Young animals are like kids–it’s a never-ending job to keep them safe and happy. Vaccinating your puppy or kitten is a relatively inexpensive but very important way to protect his or her health. In addition to preventing many life-threatening illnesses, vaccinations can prevent diseases prevalent in wildlife and those that can be passed to humans. It’s important to administer vaccinations when pets are puppies and kittens because their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy. After your pet’s initial puppy or kitten vaccines, we recommend titer testing in order to avoid over-vaccination. Titer testing is used to determine your pets level of immune response to a vaccine, establishing their need for a booster injection or not. Depending on the results, your pet may not need a vaccine for several years. Titers are available for Distemper and Parvovirus for dogs and Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia for cats. Rabies titers are also available for dogs and cats. Please note that a rabies titer is not a legal exemption from a rabies vaccine, however, some areas may accept this for licensing.