The Pros and Cons of Vaccinating Your Dog

Written by Rose Smith

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? That's becomerepparttar burning question of many dog owners in this day and age. I'm not a veterinarian, just a regular pet owner like yourself, but would like to impartrepparttar 145369 information I've found regarding regular vaccinations for animals. You can then make your own decision.

I came across much of this information when researching information on vaccinations for children, of all things. What I found shocked me. So, I figured if this is what is being injected into young babies and children, I had to ask myself - what is being injected into our pets? Here is what I've found.

Why Do We Vaccinate Our Pets?

In centuries past, most animals were allowed to haverepparttar 145370 run ofrepparttar 145371 roads with little supervision. Overrepparttar 145372 years leash laws have been enforced and most pet owners keep their dogs leashed or fenced within their yards. If taking your dog for a walk,repparttar 145373 majority of areas require you to keep your pet on a leash (although there are more open no-leash areas springing up). Still, most canines are now supervised or owners face a fine for allowing them to run loose.

Vaccinations are given to "prevent" your dog from contracting particularly harmful/fatal infections from other animals. The vaccinations given come in two forms - killed viruses or non-pathogenic (modified live versions) ofrepparttar 145374 virus. The vaccinations are designed to sensitize your pet's immune system and causes it to produce anti-bodies should your pet be exposed to certain viruses. The modified live vaccinations are "suppose" to provide a longer and better immune response overrepparttar 145375 killed vaccines.

However, in some recent studies it's been found that most vaccinations will provide so-called immunity for 5 years and often longer. I say "so-called" because these vaccines don't actually preventrepparttar 145376 animal from gettingrepparttar 145377 disease and in many cases, may actually cause it.

When Are The Recommended Vaccines Given?

Just like human babies, puppies (and kittens) when first born are provided with a natural immunity from their mothers for repparttar 145378 first few weeks. The initial vaccination shots are then usually given between 8 and 12 weeks of age, with boosters routinely given yearly thereafter.

If you choose to vaccinate your dog - or if it is currently required by law in your area - then You should only vaccinate your dog if it is healthy. If your dog is sick or has a chronic illness, it is advised that you postpone any vaccinations until they are well.

Should your dog require surgery inrepparttar 145379 near future and is due for their shots, you should have them vaccinated several weeks beforehand, not atrepparttar 145380 time of surgery. Their bodies will be under stress at that time andrepparttar 145381 vaccination itself can cause major problems.

If you choose to have standard vaccinations given by your veterinarian, be sure to request that they be administered separately as opposed to a multivalent vaccination (combination). In this way, you can monitor any side-effects that may occur and know which vaccine has caused it.

Government laws will usually require you to vaccinate your dog for parvo virus (a mutation of feline distemper which causes heart disease), canine distemper and rabies. However,repparttar 145382 rabies vaccination should really not be given atrepparttar 145383 same time as other vaccinations.

Many homeopathic veterinarians recommend that you do not vaccinate for leptospirosis, hepatitis or parainfluenza and that you vaccinate only every 2 to 3 years instead of giving them yearly shots in order to reducerepparttar 145384 risk of side effects.

The Problems Associated With Traditional Vaccinations

Controversy has grown over whether to vaccinate or not because ofrepparttar 145385 potential side effects caused by many vaccines. Some are not very effective and others can have short and long-term serious side effects. A study inrepparttar 145386 United Kingdom by Canine Health Concern in March 2001 has found that 1 in 10 dogs suffer from side effects from regular rabies vaccinations which is contradictory torepparttar 145387 vaccine-manufacturers claim that less than 15 adverse reactions occur out of 100,000 companion animals vaccinated.

It's been noted that yearly vaccines can increaserepparttar 145388 frequency and severity of side-effects, most notablyrepparttar 145389 problems that involverepparttar 145390 animal's immune system. Vaccinations are designed to stimulaterepparttar 145391 immune system in an unnatural way and your dog's body could potentially over-react torepparttar 145392 stimulus causing allergies and skin problems. More frightening isrepparttar 145393 fact that repparttar 145394 over stimulated immune system can cause your pet's body to produce anti-bodies against itself (autoimmune disease). Traditional vaccinations have also been shown to increaserepparttar 145395 likelihood of infections in pets from ear infections to bladder problems to cancer.

How To Attract Hummingbirds

Written by Clyde Dennis

Yes! You can attract hummingbirds to your home. Even if you live inrepparttar middle ofrepparttar 145368 city, and even if you've never had any luck getting them to come inrepparttar 145369 past.

Try one or more of these tips, and you should begin to see hummers around your yard soon.

Plant A Hummingbird Garden:

One good way to attract Hummingbirds is by planting a Hummingbird garden. In addition to providing them a natural diet, a hummer garden is an excellent way to attract birds to your nearby feeder since hummingbirds feed by sight on regularly followed routes. This is called traplining. Their inquisitive nature will quickly lead them to investigate any possible new source of food.

Hummers, like most birds, have virtually no sense of smell,repparttar 145370 flowers that attract them tend to have little or no fragrance, apparently directing their resources instead toward high visibility and nectar production.

Some plants to consider that will attract Hummingbirds include:

- Azalea - Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) - Cape Honeysuckle - Manzanita - Mimosa - Red Buckeye - Coral Honeysuckle - Cypress Vine - Morning Glory - Trumpet Creeper - Bee Balm (Monarda) - Cardinal Flower - Columbine - Coral Bells - Four O'Clocks - Hummingbird Mint (Agastache) - Penstemon - Yucca - Fuchsia - Jewelweed - Petunia - Shrimp Plant

Note: none of these need to be red in color althoughrepparttar 145371 color red is attractive to hummingbirds.

If you’re in doubt as to whether any of these will flourish in your area check with your local nursery.

You should avoid using any pesticides at all in your Hummingbird garden. The insects that you would kill off serve as a good source of protein for hummingbirds, and can also sicken or killrepparttar 145372 birds if ingested.

Set up Hummingbird Feeders:

If you use a feeder and make your own nectar, a few words of caution.

Never use honey or artificial sweeteners. Honey ferments easily, and can cause sores in a hummers mouth. Artificial sweeteners have no food value. DO NOT use red food coloring in your solution, as this could be harmful to your hummers. Most feeders have red on them and that should be enough.

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