To Vaccinate Or Not To Vaccinate?

Most pet owners would agree that routine administration of vaccines has been an excellent control for infectious diseases. What may be debatable is (i) the duration of immunity and (ii) how frequent vaccines should be given.

As much as we worry about over-vaccination, under-vaccination is also a real concern.

For dogs in Singapore,  vaccines for Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper and Canine Adenovirus (Hepatitis) are considered core vaccines.

Canine VacciCheck Antibody Test is now available to measure the amount of antibodies present for these 3 diseases. The test results would help determine if your dog requires additional vaccination.

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Canine VacciCheck Antibody Test Kit includes an ImmunoComb & a developing plate which can hold up to 12 samples.

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Luna & Pong, Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic (North), collect blood from 13-year-old Miko the Cocker Spaniel.

12-year-old Sunshine getting a physical examination by Dr Kasey Tan before her VacciCheck.

12-year-old Sunshine getting a physical examination by Dr Kasey Tan, Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic (North), with lots of treats, before VacciCheck test. For senior pets like Sunshine, we recommend a health screen every 6 months to detect age-related conditions of the eyes, teeth, heart, kidneys, liver & joints.

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Janice prepares the blood sample for testing.

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Remove the protective aluminium cover of a new well in row A. Deposit a sample into the well.

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Insert the comb into the open well in row A, mix with reagents completely & incubate for 5 minutes. Repeat procedure in the wells of rows B, C, D, E, F for the respective incubation period. Upon completion of colour development, remove the comb & let it dry before interpretation of results.

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Interpreting Canine VacciCheck Test: Compare the colour development of each dot on the comb & grade the value according to the Comb Scale.

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Miko’s VacciCheck results: The 1st dot is the positive reference control. The other 3 dots represent antibody levels present for Canine Adenovirus Type 2, Canine Parvovirus & Canine Distemper. The darker the dot, the higher the level of antibodies present.

1st Dot: Positive Reference Control

2nd Dot: Canine Adenovirus Type 2
-> High level of antibodies present
-> Miko is protected against Canine Adenovirus

3rd Dot: Canine Parvovirus
-> Sufficient level of antibodies present
-> Miko is protected against Canine Parvovirus

4th Dot: Canine Distemper
-> Low level of antibodies present
-> Miko may not be protected against Canine Distemper

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Sunshine’s VacciCheck results: High levels of antibodies present for Canine Adenovirus Type 2, Canine Parvovirus & Canine Distemper. She does not require re-vaccination.

Upon receiving the titer test results, you and your vet can decide if your dog needs additional vaccination. The decision may depend on:

  • your dog’s age
  • your dog’s current state of health
  • your dog’s lifestyle (e.g. whether she is mostly an indoor dog, socialises with other dogs regularly or is boarding at a shelter)

13-year-old Miko is mostly an indoor dog. She has heart murmur and is recovering from ear infection. Her owner decided not to re-vaccinate her.

Canine VacciCheck Antibody Test is available at all our 9 clinics. Make an appointment with our vets to find out more. And remember to schedule a health screen for your oldie!

* Feline VacciCheck Antibody Test is not available at the moment.

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