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Waiting on titer results

I took Timmy to the vet today and had his titers tested. My vet said that sometimes younger dogs don't show that they are protected, anyone hear of that? I had her run the titers anyway and see how they come out. He does have to get a rabies shots per PA state law so he got his three year one today without Thimersol. The one he got last year was only a one year shot that she uses on puppies. He weighed in at 16.1 lbs, kinda thought he might be more then that but I guess not. I need to start taking care of his teeth better and was given a spray to use three times a week. So all in all he's a healthy guy as expected and we'll wait to hear his titer results later today or tomorrow.

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Jen, how old is Timmy? Last year Finn was titered, at the suggestion of his vet, as he was going through an allergy issue at the time his vaccines were due. He was one at the time, and they came back showing protection. He was titered this year too, and still showed protection. He did get his Thimerasol-free Rabies vaccine, because of the law here.

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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.
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I had titers run on Maccabee right before we discovered he had a liver shunt, and even with all his other problems his tests showed protection for Parvo and Distemper.

Rabies is required by law, but the vet wrote a letter indicating Maccabee is recovering from liver shunt surgery and is medically unable to have the vaccine at this time. Once is able to receive the rabies shot, he will.

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Just heard back and Tim is good for Parvo and Distemper. I'll have them run titers again next year, but he probably won't have to get any shots since his rabies is good for three years. FYI this test cost me $90.00.

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The titer screen was $78 here.

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I don't think the $90 is too overpriced from what I heard, although I wouldn't have minded paying $78


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As for giving your own vaccines. Can some share more about this subject?



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I took Timmy to the vet today and had his titers tested. My vet said that sometimes younger dogs don't show that they are protected, anyone hear of that? I had her run the titers anyway and see how they come out. He does have to get a rabies shots per PA state law so he got his three year one today without Thimersol. The one he got last year was only a one year shot that she uses on puppies. He weighed in at 16.1 lbs, kinda thought he might be more then that but I guess not. I need to start taking care of his teeth better and was given a spray to use three times a week. So all in all he's a healthy guy as expected and we'll wait to hear his titer results later today or tomorrow.
Jen, What spray did the vet give you for Timmy's teeth? I was also told we need to start brushing Gracie's teeth, because she is beginning to have a tartar buildup, especially on her back teeth. I try to brush them 2-3 times a week, but I'm sure I don't do it long enough. She loves the taste of the Petrodex, but won't stay still long enough for me to give her a good brushing. I see that some people have used Perio-Stat, which is a powder, that is sprinkled on their food.
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I took Timmy to the vet today and had his titers tested. My vet said that sometimes younger dogs don't show that they are protected, anyone hear of that? I had her run the titers anyway and see how they come out. He does have to get a rabies shots per PA state law so he got his three year one today without Thimersol. The one he got last year was only a one year shot that she uses on puppies. He weighed in at 16.1 lbs, kinda thought he might be more then that but I guess not. I need to start taking care of his teeth better and was given a spray to use three times a week. So all in all he's a healthy guy as expected and we'll wait to hear his titer results later today or tomorrow.
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