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Most every new parent will take their baby in for several monthly checkups. During these checkups, the child may receive a various number of vaccinations. Those vaccinations of which, can be used to prevent illnesses, and make for a stronger immune system. Although they may not look alike, this same concept most definitely applies for pets as well. Vaccinations inject your pet with a generous amount of antigens. An antigen is a substance that when introduced into the body, stimulates the production of an antibody. This will look like the disease-causing organism to the immune system, but it won’t actually cause any harm to the animal. Vaccinations help your pet’s immune system become more tolerable to the disease or illness, when exposed to it. Getting your pet the proper vaccinations when needed, will help your animal to live a longer, healthier life, and who wouldn’t want that?

Most people come to conclude that declawing a cat is very similar to just a manicure. Only, imagine a manicure that will affect your cat mentally and physically. If you do not know what declawing a cat is, it is the ablation of a toenail or fingernail. This simply means that you are surgically removing body tissue in the cat’s paw. Unlike humans, a cat’s claw is not like a toenail in any way. It’s closely joined to the bone, so taking the claw out means that the last part of the bone on your cat’s claw has been removed. This will create many different variations of pain for your cat. Now, cats are very unique animals, and surely you will agree if you have one. They are also very good at hiding their pain. So, don’t think right away that your cat is fine if it isn’t showing any pain from the start, after removing its claws. Not only will your cats paws change, so will its personality. Declawing has such a serious impact on the cat, and it is not the right solution for dealing with this issue at all.

Spaying and neutering is a very important part of your pet’s life and health. This also helps by greatly reducing the amount of stray or unwanted animals in your local community. A female animal will go through a procedure known as being spayed. Spaying is the surgical removal of an animal’s reproductive organs, which prevents the female from becoming pregnant. A male goes through a very similar thing known as neutering. This is also a surgical removal, but instead of the animal’s testicles, so that the male cannot make a female animal pregnant. Through these procedures, the animals do not feel any pain, because they are put under, just like a human would in a surgery. The animal is also provided with medications after, to help deal with the discomfort that may occur. Spaying and neutering could help prevent infections from spreading from male to female. In this manner, you can help your community out a lot, along with your own pet too.