We are holding a Titre Testing Clinic at K9 Hub, 22b Foxes Road, Cinderford GL14 2PQ. The cost is £62.50 which includes examination, Holistic Pet Club Members Price is £50.00, if you require sample only the price is £42.00 and £35 for Holistic Club Members. For sample only we require proof of your pet having seen a vet in the past 10 months.
The results will be emailed to you. If you require a certificate, however, Club members can arrange collection free of charge (£2.50 for non club members). Certificates can be posted at £7.50 (paid in advance).
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What sets A.P. Vet ahead of the rest… When being titre tested a lot of dogs miss out on their annual health check examination, which they would receive when getting their booster. Iris will do an examination before taking bloods raising any concerns she feels you should take up with your first line vet.
Free choice Holistic Pet Club is available from £26.50 per year and includes “Getting started on checking for fleas” consult, 10% discount at participating pet food suppliers, K9 Raw Supplies Cinderford and All Paws Kilpeck, (If you use a lovely local and independent pet food supplier why not ask them whether they would like to join), plus a 5% discount on applicable supplements. Alternatively why not go for “basic” and have two Faecal Egg Counts and Lungworm tests per year (at six monthly intervals) for £26.50 every 6 month. For all options available please request the Holistic Pet Club leaflet from firstname.lastname@example.org
Titre Testing for Informed Vaccination Decisions
Have you considered to explore whether your dogs really need their boosters this year?
A titre shows how much blood can be diluted with antibodies against a disease still being detectible. A high titre correlates with good protection, offering the choice of avoiding the risks of over-vaccination if immunity to the tested diseases has been proven.
When to Titre Test and Why? Titre testing, instead of routinely giving out boosters, is recommended by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) as gold standard after a Parvo vaccination at 16 weeks. Mostly, dogs are given their primary DHP vaccine earlier at between 8 and 12 weeks of age. The 1st year booster is just to cover the very few dogs that are not protected after the primary vaccination.
If testing shows a positive titre at 20 weeks of age, then there is no need to test or vaccinate DHP for 3 years. Against popular belief, it is more important to test elderly dogs because immunity can be affected by age. Most dogs have lasting protection from vaccines previously given so do not require their boosters.
How does titre testing work?
A tiny amount of blood is taken from either the leg or neck. Tests are usually run “in house”. At the end of a titre clinic the blood samples are applied to the vaccicheck plate, processed with the immuno comb and read after calibrating the test. Certificates often can often replace vaccination cards for agility shows or boarding kennels, but make sure you check before.