The Pros and Cons of Vaccinating Your Dog

Written by Rose Smith

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What's In Those Vaccines?

Well, aside fromrepparttar live or dead virus, most people would be shocked and horrified to learn what else is included in those "safe" shots.

For example, did you know that vaccinations (for both animals AND humans - yes, these poisons are being injected into your children too) contain Thimerosal, which is made up of ethyl mercury. This is a highly toxic metal that affectsrepparttar 145369 neurological system in all animals. It can also affectrepparttar 145370 immune system, motor coordination, increase behavioral dysfunctions, and appears to be linked to autism in humans.

Here's an eye opener. Uranium isrepparttar 145371 most poisonous substance known to man... mercury comes in second. Once it entersrepparttar 145372 body through ingestion, injection or inhalation, it continues to accumulate. In other words, human and animal bodies cannot easily clear mercury from their systems.

Aluminum is another toxic metal found in vaccinations, which many of us know has been linked to Alzheimer’s.

Formaldehyde is used as a preservative and a tissue fixative. Think about that for a moment. Formaldehyde is used to preserve dead bodies before burial! Makes you wonder why they bother to use it after we're dead. After all, both us and our pets should be more than adequately preserved byrepparttar 145373 time we pass on with allrepparttar 145374 vaccines we get.

How about Ethylene Glycol? In other words - antifreeze! This ingredient is known to cause kidney and liver failure and can prove fatal if swallowed.

We've all heard of Borax (sodium tetra borate decahyrate). Some people use it in their laundry. Forrepparttar 145375 record, Borax is a pesticide included in ant killer. Guess where else it's used?

These are just some ofrepparttar 145376 poisons added to vaccinations. The list goes on. In fact, there are approximately 25 known additives included in vaccines for animals.

What Are The Alternatives To Vaccinations?

Up until recently, there have been relatively few alternatives in vaccinating your dog. In fact, it isrepparttar 145377 law in many countries that animals must have routine vaccinations, especially rabies shots for animals that are traveling or if you wish to board them in a kennel or veterinary hospital. However, alternatives are starting to appear and some veterinarians are beginning to questionrepparttar 145378 validity of yearly vaccinations.

Withrepparttar 145379 increase in awareness over homeopathic alternatives in medicines, many people are turning torepparttar 145380 safer and, in some cases, more effective treatment of using homeopathic nosodes. Like regular vaccines, they are designed to sensitize repparttar 145381 body to a particular virus and are very effective in preventing infections. Completely safe with no side effects, they can be given to puppies quite safely and at a very early age. In fact, these nosodes can be administered torepparttar 145382 pregnant mother so her babies are protected when born.

Homeopathic nosodes are easy to administer as they come in pill or liquid form, as opposed to being injected like traditional vaccines. The cost is also lower, saving you money. However, there are limitations. Most countries, boarding kennels and veterinary hospitals will not accept animals that are given Lyssin (homeopathic rabies vaccine), although this is slowly beginning to change with more and more homeopathic veterinary hospitals and boarding kennels popping up across repparttar 145383 country.

What If Your Pet Is Exposed To a Virus?

If you know that your dog has been exposed to a virus, you can help preventrepparttar 145384 development ofrepparttar 145385 disease by administering nosodes immediately after exposure and before repparttar 145386 symptoms develop.

Viral diseases such as canine distemper and canine parvo virus are basically incurable with traditional medical treatment, however these viruses quickly respond to treatment from homeopathic nosodes.

As all diseases are extremely serious in an animal, you should always seek out professional medical treatment. If conventional treatment doesn't appear to be working, do not hesitate to seek out a homeopathic veterinarian for treatment. What's important is repparttar 145387 life of your pet, so seek any methods available that may help.

Article Copyright 2005. Rose Smith is the author and owner of Caring For Canines, a web site that provides information on natural dog health care. To learn more about dog medications, vaccinations and first aid, please visit us at:

How To Attract Hummingbirds

Written by Clyde Dennis

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Your hummingbird feeders needs to be cleaned, and nectar changed every 3-4 days. Even more often in hot weather.

If you see black spots inside your feeder this is mold and you will need to scrub it out with a good bottle brush, but if you can't reach it with a bottle brush you can add some sand with water and shakerepparttar feeder to removerepparttar 145368 mold.

You should never use harsh detergent to clean your feeder. Rinse out each time you change your nectar with hot water, and if you do this on a regular basis you should not have a problem with mold insiderepparttar 145369 feeder. Don't fillrepparttar 145370 feeder more than half full, because they won't be able to drink it all before it will need to be changed.

It seems all hummingbird feeders available for purchase these days have red on them, but if you are in doubt that there is enough red, try tying a red ribbon onrepparttar 145371 feeder.

Another way to attract attention to your feeder is to place it among flowers that hummers like, or hang a basket of flowers nearby.

You will find that feeder activity slows as more flowers bloom in your yard. Do not panic! They prefer natural nectar over what we give them in our feeders, so they are still around, and you will see them at your feeders more often, asrepparttar 145372 blooms start to diminish.

If you live inrepparttar 145373 Eastern part ofrepparttar 145374 United States, you’ll find you only have one type of hummingbird that will visit forrepparttar 145375 summer, and that isrepparttar 145376 Ruby-throated. They are very territorial and defend flowers and feeders within their favorite roost spot, so if you want to attract more than one hummer, try putting up 2 or 3 more feeders out of sight from each other. Perhaps on another side of your house.

Get more information and tips on attracting Hummingbirds by going to

Happy humming birding!

Clyde Dennis, a.k.a. "Mr. How-To", is Editor at EASYHow-To Publications and has been contributing articles that help people make their lives better since 1999. At his web site, The "How To" Library, you'll find a collection of the latest How To Articles, Tips and Tools to help you get things done. For more information visit The How To Library @

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