Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Why vaccinations are important

This story just aired yesterday, reminding us of the importance of vaccinating our pets, including our horses:

First equine-rabies case diagnosed in El Paso

How scary. And it just goes to show that yeah, your horse contracting one of the diseases we vaccinate for might not be likely, but if it does happen it could well be fatal. And if it is, well, your decision not to vaccinate will have cost your horse its life.

I do need to check my vet records and make sure rabies is one of those my vet vaccinates for, I suppose. My vet doesn't do the 5-in-1 or 6-in-1 shots, because he says that the vaccine for Eastern and Western encephalomyelitis reacts badly with West Nile; therefore he does the Eastern/Western shot in the fall, and West Nile in the spring. I need to look and make sure that rabies is combined with one of those, however, because I know he's not giving Panama a separate shot for rabies!



At September 16, 2009 at 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabies is usually a separate vaccination, and I believe all horses, whatever their turnout situation, should get it. It's not worth messing with.

At September 16, 2009 at 1:09 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks, Kate. I checked my paperwork and tetanus is combined with the Eastern/Western vaccine. I looked it up and apparently tetanus and rabies vaccines are sometimes combined, but I don't see anything about rabies vaccinations on my paperwork. I assumed my vet would be vaccinating against it but I guess not. I'll have to call him and double check, but if not, the last rabies vaccination Panama had was 2 years ago.


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