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Old 08-25-2014, 03:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been told by several vets that the titer test is a waste and to get the parvo shot for my two. This one vet recommends it every three years. I am so scared, what will happen if they do get the shots? Will they get sick or get cancer? Yes I am not thinking normally or calmly about this as you all know that I haven't had a chance to really rest my mind after Babinka's passing. So I really need you guys to come together and help me with this I am so confused and panicked.
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My vet will not give Parvo to maltese. He says the maltese breed can have anaphylactic shock from that vaccination.
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So what does he recommend? Especially if there is an out break?
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Even puppies get the Parvovirus shot Janene. Mine were Titered for it and Distemper.
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Even puppies get the Parvovirus shot Janene. Mine were Titered for it and Distemper.

They are telling me they refuse to rely on the titer. So I am just to confused and scared and really don't know what to do!
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Janene, do a lot of research and decide for yourself. My understanding is that while Parvo can be deadly to puppies, it is not so serious in adult dogs, more like a case of diarrhea that they get over. But, don't take my word for it, I could be misinformed.

I have gotten the impression that you are on good terms with and trust your vet, or I would suggest you consult another vet in the matter. I don't understand why he thinks the titer results are unreliable.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi Janene, it seems as though a lot of vets just don't want to titer.
I don't understanding it, because if they already have sufficient immunity, why risk having an adverse reaction to the vaccine?
Both Daisy and Max had just two of the three recommended puppy shot series, and we titered before doing the third. Both of them had sufficient immunity.

I like this explanation of questions to ask when trying to decide whether or not to vaccinate. Good links about titering and length of immunity.
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Both Chrissy, our Malt, and Snuggles our Yorki, got all of their shots without any problems at all. I guess it is up to the individual and the advice they receive from their Vets. I have never hesitated for them to get their shots.
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I found another informative article, I think it is from the same site as Kathleen gave a link to.
To sum it up, titer test is reliable, parvo immunization generally lasts for 7 years, vets who have been out of school for ten years were not trained in titer testing, and often skeptical, over vaccinating can actually result in reduced immunity.

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Your vet is behind the times in my opinion. My girls were both titered and showed very high immunity, and won't need another. If this protocol is good enough for a top immunologist for his dogs, Dr. Schultz, and Dr Becker, then it is good enough for mine. I suggest for vaccine advice consult a holistic vet.
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