Vaccinations

Equine heart check

 

We pride ourselves in taking the opportunity at every vaccination to get to know you and your horse, pony or donkey and give you a chance to discuss any concerns you might have. We also aim to provide an  MOT to include listening to the heart and lungs and examining the eyes.

We routinely vaccinate for influenza and tetanus.

 

 

Equine Influenza is a virus that can travel long distances through the air making it highly contagious.

It constantly changes and adapts to avoid the immune system. VeteOphthamic Examinationrinary drug companies are constantly developing vaccines that best reflect the current live strains that threaten your horses. We take great care in selecting the most appropriate vaccine for protection against influenza. There are new outbreaks of influenza all the time, and we are kept informed of these as they emerge.

 

Equine Vaccination  equine microchipping

 

Equine Influenza Primary course Protocol (consisting of 3 vaccinations)

1st 2 doses 21-92 days apart

Third dose: 150-215 days later

Booster dose within 365 days

It is important that the above date ranges are adhered to, both for vaccine efficacy and to comply with current rules for competitions and equestrian venues. 

It is important that your horse has its booster vaccination within 365 days of its’ previous booster otherwise the whole course will need to be re-started. Please note that horses competing under FEI rules may require more frequent booster vaccinations.

It is your responsibility to check the horse’s passport and arrange the required vaccine(s). We send text reminders to help you with this, however they should not be relied upon. Please look at your horse’s passport and ensure that the vaccination record is up to date. If you are unsure we are happy to advise you over the phone or when we are visiting you.

Although the primary course consists of 3 vaccinations, horses are considered safe to take part in competitions 7 days following the second vaccine dose.

Tetanus is caused by a bacterium (Clostridium Tetanii) which is found in the soil. Bacteria invade the body through any cuts or wounds. Toxins from the bacteria affect the nervous system and cause rigid paralysis and often death. Treatment is possible but frequently unsuccessful.

Protocol:

Tetanus protocol: 2 doses 2-4 weeks apart. Annual booster within 2 years

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