Whilst we believe that widespread vaccination of dogs in Australia has meant we very rarely (if ever) see diseases such as Distemper and Canine adenovirus (hepatitis), along with a reduction in the incidence of Parvovirus, there is also concerns about how often boosters are required.
At Westbrook Vets we follow the recommended vaccine guideline for C3 (Canine Distemper, Canine Infectious Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus) of a series of puppy vaccinations, followed by the first annual booster at roughly 15 months of age which will then last for 3 years. Adults then continue to receive a C3 booster every 3 years for their life. Due to providing only short-lived immunity Canine Cough (Canine Parainfluenza virus, Canine Adenovirus Type II and Bordetella bronchiseptica) still requires an annual vaccination for life to be administered at the recommended annual health check.
Recently published studies have shown that some vaccinations in dogs and cats may provide significant immunity to disease lasting longer than the recommended annual or tri-ennial protocol for that vaccine.
Titre Testing - (pronounced 'tight'-er)
A titre-test is a laboratory test measuring the existence and level of antibodies in the blood. Antibodies are produced when a foreign substance like a virus or bacteria provokes an immune response. Responses can come from natural exposure or vaccination.
At Westbrook Vets we offer in-house titre testing for Canine C3 (Canine Distemper, Canine Infectious Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus) if reduction in the frequency of vaccination is desired or deemed necessary for your dog. This can be performed to determine your dogs current level of antibodies prior to vaccination or as a follow up in young dogs to ensure they have mounted an appropriate response to the vaccine.
Whilst it is performed in house, it is still an involved test performed on a blood sample taken from your dog, with results usually provided within 24 hours. We can then provide a certificate of tested immunity if required, however please do not expect that everyone will accept test results as proof of vaccination. With the subject of immunity still being quite involved, vaccination is still considered gold standard. Please don't hesitate to ask us for more information.