Vaccine or Titer?
By R.E. Neubauer, D.V.M., M.B.S., N.D.
The vaccine issue has become quite
controversial over the past several years
which, in my opinion, is more due to the
American Veterinary Medical Association
than the small animal practitioners.
So, why would this be true if vaccines
are safe and necessary? And if they
are not necessary, why do so many
veterinarians require vaccines be given
every one to three years? If you are a
responsible dog/cat caregiver, you obviously
want the best medical care/advice
for your loved one.
Because information is easy to obtain
in today’s world, be it true or false, accurate
or misleading, one should do
his homework in order to ensure he is
receiving true and accurate information
in the subject being investigated.
Antibody levels to disease pathogens
(viruses) are acquired in one of two
ways: 1) natural exposure, i.e. natural
immunity, and 2) purposeful exposure
(vaccination), i.e. passive immunity. If
vaccines are given, it should be when
the immune system is prepared to develop
an antibody response (protection);
for pups and kittens this would be at the
8, 12,and 16 week age levels.
Let’s assume vaccines were given at
these ages, or natural exposure without
death occurred -- how would one know
if the animal in question was protected?
Your veterinarian can determine this
with a simple blood test called a titer,
which can be done in the hospital or sent
out to a local laboratory. This test will
measure antibody response indicating
a positive (good-protection) or negative
(not protected) level. Because there
are multiple vaccines available, and
not all are necessary, according to the
American Animal Hospital Association,
the caregiver must be aware of which
Vaccine or Titer?
are recommended (these are called
CORE vaccines) and those which are
not required. Interestingly, the rabies
vaccination is the only vaccine required
by law, but it is also the vaccine that
causes the greatest number of adverse
reactions. Consider also that running
titers for rabies does not validate that
the animal is protected, but the same
titer result is used to prove immunization
status when transporting dogs/cats out
of the continental USA.
In my opinion, vaccinations are
important when given at the proper
time, but over-vaccination can lead to
auto-stimulation against the body’s own
DNA. This has been proven to lead to
cancerous tumors at the injection site,
as well as clinical problems associated
with the thyroid, heart, red blood cells,
and connective tissues.
In conclusion, think about vaccines
as a positive protection, but realize that
over-doing stimulation may bring about
ing chronic problems for your pet. Titer
evaluation may be the answer to keeping
the vaccines to a minimum and your
loved one’s health at a maximum.
Doc, I kissed a dog
and I liked it!