The antibody titer is used to determine your pet’s need for a booster immunization and whether a recent vaccine caused a strong enough response from your pet’s immune system to protect them against the specific disease.
Since 1996 we have been doing antibody titers instead of the traditional vaccine protocol of yearly boosters for Distemper and Parvo, and Panleukopenia for the cats. Read more »
Dr. Ronald D. Schultz’s Saving Lives with Antibody Titer Tests webcast, recorded in September, 2011, is RACE approved for professional continuing education (CE) for vets, vet techs and Certified Animal Welfare Administrators. We urge anyone wanting serious, up-to-date information on using blood antibodies titer testing to prevent unnecessary vaccination to watch this excellent video produced by Maddie’s Institute and featuring from one of the world’s top experts.(See below for more information.)
ReadSaving Lives with Antibody Titer Tests – Live Webcast Audience Questions and Answers
Thanks to Dr. Schultz and Maddie’s Fund for granting us permission to post this.
Maddie’s InstituteSM is pleased to be able to offer CE credit to veterinary professionals. In order to qualify for CE credit we ask that individuals attend and participate in the entire program and score 70% or greater on a post-test.Note: The RACE CE expires two years from the live event (which was September, 2011).
This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 1 hour of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.
This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits. http://www.maddiesfund.org/Resource_Library/Saving_Lives_with_Antibody_Titer_Tests.html
About Maddies Fund:
The Maddie’s Fund® mission is to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals.
Maddie’s Fund, the Pet Rescue Foundation, is a family foundation established in 1999 to help fund the creation of a no-kill nation. Since its inception, Maddie’s Fund has awarded animal welfare organizations and universities $96.2 million to save dog and cat lives.
Thanks to Lisa A. Pierson, DVM for allowing us to post her wonderfully informative article on cat vaccination from her website which also includes information on feline nutrition, health and rescue: http://www.catinfo.org This article contains:
Side effects including sarcomas (cancerous tumors), chronic kidney disease, allergic or anaphylactic reaction, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, soreness at the injection site, lameness
Decision-making criteria – including comments on titers
A vaccination is a preparation of microorganisms (pathogens), such as viruses or bacteria, that is administered to produce or increase immunity to a particular disease. There can be no disputing that vaccines save lives but they also have some serious side effects which will be discussed on this webpage.
Please note that the diseases we most commonly vaccinate cats for are caused by viruses – not bacteria. While it is difficult to induce long-term immunity to bacterial infections, vaccines targeted toward viruses are much more efficient at conferring long-term immunity in the recipient.
There are 5 viral diseases that cats are commonly vaccinated for:
Titer testing, also called serology and antibody testing, is a simple blood test to ensure that a dog or cat has responded to vaccination with a specific “core” virus vaccine, for dogs specifically CDV (distemper), CPV-2 (parvovirus), CAV-2 (adenovirus-2), and RV (rabies). Testing can determine if protective immunity exists in a previously vaccinated animal and establish the duration of immunity (DOI). It is a powerful tool for anyone wanting to avoid unnecessary revaccination or to ensure effective vaccination of a puppy or kitten. Titer test results are currently not accepted in lieu of rabies vaccination in the US although USDA rabies titer standards for dogs may be established soon by the nonprofit Rabies Challenge Fund study. Titer testing is generally not useful for testing for Coronavirus or Lyme disease. Titer testing for cats is only done for panleukopenia and rabies and not for herpes and calici. (Note: Titer is pronounced TIGHT er.)
What the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) says about Titer Testing