What vaccinations do you give your horse? How often do you give them? What happens if your horse has a reaction to one of his vaccinations? These are questions I put to our listeners. As part of the dialogue we, got to hear from people in many parts of the United States. Some folks prefer giving their horses the 5 and 6-way combination shots. Some people spread the vaccinations over two weeks, lessening the chance or strain of a reaction.
A Source of Good Information about Vaccinations
However you add it up, your horse needs help from some nasty diseases out there. There is a lot of good information on the website of The American Association of Equine Practitioners. While there is no standard protocol for a vaccination schedule that fits every horse, the Association recommends a set of core vaccinations for most horses. Eastern/Western Equine Encephalomyelitis, Rabies, Tetanus, and West Nile Virus fall into this core category.
Then there are the Risk-based vaccines. Use these vaccines if your horse has a risk to exposure (not all horses do). These include rabies, equine influenza, leptospirosis, strangles and a few others. Check out the information on their website to see which shots work best for your horses.
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