A titer test (pronounced TIGHT er) is a laboratory test measuring the existence and level of antibodies to disease in blood. Antibodies are produced when an antigen (like a virus or bacteria) provokes a response from the immune system. This response can come from natural exposure or from vaccination.
It is a simple blood test but is expensive when sent out to a lab. Cost can run from $70 to $120 and up. (click HERE to read of less expensive in-house tests)
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Every time your pet is given medication your vet weighs them and carefully calculates the dose to avoid overdosing them. Yet a 160 pound Mastiff and a 10 pound Chihuahua both get the same amount of vaccine? Unlike every other veterinary drug, 1 ml of vaccine is given to every dog, regardless of his size. Why?
…because everyone knows that the drug companies perform extensive tests on Great Danes and Chihuahuas and everything in between so that it’s crystal clear who needs what and why. Right?
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Could yearly vaccines not only be unnecessary, but actually harmful to your pet’s health?
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Remy here, to talk about training!
I’m a very agreeable boy who loves to please and to learn new things, but there’s a few things I’d like to talk about. Learning should be fun. No self respecting Griff wants to do repetitious military style drills, way boring!
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Some veterinary nutritionists have suggested that dogs eat stool to replenish enzymes so that they are better prepared to digest their food. There is also evidence that dogs that aren’t getting enough of certain nutrients will resort to eating poop. A lack of vitamin B is often said to be a cause of coprophagia.
In the wild, during lean times, a dog would eat it’s own feces to extract any traces of nutrients left. A mother dog is hardwired to keep the nest clean. She licks her puppies to encourage them to eliminate, then licks them to dispose of any sign and smell to avoid predators finding the nest. A submissive member of the pack may eat the feces of the dominant member. A dog harshly scolded for inappropriate elimination may try to clean the evidence. Dogs may eat poop out of boredom. Fresh cat poop is so stinky most dogs find it irresistible!
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