Export Your Dog: Step 2 – The Rabies Titre Test

This second video in this series looks at the rabies titre test, what the steps are and what you need to know to make the process as smooth and stress free as possible, for both you and your fur-baby. The rabies titre test is a blood test to prove that your pet has enough anti-bodies to fight rabies IF it were to come into contact with the disease. Many destination countries have a minimum anti-body count as a requirement of entry, including all Europe, UK, Australia, Japan and many others. Your dog will need to reach this minimum in order to get approval for entry into your destination country.

There are a number of key factors that we want to be across before we dive into the actual steps to get the test done:

Firstly, before we do the blood draw, you want to triple-check with your destination country government’s customs/quarantine website IF you need the test AND what laboratory is eligible to complete the test. Not all lab’s reports are recognized by various governments and you do not want to find out later that you went to the wrong one. You will need to redo everything!

Secondly, this is not going to be the last time that your pet has to get blood drawn before the relocation process is complete. Therefore, you want to make sure that this first time goes as smoothly as possible and that your dog is not unduly effected. If it is a highly stressful experience, I guarantee you that next time is going to be even worse. Take the time to choose the right hospital, with a patient vet that ideally your dog knows. Come prepared with treats and reinforce calm confident behavior. If at all possible, come and meet the vet a few times in advance to preload some really fun experiences into your dog so that they have a positive association with the vet.

Thirdly, not surprisingly, there are several options about how you get the blood drawn, processed and sent to the laboratory.

  • You can outsource the whole thing to an English speaking vet hospital, this is the most expensive option as they will charge you for each step at expat rates. Rates are around ¥2500.
  • You can get the blood drawn by a non-English speaking vet hospital, this will be less expensive, however they will still charge you for each step. Rates are around ¥1000-1500.
  • You can get the blood drawn by either a English or non-English speaking vet hospital (which is quite simple and inexpensive – around ¥100 – ¥200) and then take care of all couriering and the correspondence with the laboratory yourself. For example, the Changchun lab’s fees for the test are only ¥400. Chateau Canine normally can give a little bit of guidance to its client’s with the fundamentals and the whole thing can be done by the client for about ¥600 with a little bit of nous and a minimum of fuss.

Finally, it is ideal that before the blood draw, your dog doesn’t eat for about 12 hours in advance. According to the vets we have spoken to, this maximizes the chance of an accurate result. If you going to one of the countries that insists that the blood be sent overseas to an international lab (for example Lablokin in Germany), this is quite expensive and extremely time consuming, so you want to be doing everything you can to make sure you get the best results possible.

Ok, so what are the steps?

  1. After your pet’s rabies injection (from step 1 video), wait about 20-30 days for it to reach full effectiveness.
  2. Print out the application form for the lab – do 2 copies just in case you make a mistake!
  3. Call your preferred vet to book a time and confirm they can do the blood draw and blood serum separation and know what you are talking about. Really local vet hospitals won’t have done this before.
  4. We suggest you BYO: a frozen ice bag, a medium size zip lock glad bag, a post it note, sticky tape and a clean fast food container from last night’s Thai dinner.
  5. Arrive at the vet, draw out enough blood to be left with 1ml of blood serum after it is processed.
  6. Have the vet process the blood (centrifuge) this takes about an hour.
  7. Fill out the form while you are at the vet waiting, get them to chop your form while you are there. By chopping it, they are confirming to the lab that their licensed hospital drew the blood from this particular dog.
  8. On the blood serum tube, put a sticky note on there with the applicant’s name (that is you) and the dog’s microchip number. If you don’t have a microchip in your dog – then you need to go back to our step 1 video.
  9. Put the serum, with the note on it into sealed Glad Bag – so the ice bag doesn’t make the ink run.
  10. Put the plastic bag into the fast food container box with the frozen ice bag, and put the lid on.
  11. Put all of that, with the application form, into a cardboard box for couriering.
  12. Use your Shunfeng Mini Program in WeChat to order the courier and send it out.
  13. Once it is on its way, you need to pay the Changchun lab. The bank details are on the second page of the application form. They only accept bank transfer. When you do the bank transfer, the transfer comment must be the applicant’s name (that is you).
  14. Then you need to add them on WeChat, the Changchun lab’s customer service WeChat ID is: ye-722 (If you want the German based Lablokin Lab’s customer service WeChat, please contact Chateau Canine)
  15. After you have added them on WeChat, then you need to tell them your applicant’s name (that is you) and your dog’s microchip number, and your Shunfeng tracking number.
  16. They will then keep an eye out for it and then process it upon arrival and automatically send the report back to you via courier a couple of weeks later. If you want to ask them a few days after you have sent the blood if they have received it, they normally respond and confirm quite quickly they have it in hand and it is in processing.
  17. If you don’t have the report back in your hand in 3 weeks, contact them for an update.

Chateau Canine has done this dozens of times over the course of this year, it is easily manageable by yourself even with limited Chinese, however if you feel a little bit overwhelmed, please don’t hesitate to contact us (WeChat ID: ChateauCanine) and we can point you in the right direction with some templates, and/or recommend a reliable hospital who can help you get this done.

A Final Thought:

If you haven’t started thinking about crate training, then it’s definitely something to start thinking about early too. Buy a good quality crate from Chateau Canine here and watch our free how to crate train video here.

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