The use of these vaccinations will be determined based on travel to other states and exposure to other pets at dog parks or boarding facilities. If your pet is at moderate risk for disease we may recommend yearly vaccines. However, if your pet’s risk is low we may suggest a three year vaccine schedule. A vaccine titer test can also be used with some of the vaccines.
A vaccine titer is a blood test that determines the level of immunity your dog has against certain diseases. In dogs, distemper and parvovirus titers are common, and rabies vaccine titers are also used occasionally to prove the level of protection your pet has against the rabies virus.
Some pet owners elect not to vaccinate and instead rely on vaccine titers to indicate whether or not their pet is due for the vaccine
In Massachusetts, state public health organizations will not recognize a titer in the place of a rabies vaccine. This is typically performed if pets are going to an international country and the country wants the status of the rabies blood level for that pet.
Some boarding facilities will accept vaccine titers in place of vaccinations. We have no control over what a private boarding facility will require. Will will work with all our clients who board to ensure a smooth boarding experience.
Berlin Animal Hospital strongly recommends minimizing vaccinations for your pet over the course of its lifetime based on your pet’s lifestyle and risk for disease exposure. Most vaccinations protect your pet against common diseases. However, there are many vaccines available for diseases to which your pet may never be exposed in Massachusetts or the North East United States.
Berlin Animal Hospital recommends the following vaccinations based on your pet's lifestyle and risk of disease:
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