Vaccination & Antibody titre testing

What Vaccinations do we recommend and what is Antibody Titre Testing?  

Vaccination programs have played an important role in preventing diseases and are an essential part of animal care. However, it is now being recognised that veterinarians should aim to reduce the vaccine load on individual animals to minimise the risk of adverse reactions to the products.

Recent research suggests that the duration of immunity delivered by vaccines is variable and may be significantly longer than 12 months and that immunity may even last a lifetime.

Core vaccines that all animals should have to protect them against severe, life-threatening diseases are:

  • Dogs – canine distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus
  • Cats – feline enteritis and cat flu (feline calicivirus and feline herpesvirus). Vaccination for cat flu does not prevent them getting or shedding flu virus but does prevent them getting the worst form of the disease.

Non-core or non-essential vaccines can be given to those animals whose geographic location, local environment or lifestyle places them at higher risk:

  • Dogs – kennel cough (parainfluenza virus and Bordetella bronchisepctica)and Leptospirosis
  • Cats – feline leukaemia virus, Chlamydophila felis and Bordetella bronchiseptica, feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)


We recommend you come in to see us so we can evaluate your pet’s vaccination needs. We will look at any prior vaccinations and when the next should be given. We can individualise the protocol for their risk factors and also regarding the type of vaccine we use. We will prescribe a vaccine plan specific to your pet’s risk of preventable diseases at the same time reducing the possible side effects of vaccination.

If we think your pet has already had sufficient vaccination to be protected against these diseases, we may recommend an antibody titre test to confirm this. Antibody titre testing is a process in which a small amount of blood is taken from your pet and sent to an external laboratory where the level of antibodies present is determined. Antibodies are what the immune system uses to fight infection, so this allows us to determine whether your pet is protected. If your pet’s antibody titre result is high enough, there is no need to continually re-vaccinate.

Contact Us for more information about vaccinating and titre testing your pet.


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