What is a Titre Test?
“Titre” is a term used to describe and measure the level of protective antibodies (disease-fighting immune cells which are produced in immunised animals) in the blood.
Protective antibodies (the body’s disease fighting mechanism or immune system) in the blood are produced in one of two ways:
What does a Titre test prove?
If the titre test is positive then your pet is protected from that disease and there is no need to re-vaccinate your dog against the disease.
Until recently, this was a relatively expensive test, with an answer from a lab obtained days later. What has been needed is a rapid, inexpensive, in clinic test.
During your dog’s annual health check a blood sample is taken and tested at the clinic. If the test shows your dog is still protected then another vaccination will not be needed. However, if your dog is vaccinated against Canine (Kennel) Cough and Leptospirosis then boosters for these diseases should be given annually, as the DOI (duration of immunity) for these products is generally one year or less.
The titre blood test should be repeated every 2-3 years to check if your dog needs to be vaccinated for CDV (Canine Distemper Virus) and CPV (Canine Parvo Virus).