Titer tests and your pet’s vaccinations

April 13th 2019

What is a titer test?

 A titer test checks your pet's blood for immunities. It can help inform pet owner what vaccinations or boosters their animal requires.


Should I get a titer test done for my dog or cat? 

There are some advantages to having your dog or cat titer tested prior to them receiving their annual vaccines.
 
Some pets may have been vaccinated, but have not develop adequate immunity against those very diseases they were vaccinated against.
Some Rottweilers, for example, can still contract parvo virus even when they have been vaccinated.
 
If, after doing a titer test, you find out your pet has not obtained sufficient immunity against certain diseases, you can use this information to better protect your pet by limiting their exposure to other dogs and cats or the potential risk factors so they don’t get sick.
 
Parvovirus, for instance, can lay dormant within the stool or vomit from another dog that had parvo for a long time. This virus can survive during the cold winter months and then resurface when the weather gets warmer. It will remain infectious for as long as it resides within the stool or vomit. This virus only gets destroyed by prolonged heat, dryness and strong disinfectants.
 
If you would prefer to reduce the number of vaccinations your pet receives, getting a titer test will show you what they are currently protected against and only have them vaccinated for what they truly need.
 

What will a titer test tell me?

A titer test will typically be read as being negative, weakly positive or strongly positive. It is reasonable to assume that a strongly positive titer will most likely correlate with the pet being protected against that disease and will not require further vaccination. A negative or weak positive result usually will warrant a booster vaccination.


Will my doggy daycare or boarding kennel recognize titer test results?

Some might. My advice is to check with the daycare or boarding kennel beforehand. It all depends on the facility and what their policies are. Most facilities require the core vaccines such as parvo and distemper in dogs and distemper in cats and some will require additional kennel cough and rabies vaccinations.


How much does a titer test cost? 

Veterinarians in Alberta cannot share prices publicly, except when requested by the client*.

To find out our pricing for titer tests or vaccinations please call our clinic at (403) 615-8016 or fill out our pet registry and a link to our price list will be emailed to you.

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