Q. I've given my dog all their puppy shots but I don't want to do yearly immunizations, any one here do a titer test instead?
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. The first yearly booster should always be given as long term protection can not be relied upon from puppy vaccinations. Titers are marketed for dogs but the unanswered issue is at what level is a dog unprotected and at risk and the rate at which antibody levels drop from being above this level to being dangerously low. Should the dog be retested monthly in order to assess when to vaccinate and if you miss this do you put the dog at unacceptable risk? Vaccination schedules in dogs over 2years of age can be modified depending on lifestyle and not all are required to be given every 12months, some are indeed licensed for 3 year cover and your local clinics can advise on which diseases are most prevalent in your area and the most appropriate schedule for your individual pet