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Titre Testing & Pet Health Check Session with Dr. Pitt BVMS MRCVS - 17th Feb 2024

Titre Testing & Pet Health Check Session with Dr. Pitt BVMS MRCVS - 17th Feb 2024

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We are pleased to host Dr. Shelagh Pitt BVMS MRCVS to run a Titre Testing clinic on Saturday 17th February 2024 at our Catton store. 

A titre test is a blood test that can show whether your pet has antibodies for a particular illness.

What does the test check?

The test checks if your dog has generated antibodies to Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvo virus. The results can be used to inform the need for future vaccinations against these diseases.

Immunity against Leptospirosis and Kennel Cough is NOT checked by this test, so decision making about vaccines for these diseases will be based on a risk/benefit assessment for your individual dog.

Is my dog the right age for Titre Testing?

The recommended timing for this test is from 20 weeks of age (and at least 2 weeks after the last vaccination) and before the first "booster vaccine" which would be due at 15 months of age.  

For adult dogs, after the 15 months initial booster, revaccination for these diseases will be offered every three years. A titre test is a sensible way to ensure immunity without exposing your dog to unnecessary vaccines. 

​What happens during the appointment?

The appointment lasts for approximately 15 minutes. A tiny blood sample is taken using a very small needle, usually from the front leg or neck. Results are usually emailed out to you within 48 hours.

Spending some time beforehand teaching your dog to willingly sit between your legs and offer a paw, while having their chin on your hand will be time well spent. You can also bring your dog into the Catton store in the days prior to the appointment so that they are familiar with the store.

Is there a Health Check included too?

YES! As part of the appointment, Dr. Pitt BVMS MRCVS will conduct a health check on your pet from nose to tail, as well as listening to heart rate, checking in the mouth and answering some of your pet-care questions. If you have a pet insurance policy, routine health checks by a vet may be a requirement of the policy. 

What is Fear-Free Handling?

Dr. Pitt BVMS MRCVS practises Fear-Free handling for all pet patients, so your dog should willingly comply with blood testing. Dogs that are showing signs of stress or anxiety may need to come back when they are more comfortable with what is happening. 

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