Whether you’re the owner of a back yard pasture mate or a highly competitive show horse there is one thing we can all agree on, we want to see our horses healthy. That’s why having a good relationship with your veterinarian can assure that they are in the best shape. By working closely with your veterinarian you can establish a proper vaccination schedule that works best for every need. An annual or bi- annual visit for each horse allows for a thorough physical exam, dental exam, body condition scoring and dietary review. This also allows for clients to have a one on one discussion about any concerns they may have regarding their companion. It is important for owners to remember that vaccines are the most economic option to ensure that your horses are healthy and reduce the risk of being sick un-expectantly. Many of our clients choose from our popular wellness programs outlined on our website. However, if you don’t wish to be locked into a program, be sure to request an annual exam when scheduling your vaccine or dental appointment. We reduce our fees when done in conjunction with one of these procedures.
Many owners wonder what the best vaccination plan is for their horses, and whether vaccines are even necessary. The answer to this question depends on many things. Obviously if there is little exposure to other horses, there are less vaccines suggested. Rabies & Tetanus are serious conditions that should be boosted every year for all horses. Mosquito borne diseases such as Eastern & Western Encephalitis and West Nile virus are also very serious and can infect a lone backyard horse just as easily as infecting one in a busy stable. Geography plays a major factor in when and how often horses should be vaccinated against mosquito borne diseases. While a horse in Maine may only be exposed a few months out of the year a horse in Florida may be exposed year round.
For horses that are exposed to others, we would advise additional vaccines & protocols. Some of the horses going to shows require additional Flu Rhino vaccines as there have been some influenza outbreaks in the last year that have shut down some major shows.
We like to evaluate each horse so that if there are any concerns such as heaves, uveitis or Cushings disease, we may recommend a different protocol or potentially advise some bloodwork to monitor them more thoroughly.