Welcome back to the outside world. It sure is nice seeing people out and about, enjoying each other’s company, sharing drinks and breaking bread. Good of them to be patronising locally owned bars and restaurants too (yes, you can use patronising like that. I just checked). It´s funny to think that this was essentially illegal, and kind of still is. We are social animals and I don’t think we do too well when isolated from others. Which is why we made another one.
Welcome to the world, Aerin-Ray, our families latest edition. Yes, when you´ve got a regular column, you can segway to your new born daughter, I reckon. She was born an Aries, so you know what that means. Probably more than her genes and upbringing, I´m led to understand. Anyway, I´d feel odd not mentioning it, it´s nice to have a baby in the house, too.
So, shall we tie this into a veterinary article? No worries, we can do that. On day 2 we helped make sure that she would never die of Hepatitis B. We didn´t have sign a disclosure on her behalf that she would never become a junkie. No, it turns out all it took was a small injection. And here comes the connection – we can do that in animals too.
Astute readers and essentially anyone who doesn´t live under a rock is aware of vaccinations for their dogs and cats (etc). There is a new(ish) development that many clinics in Lisbon and elsewhere are doing too. That is a third vaccination for puppies up to 16 weeks of age. This has shown to protect pups more at this vulnerable age, especially against parvovirus.
Recently we lost a puppy to parvovirus at the clinic. He had received the standard 2 doses and was about 16 weeks of age when he contracted the disease. Despite intensive treatment, the virus decimated his immune system and he lost his fight. Cute little fella too. This is the first time that this author has lost a twice-vaccinated puppy. So now we are recommending owners of pups to do a third vaccination, if you haven’t already.
Preventative injections are also strongly recommended against heartworm and Leishmania (for which there is no cure). Cats that go outside should be vaccinated against (the fatal) Feline Leukaemia virus. Horse owners should ALWAYS vaccinate against tetanus…cause if a horse gets that – they are dead. Other routine vaccines recommended are influenza and West Nile Virus. This last disease spread to the Algarve a few years ago. It is spread by mosquitoes and about 1/3rd of infected horses will die.
These vaccines are effective at preventing death. They won´t cause blood clots or encode into the brain, making one more compliant with the government. That´s the Astra-Zeneca one, I think.
Anyway, congratulations on being born, young Rae. May you fly above the shitshow and keep humour about you, always.
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