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Titers? Vaccinations?

Can someone please explain to me what titers is and how/why a vet checks for it? Do you check titers instead of vaccinations? What vaccinations are required to keep your hav healthy? Does this also apply to other dog breeds?

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Hi Julie!
I am no expert, but here is what I know. Titers measure the antibodies in the blood to certain viruses. If they measure low, the vet will recommend the vaccine. My guys have had titers and each time they needed one vaccine, but not everything. Some people believe, even if the dogs titers comes back low it's ok. They feel if the dog is exposed, the antibodies will kick in and protect the dog. If my guys have a low titer, I always give them the vaccine, but only the one they are low on. Last time Fred was low on Parvo, but his distemper was fine. I ordered a single dose of parvo. I don't go overboard on shots. Mine get Parvo or distemper if needed and rabies(only because it's the law). I think it depends on what's in your area. I don't vaccinate for anything that can be cured. I think titers are the same with all breeds.
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I agree with what Linda said!

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I think Linda summed it up well. Belle is now going on 4 years of no shots other than the rabies required by law and for her therapy dog certification. I honestly am not sure if I would do the shots if they came back low. I guess it depends on what is really threatening in your area. Belle had a really bad scare with the accidental parvo and she made me really look at what I give my pets. Dora has been on that system for 2 years now too and every time the titer comes back that they are well protected still. There is a vet back in columbus that was willing to give the shot free if it came back low. He siad especially with toy dogs.

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Do all vets do "titers" or are familar with the levels the antibodies should be? (I hope this question makes sense)

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Julie- unfortunately nope so you may want to make several phone calls. I had trouble at first finding them and then found quite a few. Will be doing the same again!

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Oh wow---I can see I may run into difficulty with this then. We have 2 vets. I would guess neither do this,as both really push shots. Hmmmmm.......

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By the way------Thank you Linda for the info!

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Hi Julie,

We have 20+ vets at the practice I go to, and not all of them will do it either. Some of them give you weirdo looks when you mention it, and others will say that it is no problem to do a titer. I hope I wrote down the names of the ones who are willing....but I probably didn't....

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After reading about what happened to Ricky,I'm getting nervous about shots. My boys are due in August.

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