Reviewing Vital Vaccinations with Dr. Richard Ford, DVM

April 29, 2015

imgresThis video was originally seen on Vacci Check: Reviewing Vital Vaccinations with Dr. Richard Ford, DVM

What’s the vaccination strategy you take for your companion canine or feline? Antibody titers (blood tests) can prove a pet’s immunity from vaccines (or lack there of) and help determine if a vaccine is needed to prevent disease or if the body is currently immune.

I’m a big advocate of performing antibody titers in my canine and feline patients. That’s why I’ve teamed with Spectrum Laboratories and a recommend peforming VacciCheck to evaluate your dog’s Distemper, Adenovirus, and Parvovirus antibody levels instead of simply immunizing your dog with the Distemper combination vaccination just because you get a card from your veterinarian saying the “vaccine is due.” If the titer reveals antibody levels at or above a protective threshold, then I recommend not giving the booster vaccination at that time and rechecking the titer in 12 months.

Here’s a great YouTube video featuring Dr. Richard Ford giving great perspective on veterinary vaccination protocols at the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC): Reviewing Vital Vaccinations with Dr. Richard Ford

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Check it out and share with your fellow pet owners.

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TheOldBroad April 30, 2015 at 2:42 PM

And if you get a postcard saying Vax are due, Fluffy/Fido is most likely due for a checkup. You don’t have to give them vax, but a checkup is almost always a good idea.

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