#16 Titers: Are you using them wisely?


In this interview, I’m the guest and I’m being interviewed on homeopath Julie Anne Lee’s Adored Beast show. Tune in to learn how you can use titers wisely and save both money and your pet’s health when you know this stuff.

Titers seem simple enough on the surface: they are measures of antibodies your animal has made to a germ of some sort, usually a virus.

But what are the limits of titer testing?

Does your vet read titers properly?

Do you believe the lab’s recommendations?

Do breeders understand the difference between vaccination and immunization? Do you?

13:00 What value does a titer have? Less vaccines! And why would you want to limit vaccines?

If a vaccine label says “Repeat annually” what does that really mean? Is annual titer testing a better path or a waste of time, money, and brain cells?

What’s DOI? How is that important?

16:15 What are the limits of titer testing? When the titer falls, is your animal really no longer immune?

22:53 How likely are puppyhood illnesses going to hurt a senior? Is revaccinating your senior more risk than benefit?

All this and more is answered in this episode to help you be a wise guardian for those innocent animals in your care, what ever species they are.

Links for this episode

Julie Anne Lee’s Adored Beast Apothecary
The Adored Beast Collective, a free Facebook discussion group
Find them on Instagram @adoredbeastapothecary
More on titers with Dr. John Robb: Episode 4
The Fallacy of Titer Tests
How Safe are Vaccines?
Your vaccination waiver!

If it’s strong immunity you’re after (and who isn’t?), far safer and more effective than vaccination is using potent immune support for your dog and cat.

My sister site, Vital Pet Health has you covered:
Canine Immune Complete

Feline Immune Complete

Let us know in the comments if this business of titer testing is one you’re taking part in. Did you learn something from this interview that you may not have known before?

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Next week: Vegan food: Does it have a place in your pets? Don’t miss my interview with Dr. Marybeth Minter who helped greatly improve one of her wildly itchy dog patients by using this controversial approach along with careful homeopathic prescribing. This one is sure to bring in comments!

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  1. Claire S on March 28, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Dr. Robb always did our Titer testing but sadly, he no longer will do them for anyone out of his state.

  2. Joy Metcalf on January 8, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Yesterday we had a rabid raccoon at my place, discovered by my Sheltie, under one of our cars. I called him in, called the game ward when it became evident that it was rabid (late stage), A friend came over and shot it, and we disposed of it as the game warden directed. I told the story in detail on my Facebook page, and of course, someone asked, “Is he up to date on his rabies shots?”, to which I replied, “Yes, he’s up to date.” I didn’t mention that he’s 6 years old and has had 2 shots in his entire life. I know the immunity is there and I’m not going to be frightened into unnecessary vaccination.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on January 8, 2021 at 11:35 pm

      Right on, Joy. We all have to clearly understand what “up to date” really means, and adjust accordingly. You have answered truthfully and more have to become aware enough to confidently answer in the affirmative, without hesitation.
      If this is new to anyone reading this, you can listen carefully to this episode and search for more on the phrase “duration of immunity” in the site’s search box to the right.

  3. Ann Walk on December 18, 2020 at 8:33 am

    This was absolutely awesome!!!! Thanks to the three of you so very much. So much helpful information.

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