What fun indoor or online games have you been enjoying since the pandemic started? Do you have a gamer husband or partner? Or, do you have gamer kids? Do you prefer board or card games instead? I actually do. I can say that it was my husband who influenced our kids. They even talk and discuss strategies, updates, and characters of the online games they play together.
Wellness check-ups and vaccinations are highly important for our pets to stay healthy and happy. With Kiro, every vet visit is physically tiring but fun and memorable. Even if we got to be a little seriously cautious when going out, funny Kiro makes everything lighter. His first vet visit was crazy hilarious when he couldn’t help drop a little round poo inside the tricycle and peed as soon as we got off.
During this pandemic, every trip outside our homes needs to be scheduled and well-planned. I had to bring Kiro back to the vet after 2 weeks from his first 5-in-1 shot. We were done and back home in less than 30 minutes. It wouldn’t be possible if we did not follow our schedule. I made sure to exchange text messages with our vet before our visit.
Our third vet visit for Kiro has been moved to a week later because of the ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine) implemented that same week we were supposedly scheduled. That visit was also a quick one but the most challenging of all. It was just me and Kiro, and as soon as we got out of the clinic, the rain poured. It was quite hard to carry our heavy pet dog while holding an umbrella. I am glad that the clinic is just near, or we might have soaked in the rain.
Kiro has finally completed his vaccines for this year (as a puppy), all 5-in-1 doses, and anti-rabies. Next year’s vaccines will be just boosters. Booster vaccinations for our pet dogs are necessary for their continued protection. It could at least help them be protected from catching diseases. And they need it even if they aren’t really going outside (during this pandemic). We got to remember, they stay at home but we are the ones who frequent the outside world for all our errands. We are likely to bring infections and viruses into the house with our clothes and slippers or shoes. That is just one reason for us to be cautious.
That’s our pet Kiro at the vet clinic, waiting for the last jab. We can now at least be less worried about illnesses that might affect him. Kiro has truly brought a different sense of happiness to our family. We’re glad to have adopted him. So, if you are a pet owner or are still planning to get one, make sure you have them protected too, by completing the necessary vaccines.
Kea was an incoming college freshman when the pandemic started. A part of our savings was really for her first year tuition fee, if she did enroll. Because of the school uncertainty, Kea talked to us and she decided not to enroll yet. She graduated Senior High School with Honors, and we know she would do good in college. But, she was uncertain and doesn’t want to stress and force herself into remote learning. She feels like it could be a lot more stressful to new college students like her, because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our dental health should never be neglected, even during this pandemic we are facing now. It took a little while for me to have the courage though. After more than a year of bearing the on and off toothache and gum bleeding, I was finally able to visit a dentist.
I have had issues with my “cuspid” since the last quarter of 2019. The pain wasn’t really strong and was just on and off, I decided to shrug it off. Then this pandemic happened – when the cuspid started to “fall off” on its own. Sadly, it was too late for me to save it, it obviously needed to be removed. but during the ECQ, dental clinics were closed. Again, I needed to endure the discomfort.
Dog’s anti-rabies vaccine should be administered at their 3rd month. They also needed to be dewormed every 2 weeks on their first two months and then once on their third month. Although a little late, we took care of Kiro’s deworming. For the anti-rabies and the canine 5-in-1 vaccines, since we have been on a strict quarantine measure, we couldn’t bring Kiro to the vet. We decided to look for the nearest vet instead, until the lockdown ease up.
When we finally can go out, we brought him to the nearest vet. He is the same vet that took care of Amber, my sister in law’s dog. And, just so you’d know, Amber passed away just recently, she was almost 10 years old, if I am not mistaken. I usually take pictures of Amber when she was still alive. She’s really a beautiful big dog.
Our Kiro is a mongrel dog, or what Filipinos call, Aspin (Asong Pinoy). Though an Aspin, we truly have loved him… a lot! He is family. And you take care of your family, right? So, this month, being the Philippines’ Rabies Awareness Month, reminded us of our obligation to our dog, for everyone’s protection. We got to get him vaccinated, now!
We had him scheduled and prepared ourselves with many possibilities of how Kiro would react once outside and in the vet clinic. When the day of our vet visit came, we decided to bath him early morning. I just thought that he may not be allowed to take baths once vaccinated. You know, just like with babies. Kea decided to come with me and Kiro. We had Kiro wore a small tee (Roey’s toddler t-shirt), just because. We think he liked it, too.
Kiro went all giddy happy when we got outside our gate. He was barking and dancing and tried to run excitedly. We decided to ride a tricycle off to the vet and walked on our way back home. Kiro made a scene, but we know he was so happy.
He was given the anti-rabies vaccine and 5-in-1. According to the vet, the combination vaccine are five core vaccines given in one single shot. It should be administered 4 times, every 2 weeks, and then booster shots annually. These vaccines protect our dogs from viruses that are contagious and highly fatal to them. So, it is indeed best to have Kiro get them for his protection, even if he isn’t really going outside and interacts with other dogs.
The above image shows his face while I carried him home from the vet. It was his first time outside after 3 months of staying with us. Understandably, I guess, he will definitely go crazy-happy to have seen the outside world in a bigger picture… and experience it, too! Kea kept laughing at us, because Kiro couldn’t contain his excitement and cannot manage to properly just walk calmly. He barks at everything, and everyone. Because he weighs about 10 kilos already, it was definitely hard to carry him.
We were given a pet immunization card by the vet and was given instructions too, to take note of Kiro’s deworming schedule. His 5-in1 vaccines costs Php400 and the anti-rabies was Php300. There might be a free anti-rabies vaccines for cats and dogs in your Barangay Vet Clinics this month, so you may want to check that out. I did, but was informed that there isn’t one scheduled here.
We will be back to the vet after two weeks for his second 5-in-1 vaccine. Hopefully, that trip will be easier than this one. Though quite challenging, our vet visit was fun.