We descended on the vet in chaos
We descend on our vet in chaos. It’s that time of year again, time for our annual shots! This is a military operation that involves mom bundling (bribing) us all into the car and then descending on our vet in a fur of activity. Mom has to ensure that we have the last booking of the day to make sure we don’t eat a cat or harass a small Yorkie. On arrival we all need to weigh in. Don’t be fooled, us weighing has none of the glamour of a boxer weighing in for a prize fight but rather all the chaos of chickens scrambling when a predator has invaded their coop. Trying to get us all on the scale (one at a time) AND to stand still long enough to actually get an accurate reading is a site to behold. Lily is the most cunning, over the years she has worked out that Helen, the receptionist, is a big softy and you only need to present her with the biggest puppy dog eyes and you’ll get rewarded with biscuits. Helen can literally not resist Lily’s charm.
On arriving at the vet, Lily instantly jumps out of the car, gallops straight through the door, turns lefts darts towards the scale, runs over it and then arrives at Helen’s desk eagerly waiting for her reward. Mom has to then convince her to go back and get properly weighed. Once Lily has been properly weighed she still continues to run back and forth between the scale and Helen’s desk trying to claim more rewards. At the same time Gracie is dancing everywhere, tail wagging non stop. Nelson is sitting sulking in the corner while Olivia is helping herself to a new bag of dog food while toppling over the display. All of chaos gives me the perfect opportunity to steal the teddy from the children’s corner and dash out the door…
I am however pleased to report that all went well, our favourite vet’s practice is still in one piece and we are completely up to date with our vaccinations. I just wanted to pause and, on a more serious note, take moment to remind dog and cat pawrents then importance of keeping our shots up to date. As some humans will be aware the Rabies crisis is still a very real threat! Dogs AND cats need to be vaccinated. KZN rabies project manager Kevin le Roux (world authority on rabies/adviser to WHO) warns that cats are playing a big role in the current outbreak (3 people have died of rabies from cats this year). He urges owners to please ensure that all your CATS & DOGS have been vaccinated within the past year. The first vaccination must be boosted 1 month later.
He goes on to say that “It is important to note that an infected cat or dog only needs to scratch you, or a child, or of course a visitor’s child to transmit the rabies virus. One of the issues with children is that in the course of an afternoon play date a child can be scratched and not tell an adult. Please protect your children and yourselves, and be informed, BE VERY WARY of visiting households – ANY households – with unvaccinated animals. Everyone needs to take responsibility. Last week there were TWO rabid dogs within Eshowe Town itself; one of these dogs lived with children. Rabies happens to YOU, not other people, and rabies is all around us”.
What should you do if there is a bite/nip or scratch from a dog or cat that you are not familiar with?
- Insist on seeing documentation and have it evaluated by an expert, do not just take someone’s word for it that their pets are vaccinated. If they cannot provide this, wash the wound with soap and water for at least 10 minutes.
- It is really important that you SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION as soon as possible. Do not ignore it.
It has also been advised that not all dogs and cats with rabies are vicious so do not pick up any strays, rather report the sighting to organisations who are equipped to rescue these animals in a safe way.
So get up to date with your vaccinations and be safe out there!