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Old 10-14-2008, 06:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For those of you who choose to do titers, do you do it annually?? Mayzie is due for her annual exam and according to the vet her DHLLP vaccine . Last year, I declined the vaccine and instead had a titer done (after reading about vaccinations on this forum and other sites), which showed that she did not need the vaccine. Unfortunately, titering (at least at my vet) is much more expensive than vaccinating . I believe that if I do the titers again, they will show she doesn't need the vaccine and I'll spend $150 to find that out . I do plan on doing her annual exam either way, but do I need to do the titer test again this year?
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You can decline, only rabies is required by law.

Except for rabies, you can vaccinate yourself, available at many feed stores or online. You can titer, or not. Your dog, your wallet...not the vet's!
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply. Yes, I realize I can decline, but I am more asking if you think titers should be done every year?
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That's a good question. I titer but am new to doing it. I have only titered once or twice for Willow and Oakley. I'll have to check Myrika's records. Her annual is this week - Saturday.

When I spoke with my Vet about doing it, she didn't think that it was really necessary to do them annually. She would do what I wanted but I think she was on the fence regarding real necessity.

We'll see what she says on Saturday. I'll come back and give an update.

Like you, they all get annual check-ups...and 3 yr rabies vaccine.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I titer for rabies only and my vet feels we should do it every 3 years as that's how often the rabies vaccine would be administered.
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the responses. Mayzie got her 3-year rabies shot two years ago so next year I plan on doing the rabies vaccine
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:17 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Yes, I realize I can decline, but I am more asking if you think titers should be done every year?

No, that's absolutely unnecessary! Once you have had a protective titer (which she had like you mentioned), she'll be safe for atleast 8+years (prob. life).
Don't let the vet talk you into either vaccinating or repeat titer tests.

I don't vaccinate or titer. The only time I titered was to test for rabies antibodies on an unvaccinated dog.
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:37 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Originally Posted By: MaedchenYes, I realize I can decline, but I am more asking if you think titers should be done every year?

No, that's absolutely unnecessary! Once you have had a protective titer (which she had like you mentioned), she'll be safe for atleast 8+years (prob. life).
Don't let the vet talk you into either vaccinating or repeat titer tests.

I don't vaccinate or titer. The only time I titered was to test for rabies antibodies on an unvaccinated dog.
Great, thank you! So far my vet hasn't tried to talk me into anything - they were fine that I chose to do the titers and didn't try to convince me to vaccinate.
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Old 10-18-2008, 01:15 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I agree with Maedchen.

If you don't vaccinate, and don't titer, then you may find some resistence from the vet. Stick to your guns!!
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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hmm ok can someone please tell me what titer is?
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