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SAMANTHA YOUNGBLOOD OFFERS vaccine titer testing clinics four times a year at her Youngblood’s Natural Animal Care Center & Massage in Wilkinson, IN. She began holding the clinics after her 2-year-old Boston Terrier, BZRK, developed mast cell tumors after over-vaccination caused a compromised immune system. Youngblood walks PETS+ readers through how to offer this service and takes questions from viewers.

In addition to a registered vet technician to draw the blood, you will need to have on hand to hold a clinic at your business:

  • Small table for small dogs and cats to sit/stand on
  • Large mat for large dogs to sit/stand on
  • Towels to wrap cats
  • Muzzles (if needed)
  • Peanut butter and tongue depressors or lickimat to distcrat pets
  • Alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • Bandage wrap
  • Vacutainer tubes — serum blood collection
  • Syringes – 5 to 6 cc
  • Needles 18 to 23 gauge, 1 inch
  • Labels for tubes
  • Centrifuge
  • Sharps container
  • Bubble wrap and box to ship tubes

Youngblood says that getting started should only cost around $300.

To read more about Youngblood and her inspiration for offering titer testing clinics, read the Wellness Warriors feature from our Nov-Dec 2020 issue.

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Pamela Mitchell is the Editor-in-Chief of PETS+. She works from her home office in Houston, TX, with Ty the Boston Terrier as her assistant.

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