Originally Posted by puddles everywhere View Post
It's about time to have Sipsy's boosters and looking into Titers testing as an alternative.
Do any of you do this? Cost? How often to you have to retest or do you need to retest?
I've found a few articles and know it's been around for a while but not finding to much "user" information to learn from.
You ask a really great question...thank you!!
After I lost my Yaichi to hemangiosarcoma and began to read about the very high incidence of cancer in GRs, I decided I was going to do everything I could when Brisby came into my life, to attempt to stack as many odds in her favour of escaping the dreaded disease that is felling so many of our dogs. As a result, I read, read, interviewed and changed DVMs. We are fortunate to have a holistic and a homepathic vet ( 2 ), both with over 20 years experience in veterinary medicine. Both of our DVMs feel that over-vaccination, diet, over-medication, etc+ is contributory to many of the disease, including cancer that they are seeing on a regular basis in the last decade+.
As a result, I just had the DAP titer run for Brisby as she was "due" for her 3 year booster vaccinations. Our vet sent it out to Cornell via IDEXX.
The results showed Brisby has strong immunity in all three areas, her last vaccinations given at the age of one year ( she is now 4 1/2). The cost in the Greater Toronto area is likely higher than in the US. I paid $209.00 for the DAP titer.
I also just had the rabies titer run ( again sent to Cornell). This was more expensive. I paid $340.00 for the rabies titer which included the blood draw fee. I don't have the results yet, however they should be back anytime now.
Brisby's vets align completely with Dr Ronald Schultz work regarding immunity. Her thoughts are that we may run another set of titers in 3 - 4 years time or we may not, as once immunity is established, re vaccination does not boost immunity, but rather "messes" with a dog's immune system.