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Vaccination

Read to learn about horse vaccination facts and fiction.We may live in the 21st century with information literally at our fingertips, but myths and misconceptions still abound. When it comes to protecting your horse from disease, a routine vaccination...
 The threat of deadly equine diseases like West Nile and rabies is closer than you think. Don’t leave your horse exposed. Help protect him with annual vaccinations against the five core equine diseases: Eastern and Western Equine Encephalomyelitis Eastern equine encephalomyelitis...
Horse owners have the opportunity to vaccinate their horses against a whole variety of infectious diseases. Unfortunately, they’re also confronted with a whole variety of advice from a whole variety of sources—and most of them sound at least somewhat...
Some horse owners choose to get vaccines from catalogs or feed stores, and vaccinate their horses themselves. Others may choose not to vaccinate at all. Is that OK? Assuming that the product is good, has been properly stored, and properly...
Eastern Equine Encephalitis/Western Equine Encephalitis (EEE and WEE) Largely safe, minimal risk, pretty effective at preventing very serious diseases that kill horses. Depending on where you are, your veterinarian might even advocate vaccinating more than once a year (and that...
In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions.Q: Why do we give shots in spring? Can I have my vet give them in the fall instead? A: You can absolutely work with your veterinarian and...
A vet prepares vaccines for a horse's annual spring shots. Q: With my dog and cat, vaccination schedules are becoming more spread out as research shows that they are still protected with an initial kitten/puppy series well into their middle...
Q: I always thought that foals had to have shots pretty early on, just like human babies. My friend says they don't need vaccinations because they get antibodies from their mother when they begin nursing. Who's right? A: You both...
Q: All of my horses are now retired from competing and I keep them at home where there aren’t other horses coming in and out of the barn. Do I need to continue to vaccinate them on the same...
Q: I own two off-track Thoroughbreds that live at home. I have been considering self-vaccination for my mare and gelding. Can you share with me pros and cons of not having my veterinarian do this task? A: Believe me, I...
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