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Old 11-24-2012, 05:13 PM
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Do you live in Toronto? Just curious because you mentioned that rabies is required. It's not required here (close to Vancouver). I didn't know that dogs don't need the rabies vaccine when driving across the border!
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Zorana, our vet is one of the oldest/most famous Holistic Vets in the city. This means we don't have to fight to ONLY do Parvo & Distemper instead of those horrid multi-way vaccines. On the flip side, it might mean we pay a premium. So we shall see. I will call around for prices on Monday. At some point, though, once you get charged all the "new client" fees to go somewhere else, it starts to add up. So I am sincerely hoping our vet offers vaccine titres for just a small premium over vaccines themselves. I will even pay double! LOL
That's great that you see a holistic vet! I used to see one 1.5hrs away for Gino but she was so crazy expensive, 15 min visits for $80, initially physical exam $200! So now that I have 3 dogs I can't afford her, but my vet is open to holistic and traditional medicine, so she lets me do titers and things like that. But I did have a hard time finding the single and bi-valent vaccines, I eventually did tho!


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KrystalLeigh, yep we are in Toronto now. We used to live in Vancouver a few years ago, and Calgary for a year sandwiched in there too. Calgary was the best place for expenses. Horse/farm vets are cheaper, less tax... Sigh. Ontario city vets are brutal, and there is HST on everything.

Just to be clear, Rabies IS required to cross the border, 3+ months of age. But neither I nor anyone I know has ever been asked to show proof of Rabies when crossing by car. So I do and will continue to "forget" our documentation. If I am ever turned away, I'll go grab lunch and pick a new line on the next time through in a couple of hours.

I will only get my puppy's Rabies when either necessitated by air travel, or, I guess boarding/grooming (though I avoid both) because I suppose if your dog bites someone you have to produce proof of Rabies or else they may theoretically destroy your dog just to test their brain tissue. People trump pets if there is any discrepancy on Rabies.
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You can titer for rabies. There's only a few labs that do it. Ours was done at K-State (Kansas State University) and was about $200. Expensive. But since Brody had a mild reaction, he is exempt from the rabies shot now. I carry a copy of the titer with me (one copy in the car, one in my purse) and if God forbid, anything bad would happen, I would have 'proof' of vaccination via titer.
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You can titer for rabies. There's only a few labs that do it. Ours was done at K-State (Kansas State University) and was about $200. Expensive. But since Brody had a mild reaction, he is exempt from the rabies shot now. I carry a copy of the titer with me (one copy in the car, one in my purse) and if God forbid, anything bad would happen, I would have 'proof' of vaccination via titer.
My vet said that I could titer but if (which would never happen) one of my dogs bit someone and they took me to court, the titers would mean nothing, which stinks bc I hate the rabies vaccine. Lola and mojo will be due next year but I'm thinking of skipping it


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My vet said that I could titer but if (which would never happen) one of my dogs bit someone and they took me to court, the titers would mean nothing, which stinks bc I hate the rabies vaccine. Lola and mojo will be due next year but I'm thinking of skipping it


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In Florida, if your dog bites someone having titers only is like having nothing- the quarantine, investigation, potential euthanasia and narcropsy still apply. And my county fines those without vaccine. It's very unfair- I'm will to pay for the titer! So I do the three year vaccine and try to stretch it as much as possible. I don't know what North Carolina law is, but I figure I'm safe. Toby got a one year rabies (in Florida the first dose has to be one year) and e will be due in April. I will get him the three year vaccine unless I can get definitive proof that titers are okay. None of my dogs have ever has a reaction so as long as that continues I'm comfortable with all titers except rabies.


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I think it depends on the court system. I can't imagine a court system that would take a bite from a chihuahua, NOT accept that a titer is proof of immunity, hold the dog and possibly euthanize it. I just don't think that is realistically a threat. Therefore, I titer, and I have a valid reason from the vet not to ever give rabies again.

I realize everyone has to do what they are comfortable with.
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Just to update you all, her Parvo & Distemper vaccine titres were positive, so NO third puppy shot required! Yay!

Now to get Rabies sometime in the future, then titre for that next year...
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