The debate continues on! Should you vaccinate your pet? Are their diseases that protecting with vaccine will help prevent? Are we over-vaccinating our pets?
Although the answer itself is not a simple "yes" or "no" to any of these questions, there is a simple answer to at least find out where YOUR dog's exposure is!
Titer testing. A quick, and now affordable, option can be run in clinic at your local veterinary office. The test requires a small blood draw and can be performed as quickly as under an hour (if required), or run in bulk tests. The results will tell us what your dog's (any only dog right now, a feline test is to be in the works!) immunity is to three common canine diseases. Distemper, Parvovirus & Infectious Hepatitis are all checked with this in clinic test.
If you decide to perform titer testing in replace of vaccinating for the above diseases, a sample will be collected, the test will be run and you will be called with your results.
What if your dog has a weak titer to a disease? Depending on how weak the titer is, they could require the vaccination to bring their titer back up to a protective level. If they do require the vaccine, you can come back to a Vet Visionaires practice and get the vaccine at the cost of the vaccine only. No additional consult or examination fees. Re testing of titer levels is recommended at their next annual examination.
So although we don't have all the answers, we can help provide you with a few common questions we get daily. If you have more questions, contact a location today!