It’s unclear to me, why in 2016, we are still ramming annual vaccines into pet’s without titer testing first. Titers are simple, easy and not very expensive. Your vet can take your pet’s blood sample, send it to a lab, and determine if antibodies for a particular vaccine are present. If your pet has a positive antibody response, he likely already has immunity and does not need the vaccine.
This holds true for every vaccine except rabies. Rabies regulations are determined by the state. And most states won’t “accept” titer values. So a vet must inject a pet with a rabies vaccine..regardless of titer status. In Louisiana, the 3 year rabies vaccine is accepted, so you must get a vaccine every three years minimum.
If your pet has had 2 rounds of annual vaccines, you can, and should, start titer testing. Don’t blindly walk into your vet’s office each year, and allow Fluffy and Fido to be crammed full of shots. Over time, your pet can develop a vaccinosis.
In the words of Dr Richard Pitcairn (who holds a PhD in immunology) “Vaccinosis is to be understood as the disturbance of vital force by vaccination that results in mental, emotional, and physical change that can, in some cases, be a permanent condition” Translation: when you chronically give vaccines that aren’t needed, your pet becomes unhealthy over time.
When you combine over-vaccination with a diet of dry, nutrient devoid kibble, you might as well ask your pet which type of cancer he would like.
Know better. Do better. Start today.