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Safety First When Celebrating Thanksgiving

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All of us at K-9 Angels Rescue would like to remind you to be extra cautious and alert with your pets this holiday season, as many of our favorite foods are harmful to animals, particularly poultry bones, onions, and some fruits.
For a full list see the Pet Poison Helpline or read past holiday safety articles in the Houston PetTalk Archives.

Right now would be a good time to gather your pet(s)’ current medical records and familiarize yourself with your closest canine emergency care facility
AND the quickest, safest route to get there.  Happy, Safe Holidays!

Houston Area Emergency Clinics:

VERGI 24/7 – Memorial Area

Sunset Blvd. Animal Clinic – Kirby District

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists – Galleria

Animal ER of Northwest Houston – Spring Cypress

VitalPet – Humble, Kingwood, Porter

Westbury Animal Hospital – West University

Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists – Sugar Land

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Avoid These 2 Temptations When Sharing Thanksgiving with Your Pet

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By Dr. Becker

There are few things as tantalizing as the mouth-watering aroma of Thanksgiving dinner being prepared.  In fact, it can be hard to wait for the meal to be served if you’ve spent all day surrounded by the smells of delicious food cooking in the kitchen.

You may have also noticed that your furry companion is spending more time than usual sniffing the air and visiting the kitchen, hoping that a morsel of food might slip off the counter or out of someone’s hand.

Do I Really Have to Exclude My Pet from Holiday Meals?

The usual advice for dog and cat owners during the holiday season is to avoid feeding species-inappropriate “table scraps.”  This is because traditional holiday dinners tend to be high-fat feasts that aren’t suitable for pets.

There is also concern about ingredients in human food that can be toxic for pets.  Plus, we don’t want to encourage begging at the table.

But with all that said, whether or not you share your Thanksgiving meal with your pet really depends on what the meal consists of and what ingredients are used.  For example, cooked turkey meat is fine for both dogs and cats.  A few fresh cooked veggies such as plain (no flavorings or additives of any kind) green beans or yams are also fine.

Examples of Thanksgiving people food you’ll want to avoid giving your pet include dressing (stuffing);  processed or sugary foods; dishes containing raisins or grapes; dishes containing onions, leeks, or chives; bread, rolls, and butter; and all desserts.

I also recommend blending a small portion of safe people food in with your pet’s regular food and offering it at her usual mealtime.  It’s really not a good idea to offer treats from your plate at the table, or in the kitchen during meal preparation or cleanup, because your pet will very likely remember the gesture if you do it even once.

And with that one gesture, you can turn a pet with impeccable table manners into a beggar dog or cat with a very long memory!

15 Thanksgiving Foods and Snacks Safe to Share with Your Dog or Cat

Most of these foods will be more popular with dogs than cats, but they’re safe for both.  They should be served plain (no sugar, salt, or spices, butter, or other additives), in moderation, and in small portions.

    1. Apples. Apples contain powerful antioxidants and vitamin C.  Serve apple slices to your pet, but never the core or seeds.
    2. Blueberries. Fresh or frozen, blueberries are loaded with phytochemicals, and their deep blue hue is the result of anthocyanidins, which are powerful antioxidants.  Blueberries are also a good source of healthy fiber, manganese, and vitamins C and E. I ntroduce blueberries slowly to your pet – too much, too soon can cause a digestive upset.
    3. Carrots. Carrots are low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins.  Many dogs enjoy snacking on a fresh crunchy carrot.
    4. Broccoli. Broccoli supports detoxification processes in your pet’s body; contains healthy fiber to aid digestion; is rich in beneficial nutrients like potassium, calcium, protein, and vitamin C; has anti-inflammatory properties; supports eye health; helps repair skin damage; and supports heart health.

As an added bonus, even conventionally grown broccoli is one of the cleanest (most pesticide-free) foods you can buy.  Your pet may prefer broccoli steamed.

    1. Kale. This dark green cruciferous vegetable is loaded with vitamins (especially vitamins K, A, and C), iron, and antioxidants.  It helps with liver detoxification and also has anti-inflammatory properties.
    2. Fermented vegetables. If you happen to be serving fermented veggies as part of your Thanksgiving feast, definitely offer some to your pet.  Fermented foods are potent detoxifiers and contain much higher levels of probiotics and vitamin K2 than supplements can provide.

Beneficial gut bacteria provided by probiotics break down and eliminate heavy metals and other toxins from the body, and perform a number of other important functions.

  1. Raw pumpkin seeds. Pepitas, or raw pumpkin seeds, are a rich source of minerals, vitamin K, and phytosterols.  They also contain L-tryptophan and are a good source of zinc, vitamin E, and B vitamins.  Research suggests pumpkin seeds can prevent calcium oxalate kidney stones, reduce inflammation caused by arthritis, and support prostate health.
  2. Sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene and antioxidants, and are also high in vitamins A and C.  Sweet potatoes with purple flesh have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may lower the risk from heavy metals and oxygen radicals.
  3. Green beans. Fresh, locally grown green beans are a source of vitamins A, C, and K.  They also provide calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin, and thiamin, as well as beta-carotene.
  4. Spinach. This green leafy vegetable has anti-inflammatory properties and can help support heart health.
  5. Asparagus. Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamin K, A, B1, B2, C, and E, along with the folate, iron, copper, fiber, manganese, and potassium.
  6. Pumpkin. Pumpkin is a great source of fiber, vitamin A, and antioxidants.  It can help alleviate both diarrhea and constipation.  Make sure to feed your pet either fresh pumpkin or 100 percent canned pumpkin – not pumpkin pie filling.
  7. Yogurt. Plain organic yogurt is high in protein and calcium, and most pets love it.
  8. Cottage cheese. Like yogurt, plain organic cottage cheese is high in calcium and protein.
  9. Raw almonds, cashews, and Brazil nuts. These nuts, served in moderation and very small portions, are safe for dogs.  Many nuts are not – especially tree nuts – so stick with these three to be on the safe side.

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Titer: Rather Than Over-Vaccinate


Shockingly, many pet owners have no idea!

A titer test (pronounced tight-errr) is a laboratory or in-house veterinary test measuring the existence and level of antibodies (necessary to fight off disease) in your pet’s blood.  Basically, it’s a test that will tell you whether or not you actually need to vaccinate your pet.

It’s also super useful when making a decision about vaccinating a pet with an unknown vaccination history, or for determining if pets have received immunity from vaccination.

Why is this so important?

Because of what can happen if you over-vaccinate your pet!  “Vaccinosis”, the name for the chronic disease, is caused by continued use of vaccines.  These symptoms mimic the original disease in parts.

According to the guide “Canine Nutrigenomics” by world-renowned veterinarian immunologist Dr. Jean Dodds and Diana R. Laverdure:

“Vaccines have achieved many important benefits for companion animals, including:

•Saved more animals’ lives than any other medical advance.

•Significantly reduced canine distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus.

•Significantly reduced feline pan leukopenia.

•Eliminated rabies in Europe.

However after spending many years monitoring the results of vaccinosis, those in the animal healthcare field now have a duty to re-examine and improve the current vaccine protocols for the health and safety of their patients.  This is especially true for animals with compromised immune systems, since vaccines represent one more stressor that could prove to be the tipping point between health and disease.

Side effects from dog vaccinations can occur anywhere from instantly up to several weeks or months later.  Vaccines can even cause susceptibility to chronic diseases that appear much later in a dog’s life (Dodd, 2001).

Severe and fatal adverse reactions include:

•Susceptibility to infections.

•Neurological disorders and encephalitis.

•Aberrant behavior, including unprovoked aggression.

•Vaccines are linked to seizures.  Distemper, parvovirus, rabies and, presumably, other vaccines have been linked with poly neuropathy, a nerve disease that involves inflammation of several nerves. (Dodds,2001) “

The most basic method for a titer is where your pet’s blood is drawn and sent away for testing.  It ranges anywhere from $150 to $200.  The most affordable method is the new “in house” testing procedure.  This test is performed at the vet clinic and it takes about 20 mins to get the results.  The price range is anywhere from $60 to $80!

According to, “Although titer testing may cost somewhat more than vaccination in the short run, it is a bargain long term.  Titers do not have to be repeated yearly or even every three years.  By testing rather than vaccinating, you avoid the risk of adverse reactions from unnecessary vaccines and the accompanying cost of treatment.”

“The most useful time to run a titer test is after your youngster has received her initial series of vaccinations.  Especially if you’ve limited that series to just one or two vaccinations, the last being after 16 weeks of age.  The odds are you’ve just conferred lifetime immunity to your youngster.

If you want to know how effective your vaccinations were in conferring immunity (i.e. did vaccination = immunization?), ask your vet to run a titer test a few weeks later.” – Dr.Will Falconer/ Dogs Naturally Magazine

And there you have it. Now you know.

Remember: there is a huge difference between “not vaccinating” and over-vaccinating your pet.  Unfortunately some are very quick to pull the “Anti-Vaxxxer trigger” these days, the second a vaccine article is released.

With most vet clinics today vaccinating pets every six months for the rest of these pets’ lives, does this not warrant thought or research?

Rodney Habib – Pet Nutrition Blogger

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Woman Writes Emotional Letter to the Previous Owner of Her Rescued Great Dane

When most people adopt a dog, they’re in it for the long haul.  They recognize that by bringing this new life into their own, they are responsible for the care and well-being of this animal.  While it can be challenging and time-consuming to house train a new pet and teach them how to walk on a leash, most people are happy to do it because at the end of the day, they love nothing in this world more than their dog.

Or so this is the way that we hope most people feel about their pets, however, many times this is not the case.

There are over 70 million homeless cats and dogs currently living in the U.S.  While some of these animals were born to feral packs, many were simply abandoned by their guardians and left to fend for themselves.  Around six to eight million stray cats and dogs find their way into the shelter system.  Only  a small fraction of those end up in forever homes.  Although the majority of these animals will never get their happy ending, those that do are completely changed for the better.  Luckily, this was the case for Echo the Great Dane.

Echo’s guardian first saw her future best friend online in a Facebook post.  The poor white puppy was extremely thin and deaf, she had been abandoned by her previous caretaker because she was “too much to deal with.”

Echo was purchased from a backyard breeder when she was far too young to be separated from her mother.  After this trauma, Echo was subjected to abuse, neglect and unimaginable horrors in the care of the woman who purchased her.  But all of this ended when she was rescued by Louisiana Great Dane Rescue and then adopted into her new forever home.

One year later, Echo’s new guardian wrote an open letter to the woman who cared for this pup before she did.  Here is what she had to say:

To the girl that “had to get rid of” the nameless and “useless, not able to deal with” puppy with a belly full of rocks a year ago: Thank you for giving her to rescue instead of putting her down like you had threatened in your Facebook post.  I just want you to know that she’s safe, although I doubt that you care.  Because you didn’t care that she was hungry or thirsty.  Didn’t care that she was filthy.  Didn’t care that she was deaf.  You did care that she was a free puppy and took her home from the BYB who is just as guilty as you are.

Did you comfort her when she cried the first night she was away from her mother and siblings?  Did you hold and pet her when she got scared in her new “home”?  I like to think that you did do at least that for her.  I don’t know if it was you or her “breeder” who decided to spay her at 6/7 weeks old.  But I want you to know that she doesn’t seem to have suffered any damage from that surgery at a way too early age.

She is only alive because of the Louisiana Great Dane Rescue that always keeps an eye out for dogs that are discarded like her.  And we are happy that they chose us to adopt Echo.  See, that’s what we named her.  We figured even though she is deaf she deserves a name, just like any other pet or person…  Do you know that she knows a bunch of ASL signs that we use to communicate with her?  I doubt you even still think of her anymore.  She gets three meals a day and it took me a long time to get her to trust me that there will ALWAYS be another meal and that she doesn’t have to eat rocks and other things she found outside.  And that she doesn’t have to try and drink as much water until she got sick because there would always be more water later.

Yes, she is very spoiled and may not always “listen” to me when I tell her to do something but she sure couldn’t be any more loved.  She is my heart dog and every person and dog that meets her loves her immediately.  I am working with her on therapy dog training to get her registered as a Therapy Dog so I can take her to all kinds of places where she can bring love and joy to people in need of just that.  I just wanted you to know that she’s safe and loved, even though you will probably never get to read these words.

We are so glad that Echo finally gets to enjoy the life that she’s always deserved. A big thank you to the kind woman who adopted this sweet pup!

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Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Echo just passed her AKC CGC Test with flying colors!!  I know for some people this may be no big deal but for Echo and myself it is.  She was deemed stupid and useless by her “breeder” and first owner.  Yet she keeps showing everyone that SHE CAN!  Whatever she wants to do, she can do!  I love my “little girl” and am beyond proud of this accomplishment!

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What an Amazing Adoption Count this past Weekend!

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“I am so thankful to all the FOSTER HOMES who clean up, transport, love and train our dogs so we can have weekends like this.

These adoptions are Harris County Veterinary Public Health Division dogs, who, mostly, had run out of time in the shelter.
(Editor’s note: When a dog runs out of time it is killed by shelter staff. )

If you’d like to become a foster for K-9 Angels Rescue – Houston, TX please send me a message.”

Mary Tipton
Co-founder and Intake Coordinator

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The Topic That No One Wants to Talk About, but Should

Secure your pet's future by starting a will, pet trust and planning your furkid's future

By Dr. Becker

This isn’t a happy subject, but it’s an important one – planning for your pet’s future after you’re gone, or in the event you can no longer care for her.  You certainly don’t want her to become one of the estimated half-million dogs and cats euthanized each year after their owners die having made no arrangements for them.

Deciding Who Will Care for Your Pet

The first and most important step in planning for your pet’s future care is to decide who will become his next guardian.  You may already have a person in mind – someone with whom you have a mutual agreement to step in to care for family pets should it become necessary.

However, for most of us this is a subject that requires careful consideration.  Sometimes the people closest to us — typically family members or dear friends – aren’t the best choice when it comes to taking on the responsibility of pet ownership.

I recommend thinking first about the specifics of how you want your pet to be cared for after you’re gone, and then think about who would be most willing and able to provide that level of care. Some people may not have the time to properly care for a pet. Some may be busy with careers, child rearing, etc.

And what if you want your furry best friend to continue eating a raw diet or receiving chiropractic care.  Does the caretaker you have in mind share your overall pet care philosophy?

Be clear with prospective guardians about your expectations and the amount of time, effort, and money that will be required to care for your pet – especially if the person you have in mind has never been a pet owner.

The goal is to avoid surprising a family member or friend with pet guardianship, either because you haven’t spoken with them about it, or haven’t outlined what it will entail.  If your pet goes to someone who isn’t prepared or becomes overwhelmed by the responsibility of it all, he or she could end up relinquishing your beloved companion to an animal shelter.

When you decide on your pet’s next guardian, it’s a very good idea to arrange for a backup caretaker in case your first choice is unable to take your pet when the time comes.

You and your caretaker(s) should discuss your plans at length, and it’s a very good idea to have the future owner’s name, contact information, and your pet’s care plan in writing.  Make sure copies of this information are with the caretaker, close family members, regular visitors to your home, and any neighbors you’re friendly with.  It’s also a good idea to leave a copy of the document in a conspicuous spot in your home.

What If I Don’t Know Anyone Who Can Care for My Pet?

If there is no one you feel would be appropriate to care for your pet, there are fostering options that may be available to provide a temporary home until a new owner can be found.  These include:

  • The breeder or shelter you bought or adopted your pet from
  • A breed or other rescue organization
  • Your local animal shelter
  • Your veterinarian
  • Your dog walker, pet sitter, or groomer

You’ll need to make arrangements ahead of time with one or more of these individuals or organizations to take charge of your pet when the time comes, and a method for notifying them immediately.

Making Things Legal

If you neglect to assign ownership of your pet in your will or a trust, your four-legged family member will automatically go to your residuary beneficiary (the person or persons who’ll receive everything not assigned in your final legal documents).  If you have no will or trust when you die, your pet will go to your next of kin.

When you adopted or purchased your pet, did you sign a contract agreeing to return the animal to the breeder, shelter, or some other entity in the event you can no longer keep your pet?  If so, it’s a good idea to attach those documents to your will or trust and give a copy to your assigned pet caretaker as well so everyone who may need the information has it.  K-9 Angels Rescue requests that you return your dog to them if you ever find yourself in this situation (see your adoption contact).

Your will or testament is one tool you can use to legally arrange for the care of your companion animal in the event of your death.  One or more people who agree to take responsibility for your pet are named in the document, along with any assets you want to leave to that person to help with expenses.

Another option is to leave your pet with one person and the money with another person, with instructions for reimbursing the new owner for pet-related expenses.

Unfortunately, wills are not handled immediately upon a person’s death, and settlements can sometimes be dragged out for years.  In addition, specific instructions for a pet’s care contained in a will are not enforceable, nor does a will allow for disbursement of monies over the remaining lifetime of the animal.

So including pet care in your will is only a first step.  You’ll also need a legal document called a pet trust.

Setting Up a Pet Trust

There are different types of pet trusts.  A traditional pet trust, which is legal in all 50 states in the US, gives you a great deal of control of your pet’s care after your death.  You can stipulate, for example:

  • The trustee, which is the person who will handle the finances for your pet
  • The new owner (caretaker/beneficiary)
  • What expenses the trustee will reimburse to the caretaker
  • The type of care your pet will receive
  • What will happen in the event the caretaker you specify can no longer keep the animal

Another type of trust is called a statutory or honorary pet trust, which is in effect while you’re alive as well as upon your death.  This type of trust controls how monies are disbursed, including prior to your death if you choose.

A statutory trust provides more flexibility than a traditional trust and is the simplest to do, especially if you already know who your pet’s caretaker will be after your death, and that person is aware of and agrees with your wishes.  Only a handful of states do not recognize the statutory pet trust.

A third type of trust is a revocable living trust, which avoids probate after your death.  The benefit of this type of trust is it can eliminate the majority of disputes and challenges to a standard will.

Despite the sad nature of this undertaking, it’s actually not difficult to provide for your pet should you precede her in death or become unable to care for her.  And pet guardians who set things up ahead of time rest easy knowing their beloved animal companion will be well cared for after they’re gone.

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Good News on the Horizon for Rabies Vaccines?

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By Dr. Becker

I’m very happy to be able to share a bit more encouraging news regarding rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats.

Very recently I reported the results of a study performed by Kansas State University (KSU) that compared “anamnestic” antibody responses of dogs and cats with current vs. out-of-date rabies vaccinations.  The animals in the study were given rabies boosters (“booster” is simply another name for a re-vaccination), and then given antibody titer tests to see if the group with current vaccinations had higher titers than the group with out-of-date vaccinations.

The study authors’ conclusion:

“Results indicated that dogs with out-of-date vaccination status were not inferior in their antibody response following booster rabies vaccination, compared with dogs with current vaccination status.

Findings supported immediate booster vaccination followed by observation for 45 days of dogs and cats with an out-of-date vaccination status that are exposed to rabies, as is the current practice for dogs and cats with current vaccination status.”1

What this shows is there is no health-related reason to mandate long-term quarantine or euthanasia for dogs and cats with expired rabies vaccinations that are exposed to a rabid animal.

Michael C. Moore, lead study author, hopes the study findings help clarify and shape the current guidelines for pets that are exposed to the rabies virus:

“‘If you relate this to human health, humans are primed with an initial vaccination series and then have neutralizing antibodies checked from time to time,’ he said.

‘If those antibodies fall below a certain level, we’re given a booster.  While the vaccines are licensed for a certain number of years, the immune system doesn’t sync to a date on the calendar and shut down because it reached that particular date.'”

These study results were published in mid-January 2015, and in August, KSU announced that scientists at the university’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) had “modified a test that measures an animal’s immune response to the rabies virus, a change that will cost pet owners less money and may help reduce the number of yearly vaccines for pets.”2

What they’re talking about is a rabies titer test.  It’s important to note that state and local laws mandating one or three-year rabies re-vaccinations for dogs and cats are based on zero scientific evidence the “boosters” are actually necessary.

The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Supports the Work of the KSU Rabies Lab

A few days after seeing the mid-August KSU news release, I received a note from my good friend and veterinary vaccine authority, Dr. Jean Dodds.  Dr. Dodds and I are fellow members of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA), and she is Chairperson of the AHVMA Communications Committee.

Dr. Dodds forwarded an AHVMA press release titled “Changes Sought to Rabies Vaccination Laws Based on Scientific Research.”  As it turns out, the AHVMA has been working in support of Kansas State University on the rabies antibody titer test project.  This makes all kinds of sense, since it is the holistic and integrative veterinary community that has been leading the charge against over-vaccinating pets.

Here is Dr. Dodds’ press release in its entirety:

“The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) became the first national veterinary organization to support efforts by Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) to improve rabies testing with a modified screening test to determine if veterinary patients need to receive rabies booster vaccinations to maintain protective immunity.  The AHVMA and its members have long expressed concern over animal vaccination practices.  While vaccinations provide important protection against a wide number of serious diseases, they can also cause adverse effects ranging from minor discomfort, autoimmune disorders, and even death on rare occasions.

Veterinarians can offer serum antibody titers, a form of blood testing which is helpful in predicting the need for revaccination.  This practice is helpful to reduce the potential dangers to pets from receiving unneeded vaccinations.  Currently, laws regulating rabies vaccination are set locally and statewide and may not allow for the use of blood antibody testing to avoid mandatory rabies revaccination.  To comply with the law, veterinarians and pet owners vaccinate at prescribed intervals regardless of existing immunity.  This practice was developed to protect public health in a time when vaccine titers were not offered by veterinarians, but it increases the risk of vaccine adverse-events for our dog and cat patients.

Recent research at the Rabies Challenge Fund suggests immunity from rabies vaccination lasts much longer than the usual one to three year interval required by current laws.  This study added significant evidence that we may be over vaccinating for rabies in our pet population.  Public health officials have expressed concern that reducing vaccination for rabies could increase the incidence of this deadly disease.  To date, legislatures and public health agencies have resisted changing rabies vaccination laws to reflect current knowledge about rabies vaccine duration of protection.

Rabies vaccinations can be associated with a number of significant, well-documented adverse effects.  These include localized swelling and pain, fever, chronic hair loss, ulcerative dermatitis, encephalitis, vasculitis, seizures, vaccine-related cancer, and anaphylactic shock.  Pet guardians whose animals have suffered such illness are very concerned about revaccination.   If they fail to keep the vaccination current based upon current legal requirements, they may be penalized in several ways depending upon existing legal statutes.

KSVDL recently announced the modification of the established rabies antibody test (Rapid Fluorescent Focus Inhibition Test) to rapidly screen immunity to rabies virus.  Once properly vaccinated, such testing can be used to identify if the individual has an antibody level indicative of protection from rabies.  If an animal undergoes testing and is found to have adequate protection, the AHVMA supports reform of public health laws that require automatic revaccination.  Such booster vaccinations may not be medically necessary.  This new testing procedure allows screening for continued rabies vaccine response.  This allows veterinarians and pet guardians to effectively decide upon a path that reduces risks of an adverse effect for individual animals while protecting any public health concerns.

In 2015, AHVMA participated as the KSVDL Rabies Lab conducted a survey to gather data from members about their policies regarding dog and cat vaccinations, including rabies vaccination.  AHVMA respondents reported:

  • 92 percent gave rabies vaccinations.
  • 76 percent routinely offered titers for core vaccines after completion of the initial vaccine series
  • 34 percent offered titers for rabies after completion of the initial 2-dose series
  • 75 percent would measure rabies titers if the Compendium changes its stance to equate out-of-date rabies vaccine status the same way as they do animals current on rabies vaccines

Until legal changes occur, animal guardians and veterinarians must comply with existing legal statutes.  Rabies serum antibody titering can be performed for information, documentation, and to satisfy export and import requirements, but this does not replace the legal requirement for rabies booster vaccinations.

It is the hope of both organizations that through cooperation and advancements in science we can illustrate our dedication to better health and safety for people and animals.  As science advances we must update public policy to reflect our new understandings.  This new testing is a great example of such cooperative efforts.”

For additional important information on rabies and rabies titers, please read the final few sections of “Changes Sought to Rabies Vaccination Laws Based on Scientific Research” by Dr. Dodds.

Will Affordable Antibody Titer Tests One Day Replace Automatic Re-vaccination?

The KSU news release concedes:

“Yearly vaccines can sometimes create other health concerns.  In cats, for example, yearly vaccinations have been linked to feline injection site sarcomas.  Kansas State University’s titer test for rabies could save a pet from one more injection at the yearly exam.”3

The press release goes on to say that a titer test for rabies at KSU costs $30, and a test for rabies plus three additional core vaccines for either a cat or dog runs just $50.

These very reasonable titer test costs aren’t the norm, as many of my clients are quoted $200 to $350 by their vets for a canine distemper or parvovirus titer test.  It is my fervent hope that not only will antibody titer tests become the first choice in lieu of re-vaccination for core diseases in cats and dogs, but that the cost of those tests will become affordable for the majority of pet owners.

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