Equine Fall Shots

Rhino-Flu + Strangles = October!

It’s that time of year again, October is just around the corner and that means there’s an extra chore to do in the barnyard, fall vaccines.

The two most frequent equine diseases are influenza and equine herpes virus (EHV) infection, also known as rhinopneumonitis.
Most upper respiratory disease are not life threatening, but cause severe anxiety and may predispose horses to life-threatening conditions. Whether you vaccinate yourself or schedule a farm call, October is Rhino-Flu vaccination time.

Broodmares & Rhino…

If you have mares in foal it is especially important to consult your veterinarian when deciding on an immunization program, the rules are different for broodmares.

You should also vaccinate againstStrangles, the most important infectious disease affecting horses. It is caused by a bacterium, Streptococcus equi. Horses suffering from strangles have a pus discharge from the nostrils and swellings (abscesses) forming in the lymph glands under the jaw. These abscesses often burst and exude a thick yellow pus. Affected horses can have fever, be depressed and may stop eating. Most animals recover, but horses that contract even a mild case of strangles must be isolated and removed from training or heavy work for up to 3 months. In some cases the infection can cause chronic illness or even death.

amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch

*Consult with your veterinarian to develop an immunization program specifically designed for your horse.

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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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