It’s been a lot of years since we have had “puppy, puppies” in the home. Young dogs of 10, 11, 12 months of age, yes, but not the 9 week old variety. The diligence required for housebreaking and the loss of shut-eye that goes with crate training and the relentless battles fighting the medieval device known as “Ye Olde Collar and Leash” and I feel like a father that mourns the loss of his workshop or man-cave as he watches his 30 year old reacquire the basement; I thought this was all behind me. But I’m just a little rusty and it won’t be long before I can kick the training wheels off and ride this bike solo again without dad, or in this case “The Lovely Bride” holding onto the seat.
That will be the easy part and, those are the early challenges that will produce some of the sweetest memories in the years to come. My personal challenges right now are catching up on the advances in health care and training that have come about since I’ve gotten….well…old. Some things remain the same. No matter how qualified you are as a trainer, nothing can replace blue collar work ethic and personal commitment to industry during these early months. Ya jist can’t get ‘er done sittin in front of the puter, as I’m doing right now. But in my defense, the pups have already had a full day and its only noon so, a little down time is, justified? And like the old adage goes, “pups only grow when they are sleeping” But some of the advances in health care and nutrition are very impressive and for me a little daunting since I’ve gotten….well…old.
Like Simon in the movie “Mercury Rising”, I’m deciphering the new code, guided and advised by my very own Special Agent (Soo has kept up better than I have) and I will bookmark information here from time to time.
This is a wonderful new adventure and reminiscent of my early pledgeship in the canine fraternity. A “do over” if you will that makes me feel positively….well…young!
These safety issues were raised in Congressional testimony several times and the correspondence from Pittman Moore to Eli Lilly is a part of Congressional Hearings testimony on the dangers of mercury in vaccines. Despite this, Thimerosal is still used as a preservative in a staggering number of vaccinations for both humans and dogs.
Symptoms of Mercury Poisoning
People who are exposed to mercury at levels above limits set by federal agencies such as the FDA and the EPA run the risk of mercury poisoning. Symptoms of mercury poisoning include:
- Difficulty walking or speaking
- Attention deficit
- Brain, lung, or kidney damage
There has been concern that mercury poisoning in young children is a direct cause of autism and this link has also been shown in animal research. These concerns are based on the similarities between the symptoms of mercury poisoning and autism. As a result, there was speculation that the thimerosal in vaccines may be connected to autism; however, an Institutes of Medicine report failed to substantiate these claims. Nevertheless, the Public Health Service agencies, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the vaccine manufacturers agreed that thimerosal should be eliminated from all pediatric vaccines, and the amount of thimerosal reduced in other vaccines.
Thimerosal (mercury) Free Vaccines
A few companies are making canine rabies vaccines that do not contain thimerosal. Merial makes a thimerosol-free rabies vaccine called IMRAB 3 TF (the 3 designates a 3-year vaccine, and TF stands for “thimersol free”). There is also a 1-year version, IMRAB 1 TF. Fort Dodge makes a thimerosol-free rabies vaccine called RABVAC 3 TF (while it is not listed on their web site,we did confirm with them that it is still available). Thimerosal is used in other vaccine products, but we don’t know of any specifically thimerosal free versions. If you are vaccinating your dog for rabies, make sure you see the label of the vaccine and that the vaccine is thimerosal free.