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.
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
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.