Article by Dr. Rebecca Jenner. Dated 19 December 2014.
At Healthy Pets Naturally we use Titer Testing using a kit called VacciCheck. This assesses the immunity status of dogs for the pathogens Canine Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus and Canine Distemper Virus, which are the 3 pathogens in the C3 Vaccine and for cats Panleukopenia, Herpes Virus and Calici Virus IgG in the F3 Vaccine.
VacciCheck is an Antibody Test Kit which is able to detect antibody levels in the small amount of blood that is required for the test to be completed, and the result that is obtained within 30 minutes can be extremely useful in determining the vaccination status of the dog or cat. If the antibody levels show a positive response in the test, for any of the previously mentioned pathogens, then there is a high probability that the animal has adequate immunity and does not require re-vaccinating at that time. However, it is certainly advisable to perform another Titer Test approximately 3 years later to reassess their immune status.
So, after now having performed a significant number of these Titer Tests what are my thoughts on the test itself? Well, I can honestly say that I am very happy using the VacciCheck Test kit, not only for it’s portability (which means I can do home visits if required) but also for it’s reliability and way the test results are ‘scaled’ which gives very beneficial information regarding how each animal’s immunity has the potential to cope with each of the viruses. This way any vaccination or titer testing protocols can be tailored specifically for the animal depending upon their age, history and health status.
I also do yearly health checks which can be included with the Titer tests or can be done at a separate time. You will be given a certificate to show the vaccination status of your cat or dog.
So if you would like to make an appointment for a Titer Test for your dog or cat, or would like more information, please do call Healthy Pets Naturally.
Pet Naturopath Sydney. Cat and Dog Natural Remedies.
Healthy Pets Naturally, located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, was established by Patty Walcott in 2010. Patty, a pet naturopath, specialises in treating cats and dogs with natural remedies and is a recognised practitioner in NSW of the Small Animal and Equine Natural Therapy Association.
Patty’s unique background in the pharmaceutical industry, coupled with her qualifications as a biochemist, Reconnective healer and small animal naturopath, means that pet owners can receive the care of their vet for acute conditions along with Patty’s guidance regarding alternative pet remedies to achieve a healthy, balanced natural diet, herbs and homeopathy for all conditions. Natural pet treatments also cover physical therapies for rehabilitative care such as cat and dog massage (Equissage & CMT), underwater dog treadmill, Photonic Therapy (acupuncture), and animal reconnective healing.