I just read a post on a dog forum I’m in regarding doing titer testing…

I just read a post on a dog forum I’m in regarding doing titer testing before giving vaccinations to find out if they are really needed and that over vaccinating can be bad for our pets especially smaller pets. Should I discuss this with my vet before getting vaccines for my almost 9 yr old small breed dog? I thought I was doing the best thing for my pet…I just don’t know what to believe anymore.

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Everyone should be offered titers. They are a great way to avoid over vaccinating. The only downside is the cost. It’s about $100(+) for a titer versus less than $30 for the vaccine. Talk to your vet about it. Great question.

3 years ago

Absolutely. Particularly at that age, your dog most likely has perfectly good immunity against the core diseases. The only exception is Rabies which is legislated and, at least as of now, titers don’t replace booster legally. Definitely discuss this with your vet. We’ve been titering for years now and our dogs continue to have sufficient immunity. Another exception are vaccines against bacterial infections, such as Leptospirosis–with these, the immunity lasts up to a year and no longer than that. So if you have a reason and are vaccinating for these things, they have to be repeated annually. But those are… Read more »