June 01, 2007

Update: the jail is almost complete

I've been working with the health department these last 11 days to try and figure out the best way to isolate my dog for the required quarantine period. What we've decided is to build a pen inside of our garage. It's on a concrete slab and has four secure walls. My wife and I completed about 75% of the pen last night; my father-in-law will come by to help this weekend. Hopefully we can call Animal Control on Monday to ask for a pen inspection. If they sign off on it, my boy can come back home. It's going to be hard on bothm Diego and us, but I'm hopeful that all of us will work into a good routine within the first month or so.

I've been missing his doggie smile something fierce. And while I won't be able to wrestle him for another 169 days, I'll be able to keep him company, which should help. I hope.

Anyway, I'll start a new category pretty soon which will consist entirely of pet care during extended isolation. It should be tremendously popular to my readers.

Hey, what do you know? This is post number 2,000. Man, that's a lot of wasted pixels.

Posted by Physics Geek at June 1, 2007 02:29 PM | TrackBack StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!

never wasted

Posted by: vw bug at June 2, 2007 08:47 AM

Now you need to set up a live doggie-cam.

And you can sell "Free Diego!" T-shirts :-)

Posted by: Harvey at June 2, 2007 02:32 PM

This is really tough, but hang in there, man. It's for a family member.

What I still don't get is why 180 days? Did they say why? I thought the max incubation period was like two weeks or so.

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at June 3, 2007 07:14 PM

Well, as per my previous post, the important info is:

# Isolate the possibly infected animal for

* 90 days if vaccinations are up to date
* 180 days if they've expired

My dog's expired a couple of months ago. I had a vet visit scheduled, but wasn't that worried about the booster because I lived in a nice suburban neighborhood and my dog was fenced in our yard. Silly me.

Anyway, the 180 days is because some dogs have taken almost that long to exhibit symptoms. It's exceedingly rare. In fact, if Diego gets to the end of July in a healthy way, he's about 90%-95% likely to be fine. But it's for public health concerns. Let's say Diego had bitten me, and I was unaware that he had rabies because he was asymptomatic. If I didn't notice until I exhibited symptoms, they'd be digging the hole for my corpse. Only one person in this country has survived after symptoms appeared. They put her into a coma for a few months. However, it hasn't worked on subsequent attempts. Rabies is absolutely deadly to humans.

I'll post on the pen soon. I've taken some pictures. The enclosure could probably hold a small rhino.

Hey! Maybe McCain is available.

Posted by: physics geek at June 3, 2007 09:26 PM

Thanks for the update. Hopefully Diego will be home in no time and the next five months will pass quickly. Glad it's working out. CONGRATS on the number of posts!

Posted by: Brandy at June 4, 2007 01:05 PM

"The enclosure could probably hold a small rhino.

Hey! Maybe McCain is available."

LOL! :-D

Posted by: Harvey at June 9, 2007 12:31 AM