12 EmptyMon Aug 31, 2020 3:11 pm

@cheywhite that's exactly what I was looking for and the pictures help a lot!!

Sasha's apparent pain level varies from day to day (hour to hour?) and I'm looking for something that might be a bit more comfortable for her.  Sahsa's a bit overweight at about 55 pounds and she doesn't sprawl a lot when she lays down so this should work ... thanks muchly!!!

@twisterII I was surprised when a search only showed up that one topic. I wasn't looking for a "you get what you pay for" I was looking for some idea about whether they'll even use them or not and some idea of what the sizes really are.

That Amazon basic looks like it's worth the minimal cost to see ... now to see if she'll use it or if one of the others do (Avalanche would hang off on both ends but that's never stopped him from getting comfortable!)

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 12 EmptyMon Aug 31, 2020 6:43 pm

I'm glad I could help! I hope it works for Sasha.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 12 EmptyWed Sep 09, 2020 1:34 am

Well, after setting for four days just up the road from me (in Odessa, TX) we finally got the bed.  Put it together and realized that I was either going to have the bed in the middle of the floor or I was going to have to re-arrange some furniture.  So, my couch - that did set against an outside wall, is now in the middle of the floor with my liquor cabinet behind it, with some bookshelves on the interior wall beyond that.  Her bed sets in the corner of those two walls - which is where she's often slept.

Introduced her to the bed, she got on it and promptly walked off - figures, but then it's new.

Of course with the rearranging they're wandering around like it's all new .... oh well, they'll adapt!

ETA: That cold front that was up in Colorado yesterday went through here last night - I'm sitting here shivering at 58°, at least the precipitation was wet not solid (rain not snow/ice.) I'm not sure how much rain we really got but it was nice to get any at all. We had a great light show last night as I was going to bed and, I think, we had two nice showers overnight - at least the ground is wet enough I'm not getting out today, too muddy!!

Hope you all are doing well and (Colorado) don't worry, we'll warm up some before the real winter weather sets in!

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 12 EmptyWed Sep 09, 2020 2:27 pm

Seriously al right now i hate you. Its 22 out we got 3 feet of snow and lost power yesterday. No power means no heat or water. And no eta on when we will have power. The Desert Pack - Page 12 20200913
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 12 EmptyWed Sep 09, 2020 3:16 pm

Oh but the mountains in Colorado are so nice, great view either way.  Pretty snow but I'm glad it's not here - as, I bet, you're wishing it (or you) were somewhere else.

Talk about a freaky year ... hotter than blazes for most of the summer and then it got 'cool.'  Looking at the forecast for Denver - they'll be back in the 80's later this week / next week.  Look out for flooding ...

Since you're up there, you might enjoy this.  Back when I was in my, probably, very early 30's (this would be mid 70's?) after I'd gotten out of service, I took a trip from the DC area to visit a military friend who was stationed at Colorado Springs.  Late spring and it was a nice day so while his father was at work, the eldest boy and I decided to climb the mountain behind their house.  Fairly easy hike ... then we hit the road that ran around the base of the mountain and were greeted by some MP's who wanted to know what we were doing.  Seems as if we were climbing the back side of Cheyenne Mountain ... oops!!
I'd ridden over on a motor cycle and the night before I was going to head back, of course, they got about 6" of snow, warmed up nicely but my early morning start was delayed till mid afternoon.

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 12 EmptyWed Sep 09, 2020 4:56 pm

Really insane monday was 83 then yesterday it only hit 50 and snowed all day. I actually like the snow but i like my heater running. Currently 48 degrees INSIDE my house.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 12 EmptyWed Sep 09, 2020 5:53 pm

Al, does she have a blanket or something she likes to lay on that would mask the new smell with something more familiar? At least for a few days until she's used to it. Even a towel would do.

It's been a mild few days here. It's actually starting to warm back up and last I checked, that cold front was gonna skip us and it was gonna be in the 90s again. I'd love to see some snow this winter. Maybe not right this minute but when it's actually supposed to be snow possible weather here.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 12 EmptyWed Sep 09, 2020 9:50 pm

@Lostmaniac wrote:
Seriously al right now i hate you. Its 22 out we got 3 feet of snow and lost power yesterday. No power means no heat or water. And no eta on when we will have power. The Desert Pack - Page 12 20200913


I'm sitting here with my mouth hanging open. Flabbergasted. Hope you get some heat, soon soon soon. Just stacked wood last Friday and have been seriously lame until today. So much so, was working up to discuss ductless mini splits with husband.

Sigh. Maybe lame for a few days isn't so bad 🙄
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 12 EmptyWed Sep 09, 2020 10:18 pm

We just got power back, watching the news we set all sorts of records. Im shocked i got the new jeep out of the driveway. Most of my aspens look like weeping willows. So whats really really funny is we knew it was coming and still the hunters went out. And now alot of them are stuck because of trees on the road.

So i looked at ductless systems and ran into an issue with bottom temps. Would work for ac but its too cold for the mini systems.cost wise they are pretty reasonable when i was comparing them with rinnai heaters. Our rinnai heats the whole house really well. It has a bunch of add ons like wifi controls that i didn't get but it does the job

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 12 EmptyWed Sep 09, 2020 10:40 pm

Just looked the rinnai up. They seem to be program be propane? Propane out get is stinking expensive. Done of the new mini-splits are good down to 18° below. We rarely have temps that low, lady winter was an overnight of minus 11. Mostly our worst temps are into the single digits and teens several times a month January parts of February. December and March overnights occasionally mix teens, frequently low 20s. Daytime, usually a week of single digits, low teens in January/February with frequent temps high 20s, low 30s. And for October thru December and March thru May, the mini splits would be perfect. And. Our electric rate is only .10 kwh. Thanks to deregulation and voice your choice for supply. Supply is now billed separately from delivery. Delivery is fixed provider but you can choose your supplier. Also cost fixed or variable rate. My son gets variable rate and probably pays a bit less than we do in average over our fixed rate. But hubby more comfortable knowing our rate is locked in for 2 years with no surprises.

I'm still aghast. THREE feet of snow in early September affraid
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 12 EmptyWed Sep 09, 2020 10:49 pm

Rinnai does propane and natural gas. Our electric is expensive. So we run alot off propane. Handles -30 much better then electric.

Snow up here in September is normal 3 feet of snow in September is historic
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