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My lab, now 8, had puppy shots (series from breeder and then one series from us) and rabies per state law. We started the titers right away (back in 2005). Here's my experience with titers. He's had titer testing every year for distemper and parvo required by the boarding facility we use. We've never had to do another distemper vac. Parvo is another story. The first titer did not show parvo protection. I didnt take him back for a shot. The next year, he didnt show parvo and they lectured me about not getting a shot previously, so I did the shot this time.
The next year he showed parvo protection, so I thought we were home free. Then in 2010, he was low for parvo again, and this time I brought him in for a shot the next week. He had a reaction and his front leg was almost lame for about a week! My vet flipped out, vowed never to use that vaccine again (and I vowed to never give him parvo shot again period). He's tested for parvo protection since then.
With my hav, I intend to take the same course of limited vac and titer testing. Our hav just had rabies last week, no drama thankfully.