Vaccines, as protective as they may be, also come with an array of potential adverse reactions. Studies have shown that many vaccines provide long-term and even life-long protection, making yearly boosters unnecessary and potentially dangerous to your beloved friend. In fact, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) changed their recommendations to every three or even more years for dogs. Over-vaccination places undue stress on the immune system, in some cases causing it to attack the body’s own tissue to the point of being life-threatning (autoimmune hemolytic anemia, immune-mediated thrombocytopenia, neurological disorders, encephalitis, liver and kidney failure, autoimmune thyroiditis, malignant vaccine-related tumors in cats, etc.) .
There is a very simple solution to check your animals’ to check the protection from life-threatning infectious diseases: titer testing. A titer test is a blood test that measures the amount of antibodies present to fight a specific disease (distemper, parvo, panleukopenia, rabbies, etc.). Titers accurately assess an animals protection and help veterinarians judge the need for booster vaccination. All animals can have titers tested.
In our practice we also assist the animals in dealing with vaccines as well as offer support to those who are suffering from adverse effects to vaccination (vaccinosis).