For many years vaccinating our pets has become common place. Most responsible owners vaccinate their pups against Parvovirus, Leptospirosis and Distemper with some having an additional Kennel Cough vaccination.
Vaccinations are usually followed by an annual booster jab.
Recently, it has come to light that we may be over vaccinating our pets, with the risks of the vaccination outweighing the benefits. It is thought that our pets immunity to the above health issues lasts longer than 1 year. That said, many argue that if we the number of vaccinated pets is to decrease, then more will be at risk of a disease outbreak.
Many owners are now opting for titre testing. This is a blood test that enables the vet to assess the level of immunity your dog carries. An informed decision on whether or not to vaccinate can then be made. The following link will show vets in our area offering the titre test. ( Vacci Link ).
You can also search which diseases are most prominent in your area here.
Central Bark will now accept a clear titre test result in place of a booster vaccination for daytrippers. Their is currently no test for Leptospirosis which means it may be wise to stay vaccinated against this disease.
There is lots of information available online so if you are concerned do some research and speak to your veterinarian.