Upcoming Vaccine Titer Clinic

  • Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019

  • Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Location: Tail Waggins Dog Bakery, 2102 N Austin Ave., Georgetown

  • RSVP: contact Tail Waggins at 512-868-0047 to reserve your spot

  • Cost: There is a $15 charge to reserve your appointment. You’ll pay the actual testing fee (below) the day of the clinic:

    • Distemper, Parvo, and Rabies Titers - $175

    • Rabies Titer - $120

    • Distemper/ Parvo Titer - $80

    • Heartworm test - $25 (Only available when also doing a titer test)

What Is A Vaccine Titer?

A vaccine titer is a laboratory test that measures the amount of antibodies produced by the body in response to a vaccine or natural exposure to a virus or bacteria.  By measuring your dog's titer using a blood test, we can determine if your dog has a protective antibody level to various diseases.  If your dog's test comes back showing a protective titer, he does not need to be vaccinated at this time.

When and Why Should I Have a Vaccine Titer on my Dog?

  1. 2 - 3 weeks after your puppy's vaccination series to determine if he developed a protective level of antibodies to the vaccinations. (Vaccination does not guarantee that an animal is fully protected.)

  2. If your dog has had an adverse reaction to a vaccine in the past such as shock, hives, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea or local skin reactions.

  3. If your dog is due but currently stressed or fighting any health problems including allergies, seizures or gastrointestinal issues.

  4. If you have an older dog who has already been vaccinated many times .

  5. If you have found a stray dog and want to know if it is protected.

  6. If you want to minimize any health risks that may develop secondary to over-vaccinating (cancer, autoimmune diseases, allergies, etc.)

Vaccinations are still important and help prevent many serious illnesses. However, research is finding that our pets are developing strong immunity to these diseases that is lasting 5-7 years or longer after they receive their initial vaccinations.  Therefore, there is no need to continue to vaccinate annually or possibly ever again.  Vaccine titers are a way we can continue to monitor our pets to make sure they have developed a protective immunity and are continuing to be protected without exposing them to possible risks of unnecessary vaccinations.

This test checks for Distemper, Parvo and Rabies only.  There is much available information regarding when or why your dog may need other vaccinations such as Lepto and Bordetella.  Your dog's health and lifestyle are important in determining whether or not it is in their best interest to continue to receive these vaccinations.  

Texas state law requires that pets must be vaccinated every 3 years for rabies.  

If you would like more information, watch the video of Dr. Karen Becker interviewing Dr. Ronald Schultz on Pet Vaccines (on YouTube).  Dr. Schultz is a veterinary immunologist who has been doing intensive research on this topic for several decades.