Relocating your pet to a country overseas comes with its own set of rules and regulations. One is expected to comply with these rules to successfully transfer residences, and the same goes for international pet relocation. The correct preparation process is expected to be followed, which means choosing the appropriate crate, booking a flight, and fulfilling the import requirements the destination country has is place. Pets are also required to have certain vaccinations before moving overseas.
Rabies, for example, is a highly contagious and destructive viral infection, and most countries require you to provide a proof of vaccination against the disease for your pet. If you were travelling within the EU, from Germany to Italy, your pet wouldn’t need a titer test, as the EU is a rabies-free or rabies-controlled area. Asia has not yet fully eradicated rabies, so animals being imported from high-rabies areas are required to provide proof of vaccination against the virus. This is where a titer test comes in.
A rabies titer test, alternatively known as a rabies neutralizing antibody test is, a test used to measure vaccine efficacy. Once your pet is vaccinated against rabies, you must wait for at least 30 days before drawing a blood sample from them to be sent for testing. The sample is drawn by an accredited veterinarian, and then sent to an appropriate blood-testing lab.
A titer test measures the level of antibodies developed in a blood sample after a vaccine is given. If the vaccination was successful, the results will show a a ratio of at least 0.5 IU/ml, which is the minimum level at which the vaccination is deemed successful, and your pet is protected against the rabies virus.
The rabies titer test is conducted by a blood-testing lab. Your vet draws the blood sample, but you are responsible for sending it to the correct lab. Some countries are particular about the accreditation of the lab performing the test, so make sure to check if the lab you have selected is approved by your destination country.
If need be, you can hire a pet relocation company to conduct this transaction. Being well-versed in the requirements for international import/export, they can send it to the appropriate blood testing lab and deliver the results to your doorstep. If you’re going through the process by yourself, you’ll need to be informed on the import requirements of your destination country, and make sure you send the blood sample to the approved lab.
An example: the USDA in the U.S.A requires titer testing to be done only at a USDA-approved blood testing facility, as results from other labs will be disregarded. Once the testing is completed, you should get soft and hard copies of the results, the latter being required on most vaccination records and import documentation.
Make sure your pet is microchipped before, or at the same time as their rabies vaccination.
Make sure to account for the time it will take for a result to arrive, as waiting times during periods of high demand can extend your wait.
Make sure you ask your vet to provide you with the official results, and not just the digital copy of one. If you’ve hired a pet relocation company, they will do this for you.
A rabies titer test can be a costly affair, and their results may only be valid for a narrow time frame, depending upon the country you plan to move to. Make sure to book a titer test at a suitable date to avoid any last-minute rush. If you have further queries or require rabies titer testing, call (890) 890-9020 or mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We provide rabies titer testing facilities, with sample pick-up and results delivered to your doorstep.