Why Titre Test?
Titre testing can be used to determine whether or not your pet is in need of a vaccine, by testing the presence of immunity for specific diseases. This is done by taking a blood sample, from which the presence of antibodies is tested. This then shows whether your pet has a natural immunity, meaning a vaccine is not required for them to be safe from contracting an illness. Titre testing can be especially useful on animals with an unknown vaccination history, to avoid unnecessary shots.
Many experts believe that titre testing can be more effective and reliable for ensuring immunity than vaccination, as it shows the actual immune response, rather than the attempt to cause an immune response which isn’t always guaranteed.
When should a Titre Test be carried out?
Titre testing is recommended:
- Before carrying out a vaccine, as it may not be necessary for your pets well-being
- 1-3 years after your pets last vaccine to check their immunity
- In cases of unknown vaccination history
- As a kitten or puppy after their final vaccines, to see if they have a developed immune system or if further treatment is necessary
- Yearly for unvaccinated animals
Is a vaccine/booster needed in the case of low Titre count?
Vaccinations and booster shots are not always needed. Especially in cases of animals with a previously high immunity when titre testing. If evidence from previous titre testing shows your pet has had an immune response for an illness in the past, it is likely that they will be able to fight off the illness naturally through memory cells. However there is further prevention that can be done to improve your pets immunity, such as good diet and regular exercise, and holistic treatments such as acupuncture.
What can be tested?
Each titre test we offer is a comprehensive test offering immunity results for Infectious Canine Hepatitis (ICH), Parvovirus (CPV) and Distemper Virus (CDV).