Pets today can live longer, healthier lives than ever before, in part because of vaccines that help protect them from deadly infectious diseases. Many vaccines are available for use in dogs and cats, but not every pet needs every available vaccine. Some vaccines are considered core vaccines and should be administered to all pets, whereas other vaccines are optional and may be recommended for pets based on a variety of factors, such as their risk for exposure to disease.
Vaccine recommendations can also change throughout a pet's life, as travel habits and other variables change. We will consider all these factors as we determine which vaccines your pet should have. We understand that your pet is unique and that no single vaccine program will be ideal for every pet in every situation. Our doctors and nursing team are well-educated about veterinary vaccines, and our goal is to give you the best advice for keeping your pet healthy.
We also have the ability to perform vaccine titers for our canine patients. A vaccine titer is a blood test that can be run to determine how well your dog is protected from certain diseases. Vaccine titers will check the amount of protection that your dog has against the parvo and distemper viruses which are highly contagious and can be deadly. Titer testing is typically run on patients who have completed their puppy vaccinations, and have been fully vaccinated annually for several years. Certain immune-compromised patients may benefit from vaccine titers rather than receiving the vaccine itself. Once your veterinarian has the titer results, we will be able to determine how long your dog can go before it is necessary to receive vaccinations or another titer check.