Checking immunity by means of a titer test (blood examination)
Until recently manufacturers and veterinarians advised to vaccinate dogs and cats annually. Research has shown that many years after vaccination, antibodies are still detectable in the blood. Annual vaccination is therefore (in many cases) not necessary.
At first the method to detect antibodies was reserved for specialized laboratories and thus costly. However, for several years now, a patented, affordable method is available.
Why doing an immunity check before vaccination
At the center we believe that vaccination is not a simple procedure. Infecting in an unnatural way, plus the accompanying irritating excipients, will anyhow give an immune response which is not always harmless. Various studies** have shown this to be true. By determining the titer* in the blood vaccinating can be done on an individual basis.
The Immuno-Comp vacci-check determines for dogs the quantity of antibodies against Canina Distemper (distemper), Parvo and HCC (liver disease), and for cats the antibodies against FPLV (Panleukopenia / Distemper), FHV (Herpes Virus / flu) and FCV (Calici Virus / flu), the major vaccines in the so-called “annual cocktails”.
What can not be measured are:
– the-cell-mediated immune cells which recognize pathogens en kill them circulating in
the body tissues
-the memory cells of the immune system.
It is therefore possible that an animal is protected while the result of the vaccination-check indicates that this is not so.
Leptospirosis (Weil’s disease) is caused by bacteria in the urine of the brown rat, which may occur in slowly flowing and standing surface water, and unfortunately can not be detected in the blood. Vaccination against Weil’s disease shows hardly any increase of antibodies. We advise to vaccinate risk dogs (swimmers, rat catchers) against leptospirosis annually.
Kennel cough and flu
Vaccination against kennel cough and flu does not prevent the animal from becoming ill, but it does reduce the symptoms of infection. For example, the calici – and the herpes virus in cats mutate rapidly. Then there are also animals that are carriers of a virus, do not get sick themselves, but do spread the disease..
All vaccines have been developed out of earlier types of viruses and therefore do not protect fully against a field virus.
-Ischa, 8 years old, has a low titer for HCC and distemper. It is recommended to vaccinate. Preferably supported homeopathically, especially if the dog suffers from allergies. Two to four weeks later re-determine the titer by vacci-check.
-Joe, 3 years old, has a high titer for distemper, parvo and also HCC. Advice: check again after two years. Think about annual vaccination against leptospirosis if Joe is a risk dog.
-Ziggy, 7 years old, was vaccinated for the last time 5 years ago in the animal shelter. After testing a drop of blood (taken from the ear tip) it shows that there are more than enough antibodies against all viral diseases. Advice: do NOT vaccinate. Repeat the test after 3 years.
-Tomas, 8 years, that only comes outside on the roof, has a low result for herpes. It is recommended to vaccinate. Especially because Tomas lives in an isolated environment in which he cannot build up his natural defenses against herpes through contact with other cats. Moreover, this virus is transmissible by clothing.
Many puppies are often protected against various diseases through antibodies in their mother’s milk. Vaccination can cause a protected puppy to become unprotected!!!! Hence the series of puppy vaccinations at the ages of 6, 8-9 and 12-13 weeks. By doing a series of blood tests instead and to vaccinate only if necessary the risk of an immune deficient puppy is considerably smaller. Also the immune system of the young animal will be much less violated.
For kittens applies the same as for pups.
To vaccinate or not
The benefits of vaccination outweigh the disadvantages. Therefore, also at ADA, we believe it is better to vaccinate. But then preferably after blood examination, only if necessary and supported homeopathically.
Titer test per animal / litter € 49.50
Vaccination, if necessary reduced price
* Titer = a unit of antibodies
**Research: 10.2460/javma.2004.224.61 en 10.2460/javma.2002.221.515