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Thread: Annual Vs 3-Yearly Vacc's Vs Titre Tests?

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    Question Annual Vs 3-Yearly Vacc's Vs Titre Tests?

    The issue of annual vs 3 yearly vaccinations was raised in another thread, and I would like to throw in Titre Testing as well.

    I'm asking as it affects what I do, and really only know about the annual vaccinations. I do know that the 3 yearly ones are becoming more popular, and my understanding is that the KC vacc has to be given annually anyway.

    I really know nothing about Titre Testing, and I would love to know.

    I'm used to looking at the annual vacc certificates, but do the 3 yearly certs state they are good for 3 years? And what do the Titre certs show?

    I'd like to know a bit more so not only can I decide about what to do re the biz, but also as alternatives for my own dogs. I have always done them annual, but have always felt we overvaccinate our pets. However with the constant roundabout of pooches coming through here I prefer to know they are covered.

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    As far as I know the AVA is now advocating 3 yearly boosters after the normal routine up to 12 months. For your own guys, with rescues coming in, you might want to do an annual titre test to ensure their antibody levels are up high enough. I don't know whether a certificate of titre testing would be ok for your customers?

    I had a rescue greyhound that I got a C3 for upon desexing, as I couldn't confirm his last booster. He had a bad reaction and we almost lost him. His temp shot up (lucky he was in the hospital!) and he had to be covered in ice packs to bring it down, put on IV fluids and antibiotics overnight. In hindsight a titre test could have saved the trauma and drama. The vet thought he could probably been already given one recently - although he'd never seen such a reaction.

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    That would have been such a worrying time for you! Glad he pulled through.

    I'm not against titre testing, in terms of accepting them from my clients which has never been asked anyway, I think it's more that I don't really understand it, and I've never seen a titre test result. Does it show if they pass/fail etc.

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    The tri-annual still needs the KC compoment given annually.

    I had Noah given a tri-annual last September, and will give him 1 more in 2012 when he is 4-5 yrs then that will be it for him.

    Bella had her tri annual in December just gone. She will be 4 in April. She won't have another vaccination in her life.

    I will continue to have KC administered to my dogs, given their involvement with rescues (and B&B visiting dogs) but by the time they are 6 yrs old, I won't over load their bodies any further.

    Its a tough one given our involvement with rescues, but I would rather keep them separate for 2-3 weeks than inflict more toxins into their bodies.

    After saying all of that, ALL rescues are vaccinated as soon as possible after coming into care unless we have documented evidence stating this is not necessary. I.e. currentvaccination certificate
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shar Pei Rescue Victoria View Post
    The tri-annual still needs the KC compoment given annually.

    I had Noah given a tri-annual last September, and will give him 1 more in 2012 when he is 4-5 yrs then that will be it for him.

    Bella had her tri annual in December just gone. She will be 4 in April. She won't have another vaccination in her life.

    I will continue to have KC administered to my dogs, given their involvement with rescues (and B&B visiting dogs) but by the time they are 6 yrs old, I won't over load their bodies any further.

    Its a tough one given our involvement with rescues, but I would rather keep them separate for 2-3 weeks than inflict more toxins into their bodies.

    After saying all of that, ALL rescues are vaccinated as soon as possible after coming into care unless we have documented evidence stating this is not necessary. I.e. currentvaccination certificate
    Amanda...I was wondering...did Bella start having seizures before or after this tri-annual vaccination?

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    Girls, im not meaning to sound offending but, imo prevention is better than a cure. I honestly think that not vaccinating dogs is as bad as not vaccinating our kids. I would hate for an un-vaccinated Floyd to come in contact with a un-vaccinated vaccinating germ carrying dog. So it's yearly C5 vacs for Floyd every year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    Girls, im not meaning to sound offending but, imo prevention is better than a cure. I honestly think that not vaccinating dogs is as bad as not vaccinating our kids. I would hate for an un-vaccinated Floyd to come in contact with a un-vaccinated vaccinating germ carrying dog. So it's yearly C5 vacs for Floyd every year
    I would much rather have my dogs titre tested to make sure they are not over vaccinated

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    One of my dogs (purchased as a young adult) has the 3yr Vaccination.

    I like the yearly vaccinations because if nothing else happens that year and they don't need to go to the vet then I know they will have a check up at vaccination time.

    I was advised that I could stop giving dogs vaccinations around 10 years of age if they had been given regular vaccinations up until then because they do have an overload of it in their system by around 7-8 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Amanda...I was wondering...did Bella start having seizures before or after this tri-annual vaccination?
    Yes Michelle, I too have pondered this one. Bella had her last vaccination - the tri annual on Dec 22nd. The fitting started just on a month later. I spoke to Dr Scot about this and he believes the timing is too lengthy to blame the vaccination. BUT, the Bella that has reappeared in the last 48 hours is the old Bella and I don't think I have seen this young lady since she was vaccinated - maybe I am just desparate to "hang" the fits on "something" but honestly, I have not seen Bella so happy and healthy for some time and it does make me wonder.

    I will also add that when she had her 2nd vaccination way back when, one moment she was fine and the next moment she was covered in hives - horrible to see. I told Dr Scot this when he vaccinated her this time and he gave her an anti hystimine with her tri -annual. Was this enough to delay the ongoing affects for a few weeks? I have to wonder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    I would much rather have my dogs titre tested to make sure they are not over vaccinated
    This is exactly how I will be handling the future of Bella and Noah. Albeit, they will continue to have their annual KC.

    BTW, when I had Inka vaccinated last week, he gave her a C7 which covers more than a C5 - not sure what exactly, he did tell me but in one ear and out the other I am afraid. BAD foster Mummy!
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