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Where has DrMark our lovely vet gone?

  1. LongTimeMother profile image97
    LongTimeMotherposted 17 months ago

    I have been visiting DrMark's hubs for years, every time one of my dogs has a problem. He's such a friendly and knowledgeable vet. But I've just looked for him and he's gone!

    Does anyone know where he is writing now? I can't even recall the precise title of any of his hubs to google for him. Can anyone help me with a clue please?

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 17 months ago in reply to this

      DrMark1961  Is this the same Dr. Mark?  I just accessed his profile.  This one is a vet in Brazil.  I think it's the same person.

      1. LongTimeMother profile image97
        LongTimeMotherposted 17 months ago in reply to this

        Thanks, TT2. I forgot the 1961 ... and hp search is not what it used to be.  Thanks again.

        1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 17 months ago in reply to this

          No problem.  I am used to seeing him as Dr. Mark, also.  I did a search on HP and that's how I found him.  I agree.  Losing him would be a terrible thing!

    2. DrMark1961 profile image91
      DrMark1961posted 17 months ago in reply to this

      Hi I just posted a reply to your heartworm (I hope not!) question. I hope everything is okay with the dog.
      I was out in the country all day working with spider monkeys on a cocoa plantation!

      1. LongTimeMother profile image97
        LongTimeMotherposted 17 months ago in reply to this

        Hi! I was afraid you'd moved on, but when I searched for you I just put in DrMark and no number. New hp search didn't offer me any option other than a hubber of 6 years standing who has no hubs.

        Anyway, I've been to the vet and discovered he must have eaten a dead mouse or something with rat bait in it. They said probably 3 or 4 days ago but symptoms are just showing now.

        They've done a clotting test. He has 'quite delayed' clotting, but still has plenty of red blood cells floating around.

        Giving him intravenous vitamin K and keeping him in for a couple of days.

        Thanks so much for getting back to me!  (I won't write this long answer on your hub because I don't want to mess with your google rating by going off topic on your hub.)

      2. LongTimeMother profile image97
        LongTimeMotherposted 17 months ago in reply to this

        I do hope you're going to write about those spider monkeys!!

      3. LongTimeMother profile image97
        LongTimeMotherposted 17 months ago in reply to this

        Mark, I am about to do the long drive to the vet to take the dog's bed in. (Forgot to take it earlier, drat.) 

        I will log in again when I get back to see if you have any words of advice for me. I am wondering if you'd mind helping me with this question ...

        Apparently I'll be giving the dog oral Vitamin K for a month after he comes home (in a couple of days), but I've been told by someone else the dog meds are ridiculously expensive so I should use human Vitamin K instead.

        Is that okay to do?

        Oh, and for anyone who stumbles across this thread and hasn't read Dr Mark's hubs ... Go and read them! And share them! 

        You, Mark, are my go-to vet every time I have a dog problem!! I love your hubs! Thanks again for responding so promptly. smile

        1. DrMark1961 profile image91
          DrMark1961posted 17 months ago in reply to this

          I do not know why the vit K for dogs would be more expensive. Yes, they are just the same product!
          http://usercontent1.hubimg.com/12654034.jpg

          This little guy was freaking out when I took this picture. I think he was worried I would post it on HP.

          1. Solaras profile image91
            Solarasposted 17 months ago in reply to this

            Haha - that's a funny looking little guy!  What are you doing for or to the spider monkeys?

  2. Farkle profile image88
    Farkleposted 17 months ago

    LongTimeMother, my dog got into rat poison once and was told that vitamin K for humans isn't the same thing. Please be very careful about this as rat poison can kill! Ask your vet for the right formulation. Here is what I found:

    "Fortunately, this specific type of mouse and rat poison does have a prescription antidote called Vitamin K1.Over-the-counter medications or food with high vitamin K content will not be sufficient substitutes. " Pet poison helpline

    "Vitamin K3 (Synkayvite, Roche) is not effective for treating rodenticide toxicity due to its delayed onset of action." Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine"

    "Most OTC Vitamin K is not in the right formulation to treatment for rat poisoning. If you suspect exposure I would recommend you see your vet or an emergency clinic ASAP for the correct formulation." DVM Dave

    "Vitamin K3 and VitaminK1 are VERY different. You CANNOT substitute for the treatment of bleeding disorders." Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

    "Human vitamin K is not acceptable as dogs and cats cannot utilize it."Captain Doctor Dave's Wilderness Veterinary Companion for Cruisers and Other By David LaVigne


    Sources:
    http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/47 … -dogs.html
    https://answers.yahoo.com/question/inde … 347AA8Tlhx
    https://books.google.com/books?id=dVjlu … mp;f=false
    https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/Sects/Coag … vitamk.cfm
    http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison … at-poison/

    1. LongTimeMother profile image97
      LongTimeMotherposted 17 months ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Farkle. My dog spent three days under the care of my local vet, getting Vitamin K injections. Now begins the Vitamin K1 tablet stage.

      I did mention it to my local vet after DrMark1961 gave me the confidence to ask. (Thanks Mark!) And yes, the K1 my dog has to take is the same as the K1 packaged for humans - but I'd have to check dose amounts. (He's just on 1/4 of a tablet.)

      It cost me over $60 for ten and a half tablets for the dog. A bottle of 80 for humans would cost about $40.

      Unfortunately because I live so far away from anywhere with K1 in stock, it would cost me about $50 in fuel to get some. lol.

      Yep, I paid the $60. Just happy to have the dog back home. smile

  3. Farkle profile image88
    Farkleposted 17 months ago

    Ah, OK, good to hear you consulted with your vet. Here in the USA the over the counter vitamin K for humans is totally different than the one needed for dogs. I learned the hard way and my vet scolded me just for thinking of trying the OTC version. I wasn't lucky as you, I had to pay hundreds and hundreds or dollars for the veterinary formulation, but what matters is that my Pepper is safe and this was a story of the past. I hope your furkid gets better soon.

    1. LongTimeMother profile image97
      LongTimeMotherposted 17 months ago in reply to this

      The bill from the vet was over $400, but it was itemised and the Vitamin K tablets to use now he's home cost a little over $60. It would have been much more if he'd needed a blood transfusion ... but fortunately that wasn't needed.

 
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