Pets today can live longer, healthier lives than ever before, in part because of vaccines that help protect them from deadly infectious diseases. Many vaccines are available for use in dogs and cats, but not every pet needs every available vaccine. Some vaccines are considered core vaccines and should be administered to all pets, whereas other vaccines are optional and may be recommended for pets based on a variety of factors, such as their risk for exposure to disease.
Vaccine recommendations can also change throughout a pet's life, as travel habits and other variables change. We will consider all these factors as we determine which vaccines your pet should have. We understand that your pet is unique and that no single vaccine program will be ideal for every pet in every situation. Our doctors and nursing team are well-educated about veterinary vaccines, and our goal is to give you the best advice for keeping your pet healthy.
Let us develop a vaccination schedule and ongoing booster routine that accounts for your pet's lifestyle, overall health, risk for exposure to infectious disease, and other factors. Protecting your pet is our primary goal, so developing an appropriate vaccine schedule for your pet is important to us. Call us today to set up an appointment to discuss your pet's vaccination needs.
We also have the ability to perform vaccine titers for canine patients. A vaccine titer is a simple blood test that can be run to determine how well your dog is protected from certain diseases. The blood test measures the level of antibodies in the blood stream. Antibodies are what help fight off infection and disease.
Titers will check the amount of protection that you dog has against the Parvo and Distemper viruses. Titers can be run on any dog after they have been fully vaccinated. Once your veterinarian has the titer results, she will be able to determine if your dog is well protected or not.