Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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.
Gunner - GSD - 7 years
Riley - Golden Retriever - 2 1/2 years
Jake - (aka Demon kitty) Gray & white tabby