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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-19-2008, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question about titers

I'm hoping that you guys know a lot more about this than I do...!!
This year, for the first time, I decided to have titers run instead of getting the automatic, annual booster.

The new vet we're going to seemed to be very supportive of the idea, though he admitted that he's basically learning as we go with this, since they don't do it very often and he's not very familiar with it. (Only a couple other patients have requested this.)

He called me yesterday when they got the results back from the lab. He said that Gunner was showing a 2 on Distemper and a 16.38 on Parvo, so he said that he has practically no immunity, at all. Then he questioned himself and said that he was afraid he was reading the results completely backwards. He put a call in to the lab, called me back and said that yes, he was reading it incorrectly and that Gunner's numbers actually indicate a good level of immunity. He did say that he's showing immunity to only two of the six strains of Lepto, though, so he's ordering a separate Lepto-only vaccine for me.

Does that sound right? I want to make sure that this guy knows what he's doing. My days of just taking their word for it and trusting a vet are over.

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Re: Question about titers

Yikes--good thing he checked!

Is the Lepto vaccine recommended now? It used to not be recommended because there were so many strains it didn't protect for.

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Re: Question about titers

Below is a link to an article on titers that you may find interesting.

http://www.caberfeidh.com:80/Titers.htm


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Re: Question about titers

What my vet said..

Basically agreed that:

1) A "titer" is a measurement of how much antibody to a certain virus (or other antigen) is circulating in the blood at that moment.

B) A titer test does not and cannot measure immunity

Good article and needs to be read by all.

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Re: Question about titers

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Quote:instead of getting the automatic, annual booster.
I would go with the titers if it makes you feel better to check each year. More and more vets are going with the 3 year spacing of most shots anyway.

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Re: Question about titers

I only titer for rabies because it's the law. I don't titer for anything else.

And any vet that is doing an annual booster is WAY behind the times...and endangering the health of their patients.

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Re: Question about titers

does the law accept titers for rabies?

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Re: Question about titers

It does for licensing both here and in Wisconsin where I used to live. You have to check with your county though. And the titers are ok for crossing the border into Canada too.

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Re: Question about titers

Rabies titers don't yet replace the 3 year vaccine in my county here in Oregon Perhaps one day...

I titer Dante for Parvo and Distemper so that I don't have to vaccinate him every 3 years but I can still board him.

I believe the true answer for titers is perhaps somewhere in both sides but for now, I'm of the mind that I don't need to vaccinate my dog every 3 years for Parvo and Distemper.

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Re: Question about titers

In my county we will accept titers in lieu of rabies shots for acceptance into our emergency shelters. But, vets will only give a rabies titer if the health or age of the dog is of concern for a rabies vacine and then only if the dog has had a rabies shot and at least one rabies booster.




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