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    Teddy is now the 4th pug that I have done a titer on. A titer is where they draw blood and send it out to see if their previous shots are still protecting them!

    Bobby, Teddy, and Izzy have only had 2 puppy shots.....the last being around 15 weeks old!

    Teddy had his first titer....and is fully protected against parvo and distemper!!!! I do not to Lepto shots...so didn't do that one.

    Bobby is 5 and Izzy will be 6 and they're still fully protected from their puppy shots!
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    I don't fancy having titers done at all - the vets here insist on taking the blood sample from the jugular. There's no way they'd get a blood sample from Xanthe like that without knocking her out first and I think Darwin who doesn't have the best breathing in the world would be likely to collapse!

    Poor Bree recently came back from a dental with a large shaved area on her neck and on both front legs. My suspicion is that the trainee vet on work experience that day mucked up getting a catheter in her leg so they had to then use the other leg!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LilyFayre View Post
    I don't fancy having titers done at all - the vets here insist on taking the blood sample from the jugular. There's no way they'd get a blood sample from Xanthe like that without knocking her out first and I think Darwin who doesn't have the best breathing in the world would be likely to collapse!

    Poor Bree recently came back from a dental with a large shaved area on her neck and on both front legs. My suspicion is that the trainee vet on work experience that day mucked up getting a catheter in her leg so they had to then use the other leg!
    We each have our own opinions......They do often take blood from the jugular vein...but it doesn't seem to bother the dogs. They do it that way as it's easier to hit the vein than in the legs. They do the same for heartworm testing. For me.....to give shots when not needed is dangerous and can cause serious problems.
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    Well that’s reassuring to know Diane. If it wasn’t that the thought of of a jugular vein sample when they’re conscious going horribly wrong I probably would have titers done. It doesn’t help either that none of their vets ever stay for long before moving on. I don’t think they like having to work shifts to provide 24 hour hospital cover. So you don’t get the chance to really build up any trust in them. Fortunately, though my dogs have always been ok and long lived having regular vaccines throughout their lives
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    When we first started going to our current vet, she wanted to do jugular vein draw and just the thought of it really scared me! But I've been present in the room and watched the vet do it many times now through the years and it is certainly easier on a small dog than the leg. The whole process seems much quicker, too. The only tricky part is keeping the head up and level during the draw. If the pug jerks away or thrashes, then maybe the leg would be better. But our vet was even able to do jugular vein draws on Nilla, who was not an "easy" patient.

    As for titers, Wonka started getting annual titer tests when he was around maybe 4-5 years old and those earlier vaccines protected him all the way through adulthood and into his senior years. He didn't show "low" on anything until he was around 13-14 and although I can't remember which one he was low on, we discussed the pros/cons with our vet and we did decide to go ahead and get him the booster for that particular vaccine. It's amazing how puppy shots or young adult shots can provide lifelong immunity in many dogs.
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    it shows you how much they would have us over-vaccinating our pets.......I'm so glad that vets eyes are beginning to open on this subject....there is still a long way to go IMO

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    I will titer Finn as he reacts to his shots, he is fine with Rabbles. They always use the leg for the blood draw here, interesting how different areas do different things.
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    Well I found a vet they will send off for the titer and since Henry will need his tests every 6 month I guess I will combine the two.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonBrunoPugMom View Post
    Well I found a vet bleh I will send off for the titer and since Henry will need his tests every 6 month I guess I will combine the too .


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    I don't do the first titer til they are 18 months -2 yrs old.

    If he does need a boost......there used to be nosodes that holistic people use ...I don't know much about them!
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