Everyone was exhausted after yesterday’s events. I also had another reason for a sleepless night. Yesterday I drank from a water bottle that had been used to cool our traumatized puppy down. Whilst there seemed to be little cause for concern, there was a sufficient amount to worry me. Rabies is spread through a dog’s saliva and I didn’t want to take any chances just in case the poor puppy that died had the disease.
I had therefore decided early this morning that I wanted to obtain the post-exposure vaccine which is available from the local hospital. Having volunteered with wildlife and dogs many times before, I’ve already had the 3 crucial pre-exposure rabies vaccinations. Despite today being a national holiday, the ‘Accidental and Emergency’ unit was still open at the hospital. I was issued with a hospital registration card and the injection was administered, with a total cost of 450 baht.
For lunch Gemma, Marie-Eve and I went to Song Kalia to sit by the river. Later in the afternoon we went out looking for street dogs to sterilize over the coming days. We have decided to focus our attentions heavily on females. Fortunately, we discovered a family of six puppies (4 females, 2 males) and 2 older females (we are assuming one is the mother, the other is the aunt). We are currently waiting for some important materials to arrive from Bangkok. Once we are in possession of our order then we can commence with the female sterilizations.