A titer test is a blood test that is performed on your dog to see if their blood carries levels of antigens of parvovirus and distemper so that they are covered against these diseases. We recommend titers on many pets. After a full regime of vaccinations as a puppy, it is a good idea to do a titer test to be sure they are responding to the vaccinations. Some pets are non-responders and need other coverage such as nosodes. Another reason to titer test your pet is after a few years of vaccinations many pets carry coverage for these diseases for many years and do not need another vaccination each year. With titers, we gain the knowledge to understand how vaccinations are working on your pet and if they actually need to be vaccinated that year or if they are covered for several years to come. This protects your pet from overvaccination.
Our staff believes in titers and the knowledge we gain from them. When you decide to titer test, we will vaccinate your pet at no extra charge if the test comes back with low levels in either distemper or parvovirus. We carry both distemper vaccinations and parvovirus vaccinations in a single dose so we do not have to give a combined vaccination. If they need both then they can be given both. Antibodies are produced when an antigen (like a virus or bacteria) provokes a response from the immune system. This response can come from natural exposure or from vaccination.
Sadly we have not found a reliable titer for cat vaccines, so if your cat goes outdoors or is in any contact with other cats, we recommend yearly Leukemia vaccines and distemper every three years.
We do have titer testing available for rabies. This can be done for dogs and cats and will be required by many countries when traveling. However, it is very costly and then if your pet does not have sufficient numbers your cat or dog will have to be vaccinated anyway. Provincial law requires our pets to be vaccinated against rabies in normal circumstances for protection of other pets and people. If an incident happens where a pet bites another pet or a person, it can be a serious.
If this should happen, you will be faced with two choices: Quarentine your pet for 6 months or put them to sleep. Also when traveling having a health certificate showing the rabies vaccine has been given will most likely lead to reduced quarantine period or no quarantine at all when they are traveling from qualified areas. This is why we recommend rabies vaccinations. The first rabies vaccination that is given is good for one year. When the one year is up your pet will return for a booster vaccine that is good for three years.
Nosodes are an alternative to vaccinations for your pet. We have many clients both holistic and traditional. We meet all their needs by being open to new ideas. Our staff has all been trained in the use of nosodes to help protect your pet from diseases when vaccination is not an option or not desired by the pet owner. A nosode is a homeopathic preparation that is given once a month. It will help to protect your pet from a particular disease. There are many reasons to use nosodes. Some pets are what we refer to as non-responders. This means that although they have been vaccinated according to protocol, their titer levels tell us they are not responding and therefore not protected against this disease.
To these pets, we recommend nosodes.
Another reason to give nosodes is because the pet owner is not willing to vaccinate their pet, but still want them to be protected against diseases. Because of the different way in which nosodes work, immunity levels cannot be demonstrated with titres, though this does not mean that immunity does not exist.