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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Does the ANKC accept titre testing yet?
    Not yet, I don't think. But hear rumours that the winds of change might be increasing to a slight breeze.

    Here in Vic there is a growing number of kennels and training facilities willing to consider titre... But it's slow going.

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    I'm wondering what the cost of an annual C5 is vs

    titre testing, triannual vax in separate doses and annual vax of kennel cough and the other annual one.

    Eg if C5 is $100

    and each titre test is $50 and each separate vax is $80, then C5 annually is cheaper.

    When I got the TB shot - I had a mantou ? test and it was "no tb, need shot", and then a couple of years later, had another test with same result despite being immunised previously. WTF? And I asked how many times can I have the TB vax and still fail the test? And the nurse said - some medical students - who really need it - fail six or seven times before they quit.

    So I really didn't feel like going through that if I'm one of the weird people that never passes the test for antibodies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I'm wondering what the cost of an annual C5 is vs

    titre testing, triannual vax in separate doses and annual vax of kennel cough and the other annual one.

    Eg if C5 is $100

    and each titre test is $50 and each separate vax is $80, then C5 annually is cheaper.

    When I got the TB shot - I had a mantou ? test and it was "no tb, need shot", and then a couple of years later, had another test with same result despite being immunised previously. WTF? And I asked how many times can I have the TB vax and still fail the test? And the nurse said - some medical students - who really need it - fail six or seven times before they quit.

    So I really didn't feel like going through that if I'm one of the weird people that never passes the test for antibodies.
    Yes you have a valid point. I have 6 dogs and because my sister does the 3 year vaccs it costs me $25 per dog so it would be cheaper than doing the titre.

    The kennel cough I dont usually bother with and I find that when people check their vaccination certs they dont usually question they just assume it is done especially when they see the puppy C5 has been done. I forget what the other annual one is but it doesnt get done either LOL

    I had the same deal with the smallpox vacc in Africa when I went to school. It never bought up a scar which was considered proof of it taking, so I had to continue getting one so I could go to school so I am all smallpoxed out.

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    kalacreek

    Did you get the chicken pox vax?

    I did - having made it to adulthood without catching it.

    Except nobody could tell me if I'm now in for shingles. I'm thinking hopefully not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
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    Did you get the chicken pox vax?

    I did - having made it to adulthood without catching it.

    Except nobody could tell me if I'm now in for shingles. I'm thinking hopefully not.
    No I caught childhood measles, chicken pox and mumps and whooping cough like many of my generation LOL. I did have a vacc for rubella though and never caught that.

    I think you just gotta make sure you dont get stressed to avoid shingles which by all accounts is very painful and unpleasant! Not sure if having the vaccination protects you, possibly. I think the virus has got to be lying latent in your body from a former bout of CP ready to kick into life when your defenses are down.
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    I had shingles about 6 months ago, wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy! came completely out of the blue, wasn't stressed at the time and was in the low risk bracket because i'm under the age of 25...luck of the draw i guess! i'm pretty sure my doctor at the time, said that is still possible that you can contract shingles if you've had the pox vaccine, just unlikely i guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiff-689 View Post
    I had shingles about 6 months ago, wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy! came completely out of the blue, wasn't stressed at the time and was in the low risk bracket because i'm under the age of 25...luck of the draw i guess! i'm pretty sure my doctor at the time, said that is still possible that you can contract shingles if you've had the pox vaccine, just unlikely i guess.
    Did you have chicken pox as a child?

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    I havent read all the posts, just th efirst page.

    But I would take th epuppy out for walks.

    Before we moved to Australia, I never vaccinated my dogs. Chevy got her 3 puppy shots and contracted parvo a couple of weeks after her last one so I never gave her another shot in 12 years.

    Lennox had one puppy shot and that was it for life.

    BBarney had 1 puppy shot and only because the SPCA got it for him before they sent him hoe. The next shot he got he was 4 and it wa sin prep for moving to Australia.

    The only reason we vaccinate now is because we dont know anyone so if we go away the dogs have to be kenneled and need to be vaccinated.

    My mum was the same too. Had a staffy til 11 years (stroke) and had a border collie who live to 17 and neither of em ever had a vaccination.

    To be honest though, for the first couple of weeks I mostly walk them at low tide at the beach and then slowly move to the street etc to build up a natural immunity.

    One of my fave spots to exercise the dogs was at a park which I later found out was apparently riddled with parvo....apart from Chev getting it as a pup, non of my dogs ever got it.

    However, as someone else said, its what you feel safe with. There is a risk, but there is also a risk when you get in your car and drive to the shop...ya know?

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    you don't get shingles unless you've had chicken pox

    However some cases of childhood chicken pox are so mild the kid and parents don't notice. I think my sister had almost nothing - ie about six big ugly itchy spots and that was it. She got sent to boarding school to stay where she picked it up ie at school so I could study for my exams without risking catching it too.

    I'm from a long line of medicos so if there was a vax going - i got it.

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    If over vaccination causes the issues it is reported to cause, does it matter if you have to pay additional?

    Sorry if I gave misread, I am on my phone and tired... and don't have my glasses on so I am skim reading to the nth degree.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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