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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-23-2009, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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What are you doing about booster shots

Are you giving your Hav booster shots once every three years.?

I have not given Racquet any shots since he was a puppy except rabies ( which is required for his therapy visits).

I would love your input.
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Elayne~ I suggest having titers done on him. He probably won't need any boosters, other than rabies (due to the law)

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Hi Elayne,

This thread got lost in the shuffle I think, but thought I'd refer you to a couple of threads on this in the Health forum. Hope it helps!

http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....iters+vaccines

http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....iters+vaccines




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Titers are just way too expensive in my area. It was going to cost me $125 per for the titers.

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I will do titers on Mojo every year. No boosters unless something critical titers low, including rabies, even though Florida requires it by law every year, or three years depending on which shot you get.

Mojo got the bare minimum vaccines to begin with, distemper and parvo only. Did two sets of puppy shots, not three.

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Since my vet told me he has never seen titers even come back low after the one year booster, I won't even do the titers. Rabies, maybe, that will depend on the circumstances and if they NEED to have them or not.
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I found out that my vet's lab doesn't do titers, so will look into other places, but for the next 2 years, Ricky and Sammy are "safe" as they had the 3 yr. rabies shot and 3 yr. parvo one, so guess I won't worry about it 'til then. The vet still thought Sammy should have a booster since he never did get a 3rd booster, but I'm not taking chances so will avoid it for now.




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I have a question about checking titer levels. If the posibility is there that the levels can go down and then the dog gets the necessary shots, what happens if the level checks out fine but then goes down shortly after checking them. The dog would be exposed then.

If the levels NEVER lower, then I could see not getting the shots. I'm thinking that there must be a chance for lower levels or else you all wouldn't check them yearly. I'm just curious about the thinking concerning this.
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Nancy, if the levels check out fine there is no way that they would lower enough to leave your dog unprotected that soon! The level where a vet would recommend a booster is already enough to keep them protected but close to the low line so that they recommend it... in other words, they tell you before it gets to a point where you'd have to worry.

Kubrick's titers were done this year and, yes, they are expensive. But to me, just because shots are cheaper does not mean it's healthier or better for them to get them! I mean, McDonald's can be cheaper than getting a good meal at a good restaurant, but it doesn't mean it's better for you.


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django has not had anyhting other than rabies and he's almost 6. titering is the way to go. vacinnations take their tole on him and it just wasn't worth the potential risk.
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