Case Report - Titers

What is a titer?

  • A measure of the amount of virus in the blood.

  • A measure of the antibody level in the blood.

  • I don’t know. I didn’t listen to Dr. Jeff

The answer is - A measure of the antibody level in the blood.

A titer measures antibodies. We can test for viruses but this is only used when a certain disease is suspected.

 

What is not a stimulus for a titer to form?

  • A vaccination.

  • Exposure to a disease.

  • Aging

 

The answer is – Aging

Age itself doesn’t create a titer, but exposure to the disease or a vaccination can do it.

 

How do we interpret the titer number?

  • The higher the number, the more antibody is present.

  • A pup starts out with a high titer for all diseases.

  • A low level means a good response to the vaccination.

The answer is - The higher the number, the more antibody is present. A higher tighter means a successful vaccination to create immunity. A low level would mean a poor vaccination response. And, pups start out with low (like close to zero) levels of antibodies in the blood but they go up with the consumption of colostrum.

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