An Antibody Titer Test is a 3-in-1 canine titer test for Parvovirus (CPV), Distempter (CDV) and Infectious Hepatitis (ICH).
Annual revaccination for core diseases in Australia is no longer recommended by the AVA or WSAVA and may increase the risk for adverse reactions. Antibody Titer Testing eliminates the need to unnecessarily re-vaccinate adult dogs.
Dr Jodie Low Choy from Vet 2 Pet will conduct an antibody Titer Test by drawing a small blood sample from your dogs foreleg in a private consult room within our facility. Results will be received within 1 week.
Please note: An adult dog over 12 months of age that has had a C3 or C5 vaccination does not need a Titer Test or Re-vaccination for 3 years unless required for the purpose of kennels or for your own peace of mind.
The cost includes a certificate if your dog receives a positive result for all 3 core diseases. You will receive a 3 year certificate if your dogs last core vaccination was a tri-annual one and a 12 month certificate if your dogs last vaccination was an annual vaccination. If your dog receives a low or negative result for one or more of the diseases, Jodie will discuss your results and options with you post appointment.
Lepto and KC cannot be titer-tested. These are 'non-core' and 'optional' vaccines in Australia and can be discussed with Jodie at your appointment and performed if necessary.
** If you have multiple dogs to test, please book an appointment for each dog back to back.
** If you have a reactive dog, please contact us before your appointment so we can ensure your safe entry and exit.
CONDITIONS OF BOOKING: ** Pre-payment only to secure your booking. Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours prior to your appointment. Cancellations within 48 hours or no-shows will not be refunded. **
Location: Aussie Pooch Nutrition & Wellbeing, 4/8 Osgood Drive, Darwin Airport Central, Eaton NT
Considerations for the Titer Testing of Core Canine Vaccines
A report by Ronald D. Schultz, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, Professor and Chair, Department of Pathobiological Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine – University of Wisconsin-Madison Background: The routine administration of vaccines in dogs has been one of the most significant factors in the consistent reduction of serious canine infectious diseases. This approach has resulted in excellent disease control for infections that were once considered important causes of morbidity and mortality.
Although all veterinarians agree vaccines are necessary, the frequency in which they’re given is debated.
Veterinarians need to administer the rabies vaccine as defined by law, but other core vaccines for canine distemper virus (CDV), parvovirus (CPV-2) and canine adenovirus-2 (CAV), are administered more often than necessary. Vaccines are largely safe, and are intended to improve the health and welfare of animals, but when problems do occur and the animal didn’t even need the vaccine, that’s unacceptable. More puppies and kittens need to be vaccinated with the core vaccines because there are many that never get vaccinated. It is known that dogs often maintain protective antibody to CDV, CPV-2, and CAV-1, (from vaccination with CAV-2) for three or more years and numerous experimental studies support this observation. Core vaccines should not be given any more frequently than every three years after the 12 month booster injection following the puppy/kitten series, because the duration of immunity (DOI) is many years and may be up to the lifetime of the pet. In order to ensure the existence of duration of immunity, titer testing may be used.
Titer Testing to Determine Duration of Immunity (DOI): For canine core vaccines there is excellent correlation between the presence of antibody and protective immunity and there is long DOI for these products.
Antibody tests can be used to demonstrate the DOI after vaccination with core vaccines. Therefore, when antibody is present there should not be a need to revaccinate the dog for the specific disease being tested. If antibody titer is absent (irrespective of the serological test used) the dog should be revaccinated unless there is a medical basis for not so doing.
Currently a significant drawback in performing antibody tests is the cost and the time to obtain results. More often than not, titer testing requires sending blood or serum to a lab which entails a relatively expensive test, with an answer from the lab obtained some days later. For many years a “user friendly” rapid and cost-effective test has been required.
Please contact us should you have any further queries.
** A heartworm test can be conducted at the same time as your Titer for the cost of $50.