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Old 03-29-2019, 04:09 PM
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Okay so today we called our groomer to get him an appointment and they let us know that Moose was, as of today, due for a rabies vaccination. (He received all of his puppy shots and it is the 1st year he will need a booster). And they will not groom him until he is up to date.
Now I am a huge proponent of very natural care for dogs (he is on a raw diet, and I use natural flea and tick repellent, etc.) and I was really excited to do titer testing instead of vaccinations after learning about overvaccinating. However, when we called the holistic veterinarian to make an appointment, they said that although they do offer titer testing, the vet recommends just vaccinating every 3 years because many places will not accept titer testing and you can be fined for not getting the vaccine.
So Iím crushed now because as much as I am scared to overvaccinate him, I may have no other option. We take Moose with us just about everywhere, and he is very much in public, plus he needs groomed. Does anyone else titer their dogs? How do you get past the law that dogs need annual vaccines. Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 03-29-2019, 07:45 PM
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Vaccinations for rabies are required by law. Rabies can be fatal and can be passed on to humans. You can find your particular state’s requirements here:
You have to be in adherence to your state laws. I think there are some provisions in some states for titering in place of a rabies booster vaccine for very small animals. But - purely based on what I’ve heard - there’s quite a lot of hoops to jump through and then they deny it anyway.
If your state allows, you can vaccinate for rabies every 3 years which is what I do. If Moose is a small animal (under 8 lbs), discuss and agree with where the shot location will be with your vet.

Almost a different subject: There are “core” vaccines that include parvo and distemper. These are diseases that can be fatal to young puppies who are shedding their mother’s immunity. The vet will administer a set schedule to puppies that are under 6 months old. Dr. Jean Dodd’s protocol is an excellent acceptable schedule that was recently updated last year for minimally vaccinating young dogs.

Some other useful information regarding the “core” vaccines and what to consider when administering vaccines.
For the “cores”, I have my animals titered on an annual basis at Dr. Ron Schultz’ office at the University of Wisconsin.
My vet does the blood draw (about $20) and I mail it to the University of Wisconsin. Dr Schultz’ office sends a report back to me and directly to my vet.

As a couple of reference data points, my pets are 9 and 3 years old. The youngest has just gone through his first round of titers last year and has acceptable levels of antibodies. My 9 year old has had acceptable levels every time I have had her titered and has had no follow up vaccines since she turned 2.
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Old 03-29-2019, 09:34 PM
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Thanks lots of great info there. So let me get this straight...rabies are a must and the least amount you can do is evey three years whereas with the “core” vaccines, titering is acceptable. Moose has had his core vaccines and rabies as a pup. So I will do the rabies vaccine on a 3 year basis and titer for the core vaccines. Thanks so much again, very helpful.
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