Jenn Pet Vet's Blog

The Scoop About Vaccine Titers October 24, 2012

Which Vaccines Does My Pet Need???

Sometimes deciding the appropriate way to vaccinate your pet can be very confusing. Beyond deciding which vaccines, there is also the question of how frequently should your pet get those vaccines. The vaccine titer is a useful tool that can help determine when your pet needs a vaccine and result in your pet getting fewer vaccines.

So what is a vaccine anyway?

A vaccine is a weakened form of the disease that it is meant to prevent. When a live vaccine is administered it will cause a mini-disease in order to stimulate the immune response. This immune response should then, in theory, protect your dog or cat from the real deal.

A vaccine is not 100% effective. There are many factors that contribute to a vaccines effectiveness. If a pet is sick, has a problem with their immune system, or is otherwise weak their immune response to the vaccine will be diminished.

What is a vaccine titer and what are the pros and cons?

A vaccine titer is a blood test performed by a veterinarian. It measures the amount of antibody in the blood to a specific disease. An adequate titer indicates that the body should be able to fight off that disease.

Pros: The benefit to performing a titer over blindly giving vaccines at predetermined intervals is that it provides a much more fine tailored approach for vaccination. The decision to vaccinate or not is determined by the individual’s immune response, not an arbitrary vaccine schedule. And because vaccines have been linked to autoimmune diseases and other chronic conditions like allergies, seizures, arthritis, endocrine disorders, gastrointestinal problems, and cancer – the fewer vaccines, the better.

Cons: A vaccine titer does cost more than the actual vaccine. But providing a pet with good health is definitely worth the extra cost. There is also a small possibility that because vaccine titer can’t predict future immunity, your pet’s immunity could drop in the months after the titer test.

For which diseases are titer tests performed?

The main diseases that are titer tested for in dogs are Parvovirus and Canine Distemper Virus. There are titer tests for Rabies but this is a vaccine that is required by state law. There are times when a rabies titer might be accepted by a certain jurisdiction, but you will need to contact the local authority that issues rabies licenses in your area to see if they will accept a titer result instead of a vaccine.

For cats the main disease that is titer tested for is Feline Panleukopenia.

If you are performing titer tests for your dog or cat make sure that your veterinarian is able to give individual viral vaccines. This means Parvovirus, Distemper Virus, or Panleukopenia on their own, not the typical DAPP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza) or FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopenia) combination vaccines.

I hope that all of this information is helpful in helping you  and your pets on your journey towards good health!

If you’d like more information on vaccinations, please consider joining me on November 3rd from 7 pm until 9 pm at WonderDogs in Berlin NJ for my complete vaccination discussion. 

Peace, love, and plenty of tail wags~

Jennifer Forsyth, VMD



Cinco de Mayo Celebration May 2, 2012

My Chihuahua, Seaweed, in his favorite Mexico fútbol jacket getting ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!


With Marmalade & Mobile Vet getting under way this week I thought it wouldn’t be complete without a celebration!

This Saturday we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo!  And what kind of celebration would it be without some kind of sale???  So if you schedule an appointment for this Saturday May 5th, 2012 you will get cinco dólares ($5) applied to your bill!


It also wouldn’t be a celebration without food!

So open up a cold bottle of Corona, Modelo, or Dos Equis from D’Agostinis, my favorite local bodega, and get cooking.

***Drink Cerveza (beer) responsibly and don’t share it with your pets***


Cinco de Mayo Fish Tacos – para mis perros (for my dogs)


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (approximately 1/2 lime)
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay™
1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into chunks

1 (8 ounce) container plain nonfat yogurt
1 tablespoons fresh lime juice (approximately 1/2 lime)
1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay™

1 (10 ounce) package whole wheat tortillas
3 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 small head cabbage, cored and shredded


To make the marinade, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, honey, garlic,  and seafood seasoning  in a bowl until blended. Place the tilapia in a shallow dish, and pour the marinade over the fish. Cover, and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours.
To make the dressing, combine the yogurt, lime juice, and seafood seasoning.  Cover, and refrigerate until needed.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Remove fish from marinade, drain off any excess and discard marinade. Bake fish in preheated oven (I use a glass pyrex pan) until it easily flakes with a fork, 11 to 15 minutes.
Assemble tacos by placing fish pieces in the center of tortillas with desired amounts of tomatoes, red bell pepper, and cabbage; drizzle with dressing. To serve, roll up tortillas around fillings, cut into 1 inch slices (to prevent choking), and serve to your favorite four-legged friend.


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

and as always …

peace, love, and plenty of tail wags~


Bark In The Park – April 28th April 26, 2012

The official Marmalade & Mobile Vet Teddy Bears will be there!


Mantua Township is having their annual Bark in the Park and Community Yard Sale from 9 am until 2 pm this Saturday (April 28th).  There will be a dog parade at 11 am so bring your pooch (sign-up for the parade begins at 9 am).  This is the only day of the year when dogs are allowed at Chestnut Branch Park so don’t miss out on all of the fun … and prizes awarded to the dogs in the parade.


Marmalade & Mobile Vet will be there!  Come out to visit with us … we’d love to see some old familiar faces and meet many new ones.


We will be setting up our “hospital” there for the day and offer a free teddy bear clinic for the kids.  We will be ready for action when any dolls, teddy bears, or other stuffed animals show up in need of repair.  We can sew on buttons, place stitches, apply bandages, and give injections.  If there aren’t any stuffed animals in need of veterinary care at your house we will have some of our own there.  So come out to meet us on the 28th – we’d love to see you (and if any of the kids out there want to call us to schedule an appointment for their stuffy and tell us what’s wrong, we’d love to take their call @ 856-375-1314).



peace, love, and plenty of tail wags~


Whiskey Rebellion – for Street Tails Animal Rescue (STAR) February 20, 2012

Help support STAR and come out for the Whiskey Rebellion!


While I won’t be providing any veterinary services at this event, I would love if you could come out to join me in an evening of eating, drinking, making merry, AND more importantly – raising money for Street Tails Animal Rescue!  You will be able to help dogs like Egg Roll and Wonton find loving homes.  And if you’d like to adopt Egg Roll or Wonton, please fill out an adoption form on STAR’s website.  Both boys are  young adorable and sweet dogs.  They couldn’t get enough belly rubs and they will both agree to snuggle with you for hours on end if you take them home to love them.

Egg Roll


The Whiskey Rebellion will be an evening of Whiskey tasting to benefit Street Tails Animal Rescue. Food pairings will be provided by Mark Tropea Chef and Owner of Sonata Restaurant. Featuring Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky, and Hudson (a New York state, American Whiskey provided by William Grant & Sons).

(c)2012 William Grant & Sons USA Inc. Please enjoy these unique spirits responsibly.



Advanced Tickets Available:
Street Tails Adoption Center, 1030 N. 2nd Street #401,
Sonata Restaurant, 1030 N. American Street
Philadelphia Eddies Chinatown Tattoo, 409 Arch Street

Tickets $30. or 2 for $50.


Items up for Raffle donated by, The Chic Petique, Delicious Corsets, Ploome Fitness, DNA Salon, Tattooed Moms, Philadelphia Eddie’s Chinatown Tattoo, and more…


A special thanks to my friends at D’Agostini Liquor Store in Mantua, New Jersey for letting me rearrange their whole whiskey shelf and take photos in their store.  Please check out their store and their Facebook page.



~ peace, love, and plenty of tail wags


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