I know this has been discussed over and over, but I still don't get it. What is Titers testing and what does it test for?
Ok, I called my vet and they don't do on a regular basis. She said someone else asked about that last year...hmmm...I bet that was me! Their charges: distemper $102.05; lyme $84.05
I called another vet and they knew exactly what I was talking about. Distemper & parvo $77. Sounds like they do more often than my regular vet.
I know its been 3 yrs for Thunder and at least a 1.5 yrs for Simba. Not sure about Bud, lol, since he only came to us May 2008. Probably should just get them all vaccinated and be done and then going forward titers test? $$$ every where I turn!!!
Last edited by Thunders Mom; 03-24-2009 at 01:42 PM.
Titer testing is checking the blood to see how many antibodies to a specific disease are present -- if it's low, vaccination against that disease may be needed; if it's high, vaccination isn't needed.
Google titer testing for more info.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
I titer my dogs and my oldest is 14 yrs old. The last time he had a D-P vaccine was when he was 2 yrs old. His titer's are still good. I only titer for Distemper and Parvo and the cost is $78 done every 3 yrs.
I did titering for the first time last summer. We had previously vaccinated the summer before, so we were just on a year since vaccines when the titers were done. I think it's being done more often now, but I got the feeling I was one of the first in my area to ask about it. There were a number of discussions on titering on the old board, so you might want to check back to it.
Small question - would it be best to titer my 3 year old diabetic Lab when he is next due for vax? Would he be considered at risk due to his condition?
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
I just spent a lot of money on titers for Hannah......then somebody sent me this link. Sort of ruined my day. You can decide what's best for you & your dog but this really made me wonder about putting out a lot of money on titers:
I did the titers testing last year with Rider. Only needed a lepto booster. I will be testing both him and Rookie when they get their HW test this year. Rookie is due for his 3 year rabies too. I only spent $77 as well.
Dani, Rider & Rookie
SHR Watson's Safari Rider, JH, WC, CL1-R, RA, CGC, TDI
SHR Endeavor Put Me In Coach, RN, WC, CGC
Member Since 6/2003
I've just posted a thread on titers http://forum.justlabradors.com/showt...1556#post31556 that may help you out.
Kris L. Christine
The Rabies Challenge Fund