Posted by: RJ the Fire Dog Blogger | September 21, 2009

Doghouse-Bound

Since we take safety so seriously in our home, we’ve been preparing for the flu season for quite some time. Aside from avoiding crowded areas and incessantly washing our paws, we’ve also tried to bone up on as many swine flu facts as possible.

The Doghouse isolated

Fortunately, we had a little extra time at the fire station this week, as all the fires in the area have finally began to die down. So I did a little research. Education is important because, even if you don’t get the virus yourself, you might still pass it on to others. The spread of swine flu can stop with you.

RJ Flu B & W Shot

If you have any young pups, it’s especially important to get them vaccinated, because they’re the most vulnerable. But until the vaccine is readily available, it’s probably best to spend as much time indoors as possible.

  1. If you suspect you might have the swine flu, you’ll want to make a quick visit to your vet (or, if you are not a canine, your doctor). Even if the bug that you have turns out to be a cold, there’s no such thing as being too careful when it comes to containing the swine flu. For a list of symptoms, check out this view of the swine flu.
  2. If you have any young pups, it’s especially important to vaccinate them, because they’re the most vulnerable. The H1N1 vaccine and spray applications will be available soon.
  3. You know what they say. (Whoever they are?) An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So, the best way to control the spread of the swine flu is to avoid catching it in the first place. And the best way to do that is to stay inside.

At the doghouse, with my entire family cooped up inside, it’s hard to keep from going stir-crazy. Poor JR, my son, was chasing his tail for days until the wife and I came up with some ways to keep him busy. Here are a few family-friendly ideas we’ve come up with to keep us safe, as well as entertained.

  • Instead of going to the park, where there are germs lurking everywhere, we’ve started hosting picnics in our front yard.
  • Rather than eating out, we enjoy our rawhides inside, as a family. (This also saves us money.)
  • Though we used to spend a lot of time at the library, we’ve been staying at home, inventing our own stories to tell each other.

The swine flu scare is bound to dissipate, as time goes on. So why not take this opportunity to enjoy relaxing at home? One day, you might be able to credit the virus for making you creative and close-knit as a family. There are several websites that offer ideas for staying safe, and simultaneously entertained. One that my wife likes the most is Family Fun Magazine.

Once again, our friends at RJWestmore, Inc. urge you, as always, to be prepared, and BE SAFE!

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