Chester and a Window

Chester has his annual check up with blood tests, etc last week.  He hasn’t had any shots in the last 3 years due to his medical problems, but a titer test back then showed that he didn’t need them anyway.

He checked out fine physically, but we had a recommendation to help his mobility with additional meds.  I was checking on what his vet recommended, but ended up with Sierra Cil for pets.  Years ago, Dakota had been on regular Sierra Cil, but recently they have come out with a pets formula in chewable tabs.  This makes it easier to get them to eat it obviously.  Dakota got most of her meds pushed inside a piece of hot dog wiener, but would have gladly eaten a chewable tab.

So, I picked those up for him yesterday and got him started on that.  Chester is definitely weak in the hind end, but his mobility isn’t too bad, other than when he first gets up in the morning or after a nap.

After the exam, we had to wait for the blood test results regarding his medication levels for the seizures and the vet called me yesterday with the results.  The levels are fine, so we just continue with what we have been doing.  Heart worm medication starts on June 1st and continues for 6 months when mosquito season ends for another year.

Chester
Chester
Chester
Chester
Chester
Chester

I’m pretty sure that Chester figures that I’ve been home the last couple of days just because it is a regular weekend, but he is taking advantage and wanting to go outside and then back inside and then back outside again.  I don’t mind and will often go outside with him.  I’ll have to get myself a hammock so I can take it easy out there.

I did something yesterday for the first time.  I have a few window screens that need fixing, but the one in the living room was really in horrible shape.  The holes in it were large enough that a squirrel would be able to enter, so it held no hope for keeping mosquitoes or wasps out.  Because of that, I have been unable to open this window for a couple of years.

So – first I figured out how to get the screen window off the rest of the window.  Then I looked online to find the closest place to take it to get it fixed.  Instead I found a video made by Home Depot showing how to fix a screen window.  It looked simple enough, so I went to Home Depot to get some screen.  The screen came with the little tool you need to do it, so I fixed the screen and put it back up.

The window is now open to let fresh air into the living room for the first time in years.  I have enough screen left that I will see which of the rest of the windows needs fixing the most.  After that I will probably buy more screen to fix the rest.  Who knew it was so easy to do?

New Screen
New Screen

Today I will pick some flowers up and get planting them in the flower bed.  🙂

8 thoughts on “Chester and a Window

  1. Excellent post. If you don’t mind my asking, How did you go about getting a titer test done? I’d love to do that with my own dogs since from reading different books/magazines and talking to trainers, vaccines are not necessary every year. Thanks in advance.

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    1. I had it done at the vet’s office. I was going to ask about one that year – but the vet suggested it before I could. She says that vaccines are for healthy dogs and since Chester was not healthy due to the seizures, she though this would be better. I think it is a good idea for healthy dogs also though, since obviously his previous shots still had him covered. The vet said he probably would never need another shot. The titer doesn’t have to be done every year, but probably every 2nd year to make sure the levels are still good. The cost of the titer was as much or more than the shots would have been, but since it is not every year, it averages out and is safer.

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      1. Thanks for the info. My dogs, Alex and Bella, are healthy, but after reading Pukka’s Promise, it changed my mind regarding vaccines and food we give to our dogs. Again, thanks:-)

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