Thursday, January 6, 2011

Pet Vaccines and Titers: What You Need to Know Before Your Pet's Annual Exam

As everyone knows, vaccinating your pet is the responsible thing to do each year as part of your pet's annual check-up. What you may not be aware of is that you may be able to have your pet vaccinated every 3 years for rabies rather than every year. Your vet would be able to tell you whether the law permits the 3 year rabies vaccine to be given to pets in your area.

One other interesting point is that immunity provided by some vaccines lasts for much longer than one year. A great way to find out if your pet is still protected by a particular vaccine is to ask your vet to do a titer. Titers are tests that measure the level of antibodies in the blood and indicate whether immunity still exists. If you would like to read more about the 3 year rabies vaccine or about vaccine titers, please click here for dogs and here for cats.

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