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« on: January 02, 2005, 10:08:21 PM »

I have been called by my vet as Nuuk is due for her annual shots (except rabies as it is every 3 years and she had it last year). I asked my vet to get a titer to see how much is left in her system before re-doing her shots and he could not undertand why I'd need that. I insisted and he said maybe the Montreal University Vet may do it but for rabies only. Will get an answer this week.

I did my own search and phone calls but so far no one does that here. This is something almost unheard of here but we do have to push the questioning. Otherwise are we doing the right thing???

My french board members who some are really well-informed recommended that I send my own blood sample to Jean Dodds in the States. She is one of the best (if not the best) to do this type of analysis. According to them, I can myself ship it to them and results were be sent out easily.

Any one dealt with this type of testing from her/or her team? Should I go ahead by experience? How expansive can it be?

That is her website.
http://www.hemopet.com/

Thanks and if I go ahead, will sure let you know how it was.
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2005, 11:10:40 PM »

Rabies every three years??  We have it every year here.
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2005, 11:11:01 PM »

I have looked  into giving Winston Titers in the past and they winded up being so much more expensive to have done here, that I decided to go with the annual shots, until it became more common place and affordable.    I had to weigh the pros/cons and the check book.  

I'm an advocate of Titers... just wish they were more affordable (at least around here).  I'll check out the website.. .sounds interesting.

In any case.  You would need a vet/lab to draw the blood and ship it to homopet address.   That in itself may be pretty pricey to get across the border.   Would take a little research, but could probably be done, if you are willing to pay.
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2005, 11:39:25 PM »

Found this for you on titers.

ONLY a vet may submit blood for the titers. Antech Lab, NYC 1-800 872 -1001 (who does our Combo Titers), and also through Hemopet who will also do the Rabies titer . They titer for Distemper, Parvo, Corona at a total cost of $75 PER DOG. Lepto titers are not diagnostic yet (in other words they can titer for it, but haven't developed a proven Titer for Lepto yet), so if you have Lepto in the area, you should get the vaccine if your vet suggests. Some small dogs react to Lepto vaccines.....so many recommend not to vaccinate unless you have to.


Antech Lab, NYC 1-800 872 -1001


Hemopet Office: (Wed/Thurs)
Phone: 714-891-2022 --Pacific Time
Fax: 714-891-2123
11330 Markon Dr
Garden Grove, CA 92841 USA

And the link from this http://www.doglogic.com/vaccination.htm
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2005, 10:31:58 AM »

Although you live in Quebec, have you tried Guelph University's Small Animal Clinic?  They are excellent - my Dachshunds had their horrible back surgery done by Guelph neuro-surgeons - my 2 dolls being the worst cases the doctor had ever seen - and were given excellent care - both physically and emotionally.  Who knows maybe they could do something for you.  Elmo and I made an agreement as we passed Guelph on the way back from his breeder's place - we are NEVER going to do a midnight run to Guelph.  He had better hold up to his end of the bargain.  Unfortunately the emergency specialists in Toronto won't do surgery without a 24 hour work-up even in a life threatening situation.  My Dachshund would have died that night if we hadn't raced to Guelph, so I think kindly of them.
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2005, 08:41:52 PM »

Woke up an old thread.

My vet finally called me. We are going to have a titer testing for Nuuk on Tues. night. It is going to be shipped with other samples to J. Dodds' lab.

It is going to cost me $33 usd for the distemper and parvo. Not bad. A full kit (I can't recall how many things checked was $89 usd). It is not a necessity for us at this point (I remember among other things that the thyroid was in there as well as rabies).

Can't wait to see the results. Rabies are not due yet (in 2 years only).

Will let you know for sure.
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2005, 08:26:48 PM »

The samples for Nuuk and Tako are on the plane and on it's way to California. We should get the results within 2 weeks. He did not charge me for the visit nor the blood drawing (told you I have a good vet). I am his guinea pig as usual. The dogs were really good when he used needle on their little paw. He could not believe how much hair Tako has on legs. Smile . No kidding.

If he likes the way it's working out, he will ask to have an account open with J. Dodds' lab. When done through our vet university, same tests are $180cdn (incl. shipping). He thinks it's a rip off (and I must admit he is right). I paid for the 2 dogs $85Cdn at the post office plus $15 shipping I am splitting with another person who wanted testing also.

I asked him a few questions about how many times in my area did he see distemper and parvo. Distemper he saw a case last year and parvo 2-3 per year.

As far as heartworm, I did not want to give the little pills monthly (the less chemical the better for them) but go for blood sample twice a year. I asked him what happens if a worm is found. They die. Simple as that. There is a project study going on at our vet University but nothing conclusing yet. It consists of 9 pills given at a certain space. Results are not in yet.

So we are going to go with the little pills.  Frown  Can't take the chance of seeing my dogs die because of this.

The lady that was there as a grooming doggie place. She said they have an eskie that goes there. She can't believe how much shedding they go through. No kidding Big Grin . She said the little dog is adorable.

So 3 out of 3 for the good reputation. Yeahhhh!
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2005, 08:56:00 PM »

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I asked him what happens if a worm is found. They die. Simple as that.

This isn't true.  If left untreated, it is always fatal.  But there are treatments for heartworm.  However, while most times the worm is killed and the dog survives, in many cases the treatment itself can prove fatal.  

The preventative pill is still the best option.
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2005, 09:08:14 PM »

According to him, there is not much available to us here if dog has the worm. That is why he said they are experimenting a new type of treatment at our vet Uni. but results were not in yet.

Maybe it is something fairly new around here and they don't have much info yet! I did not question more at that point as we had to hurry to get the blood sample on the plane leaving at 7pm and it was 6pm and they had to drive 45 minutes!!!
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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2005, 12:33:07 AM »

Sticky had heartworm two years ago.  It was an experience I would not want to repeat.  They poison the dog enough to get rid of the heartworms, and your dog is very sick for about a week.  Then you have to keep them still for a month while the worms die off and are absorbed into the system.  If the dog is too active, a clump can dislodge and get into the bloodstream.

We got careless in giving the tablets, so that's how it happened.  The treatement is also expensive, I think we paid $450 but I've heard of others that have paid as much as $2000.
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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2005, 10:50:54 PM »

I already have the results of the titering that was sent less than 48 hours ago.

Nuuk is doing fine for Parvo and Distemper. No need to re-check before 2007.

Tako is fine for Distemper but just over the limit for Parvo. Will be re-tested in 2006.

So no need to vaccine them for a long while!!!!! Gooooooood

Their rabies shot was good for 3 years anyway and was given last year. Will be re-testing this too in time.
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