Horses today can live longer, healthier lives than ever before—in part because of vaccines that help protect them from deadly infectious diseases. Over the years, vaccines against dangerous diseases have saved millions of horses. Unfortunately, many infectious diseases still pose a significant threat to horses that are unvaccinated. Although vaccine programs have been highly successful and vaccines are considered routine today, we (as caregivers) and you (as a horse owner) cannot afford to become complacent about keeping your horse updated on his or her vaccinations.
Many vaccines are available for use in horses, but your horse may not need every available vaccine. Some vaccines are considered core vaccines and should be administered to all horses, whereas other vaccines are optional (non-core) and may be recommended for a particular horse based on a variety of factors, such as how the horse is used (e.g., show horse, brood mare, trail horse), frequency of travel, stable management, age, and other variables that affect the risk of exposure to disease. Vaccine recommendations can also change throughout a horse’s life, as frequency of travel and other variables change. We will consider all these factors when we recommend which vaccines your horse should receive.
Our doctors and other staff members are well educated about veterinary vaccines, and our goal is to give you the best advice for keeping your horse healthy. Vaccination is a safe, effective, and relatively inexpensive way to help horses live longer, healthier lives. Protecting your horse is our primary goal, so developing an appropriate vaccine schedule is important to us. Call us today to set up an appointment to discuss your horse’s vaccination needs.