Message Number: FHL5606 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2008-07-22 23:24:59 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re:With regards to recent vaccination questions, what are 'titer levels

Titers are a measurement of the level of antibody in an animal's blood and in
some diseases can be used to predict whether an animal has enough protection
to be able to fight an exposure to the disease the antibody is against.
Research is just now being started on titer levels in ferrets - we do NOT know what
the protective level is in ferrets. Right now we are looking at what the
levels are, and what they do over time. We do know that a titer against
distemper of 32 or greater is protective for dogs, big cats, and sea lions. Odds are
that a titer of the same level may be protective in ferrets - but that is NOT

What does that mean clinically? Well, it means that you need to discuss with
your veterinarian whether to vaccinate or run a titer and vaccinate (or not)
based on the results. Regardless, kits and unvaccinated ferrets need to be
vaccinated properly prior to looking into titers.

Dr. Ruth
Save lives - spay or neuter your pet.

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