How testing can prove useful
If there is a concern that your pet may not have responded correctly to vaccination then a titre test can provide useful reassurance.
A good example, would be in the unlikely event that an animal may have a serious allergic reaction to previous vaccination.
A positive result for would then give reassurance that the animal is still likely to immune at that moment in time – it, however, only gives a snap shot of current immune status.
Titre testing, particularly for dogs is sometimes cited as a possible alternative to routine booster vaccination. However, there are various important factors to consider:
- Many of the vaccines in use for dogs and cats are already licensed for use at intervals of 3 years or more, but there are still parts of the vaccine that need to be boosted annually to ensure optimum immunity irrespective of the results of such tests.
- There are a range of diseases which pets are vaccinated against for which there is not a good correlation between antibody level and immunity.
- The result gives a snapshot picture of antibody levels at the time of the test and cannot predict what future declines in immunity may be.
- Titre testing can add significant cost to vaccination when some vaccine components would still be advised each year.
- There is no evidence that reducing the number of components given within a single dose of vaccine will have a significant impact on what is already a rare risk of adverse reactions.
Why do we vaccinate pets?
Vaccination plays a pivotal role in keeping your pets healthy and safe.
Our pet's immune system is highly complex...
Pet vaccines are tested thoroughly for both safety and efficacy before they are authorised...