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What is a parvo titre test and why should I do it?

May 20, 2020

Now that text reminders are starting again, those of you with 6-month-old puppies may receive a text reminder about parvovirus titre testing.

So, what does this mean?weimaraner puppy

A parvovirus titre test is a diagnostic test that measures the levels of protective antibodies for parvovirus circulating in your pup’s blood. Parvovirus is a serious disease that can often be fatal and is included in the routine vaccinations that we give all puppies.

Not all individuals respond to vaccination in the normal way (for a variety of reasons) so taking a blood test to check for an effective immune response following the completion of the first series of puppy vaccinations is a great way to be sure.

What happens?

We take a blood test at 6 months of age (or at least 4 weeks after the last puppy vaccination at 16 weeks). This can also be done at the time of desexing. The results tell us whether the pup is protected from parvovirus after it’s puppy vaccinations.

If it shows that is it not, the pup should be revaccinated. Testing should then be repeated to see if further vaccination is required. Titre testing is the only way to ensure that a puppy has developed an effective immune response following vaccination.

In time, we believe that titre testing will become a routine part of puppy care, ensuring that all pups have responded effectively to their first series of vaccinations.

Please note that a positive result from this testing does not replace the need for your pet to receive a thorough examination by a qualified vet at least once a year. Annual health checks are critically important for detecting, preventing, and treating any diseases or other ailments as early as possible.