11 Signs That Let You Know Your Dog Is in Pain
Dogs can be good at hiding their pain. Pet parents need to pay attention to any subtle changes in their animal’s physical condition, behavior, or mobility.
If you notice your dog drooling even when it’s not meal time, it can indicate an oral cavity or abdominal pain. Your dog may also have trouble chewing hard foods when experiencing toothache.
2. Shaking and trembling
Your dog may shake or tremble if they experience muscle pain, abdominal pain, or pain in their back or spine. Dogs also tend to tremble when they’re in pain because
of arthritis or any physical trauma.
3. Rapid heart rate and breathing
Increased heart and breathing rate (panting) could indicate severe physical pain, including abdominal pain from severe
The Ultimate Guide to Shingles
You probably know Sen. Dianne Feinstein had a severe case of shingles requiring hospitalization and also developed complications. Shingles contributed to her contracting Ramsay Hunt syndrome and encephalitis. It is unknown if she was vaccinated for shingles or not.
Shingrix is a two-dose series, with the second dose given 2-6 months after the
“Studies have shown that when both
doses are received on time, the vaccine is 97.2% effective at preventing shingles for those 50 years and older,” says Dr. Craig.
It is unlikely for you to get shingles after receiving the vaccine. Shingrix is not a live vaccine.
The shingles vaccine is a one-time immunization.
Medicare drug plan coverage changed for the shingles vaccine expanding eligibility in 2023. If you have
a Medicare D plan or Medicare drug coverage, you are now eligible for Shingrix with no copay.
CVS Pharmacy quietly shuttered its SimpleDose multi-dose packaging offering at the end of March. The offering, which competed with services like Amazon's
PillPack, ended quietly and abruptly, with no announcement or press release.
The SimpleDose website was updated to inform patients that they would not be able to have prescriptions filled beyond their current order.
Multi dose pill packs do not save money (and often cost more), but are a convenience, especially if you have a number of medications and have trouble remembering which drug you need to
take and when.
"It's fine, so long as you don't need it for the big stuff"
A 79-year-old man with prostate cancer needed a PET scan, but his Medicare Advantage (MA) plan refused to pay for it. Another MA plan denied approval for a wheelchair for a patient with multiple sclerosis and a tibia fracture. Still another enrollee recovering from a stroke found he was ineligible for coverage for physical therapy.
The neurosurgeon treating a fourth patient, the late University of Connecticut
physics professor and melanoma patient Gary Bent, PhD, referred him for acute rehab after removing a lesion from his brain. But Bent's MA plan intermediary refused, putting him and his wife, Gloria, through a lengthy ordeal opens in a new tab or
window. They were told he "couldn't withstand intense therapy," she said.
He was eventually admitted to a skilled nursing facility, but was discharged from there after about 5 weeks because his MA plan discontinued payment, even though it turned out he had bacterial meningitis, she said.
4-Year-Old Convinced Father A Moron After 45th Consecutive Hide-And-Seek
GLENDALE, PA—Expressing embarrassment and disappointment over being the son of such a loser, local 4-year-old Connor Heyward was convinced Friday that his father, Craig, was a moron after losing 45 consecutive games of hide-and-seek. “This is bad. I’ve hid behind that bush a dozen times and this dumbass still can’t find me,” said Connor, confessing that after finding his father crouched behind a chair half his size, he had started to worry he might grow up to be a “complete imbecile” just like his dad. “At first, I thought I might be really good at this game, but after about an hour hiding underneath a hamper with visible holes, I realized he’s completely out to lunch. It’d be one thing if he was only bad at seeking, but so far, his best hiding spot was behind the back door. Who hides behind a
door? There’s no strategy to it whatsoever. One time, I went out to find him and he was just standing behind a kitchen stool—he wasn’t even crouched behind it or anything.” At press time, a visibly frustrated Connor emerged from his hiding spot to help his father search for his 2-year-old brother.
Summer is almost here. Vacations are planned. Things to do, people to see.
Have fun. Be safe. If you are traveling internationally the only travel medical plan I endorse is Geo-Blue.
In closing, Rachel will be having non-cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) on June 9th. This is a problem she has
had for years but has become worse and impacts her vision. The treatment is considered medically necessary and will be covered by Medicare. I will be her “eyes” for a few weeks following the surgery so this will be an adjustment for both of us.