Dr. Anne Luther and the Sarasota Animal Medical Center offer titer testing and pet vaccinations in Sarasota, FL and surrounding areas.
Modern research shows that most of our pets do not need annual immunizations. In fact, there can be potential side-effects (vaccinosis) from over-vaccinating our pets.
Current recommendations are to vaccinate for core diseases such as Parvo, Distemper, Adenovirus and Rabies at a maximum of every 3 years. Many veterinarians are moving towards this approach, with the exception of the Rabies vaccine. Currently, in every state, Rabies re-vaccination is required by law to be given every 3 years.
Instead of automatically vaccinating for core diseases every three years, I recommend the use of an annual blood antibody test called a titer test.
What is a titer test?
A titer test is a simple blood test that measures a dog or cat’s antibodies to vaccine viruses (or other infectious agents).
By testing your pet’s blood we can determine if and when your pet might need vaccinations. If the titer is low, your pet can be vaccinated; if the titer is normal, no vaccine is needed. This approach allows only those vaccines that are absolutely necessary to be given when needed and results in your pet avoiding needless and potentially harmful booster vaccinations.
That’s a huge benefit from a simple blood test!