Every client's lifestyle is different, and every patient is an individual. So why would we have standard vaccine protocols?
In your first consultation with Dr. Jason, you will discuss you and your best friend's lifestyle and values... he will ask if your cat goes outside, if your dog crosses the US border, if you go hiking in or out of the Okanagan, and so forth. Our goal is to protect your pet against serious diseases, while avoid vaccinations for the sake of vaccinations.
When they are young, puppies and kittens need exposure to certain diseases, but we try to space out those vaccines as much as possible, and never administer them to a pet in less than optimum health.
As they get older, we recommend testing your cats' and dogs' blood with titre tests, to find out what immunity they have developed. This enables you to know what they are or are not immune to, so you don't unnecessarily routinely vaccinate them.
Titre (pronounced tight-er) testing is a medical alternative to routine vaccinations. Testing titres means testing your pet's immunity level to see if they need a vaccine boost, instead of just boosting a vaccination without knowing if they need it or not.
A titre test is a blood test performed in a laboratory that measures the immunity levels to individual diseases. Dr. Jason Rowan recommends that every adult dog and cat receives a titre test before deciding to administer vaccine boosters. This approach prevents over-vaccination and unnecessarily stimulating the dog or cat's immune system.
A positive titre test means that the dog or cat has immunity to a disease, and they cannot get or spread the disease.
Pandosy Village Veterinary Hospital offers the following vaccines and titre tests. Note the prices are subject to change, and are in addition to consultation fees. We also have tick, flea and heartworm prevention, as well as deworming.
|Canine combo vaccine||This injection protects your puppy/dog against parvovirus, distemper and Adenovirus.||$35|
|Feline combo vaccine||This injection protects your kitten/cat against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia and distemper.||$35|
|Canine rabies vaccine||This injection protects your dog against rabies.||$35|
|Feline rabies vaccine||This injection protects your cat against rabies.||$58|
|Canine bordetella vaccine||This nasal drop protects your dog against bordatella, one of the strains of kennel cough.||$35|
|Canine combo titre test||This blood test measures your dog's immunity to three diseases: parvovirus, distemper and Adenovirus. The results specify which of the diseases they have immunity for, and to what level. This test is done at the laboratory in-house at Pandosy Village Veterinary Hospital, and the results are returned the same day as the test. This test should be done every three years.||$95|
|Feline combo titre test||This blood test measures your cat's immunity to three diseases: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia. The results specify which of the diseases they have immunity for, and to what level. This test is done in a laboratory at Kansas State University, and the results are returned in approximately two weeks. This test should be done every three years.||$99|
|Rabies titre test||This blood test measures your dog or cat's immunity to the rabies virus, and to what level. This test is done in a laboratory at Kansas State University, and the results are returned in approximately two weeks. Note that currently a rabies titre test does not meet the requirements for crossing the U.S. border. This test should be done every three years.||$152|
Please call 778-478-7088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a consultation with Dr. Jason to discuss titre testing and any other pet health issue.
A positive titre test means that the dog or cat has immunity to a disease, and they cannot get or spread the disease. Titre-testing is an established method in both veterinary and human medicine for testing immunity. Some of our titre tests are done in our own state-of-the-art clinic's lab, but others are sent to Kansas State University.
Many Kelowna boarding and daycare facilities for dogs and cats now accept titre tests as proof of immunity against disease.
For your convenience, we have called the local facilities, and collected their responses about what vaccines or titre tests they require. Here is our most up-to-date listing of Kelowna Pet Boarding and Daycare Facilities, and their vaccine / titre requirements.
If you would like to cross the border into the USA, combo vaccines are not required; however, rabies vaccines are. Border Services does not yet accept titre testing in lieu of vaccine certificates.
Our integrative neighbourhood vet clinic offers holistic care for your pets, such as vaccinations and titre testing, Western and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional consultations, Traditional Chinese acupuncture, and chiropractic care, as well as conventional medicine, ultrasound, radiology and laboratory diagnostics, spay/neuter surgeries and dentistry. Our Pounce & Hound Fine Pet Goods store stocks high quality raw and dry food, nutritional supplements, gear and toys.