Monday, January 13, 2014

Checking Titres

At Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital we are very pleased to announce that we now have an in-house vaccination titre test for dogs. This allows us to determine if a dog is protected against the most common viruses we vaccinate against, parvovirus, distemper virus, and adenovirus*. Previously, we had to send out blood samples to be tested at the lab, at a significant cost. We are now able to offer this service to our clients for less than $40.

What is a titre?

A titre is a blood test that tells us how much antibody a dog has to protect them against a certain virus. A certain level of antibody is needed for a dog to be protected from getting sick from the virus.

Who might benefit from a titre?

Any dog with an unknown vaccination history, or one who hasn't had a booster in recent years. Any dog who is in for an annual wellness exam and might be due for a vaccine. Any puppy who has completed their puppy vaccines, just to make sure they had a normal response to vaccination. Any dog who has had a vaccine reaction previously, or who has an illness that prevents them from being vaccinated. There is no downside to checking a titre!

How can I get a titre test for my dog?

Make an appointment by calling 604-945-4949. We'll make you an appointment with one of our veterinarians, who can arrange for the titre to be run in hospital.

*Rabies vaccination cannot be substituted with a titre.