Vaccinations

When emergencies occur with your horse, either from injuries or other ailments, your investment to get him/her well can be significant. Vaccinations are an investment in prevention, and having your veterinarian administer your vaccinations regularly puts you in a position to prevent or manage other issues. Seasonal weather changes are the time to reassess your horses' preventive care: check immunization status, review deworm schedule, make seasonal dietary adjustments, prevent and rule out new and ongoing health issues. Regular consultations with your veterinarian are highly recommended for the overall health of your horse. Leaving it up to nature, especially in the area of vaccine preventable illness, risks reducing the amount of time that you share with your main riding partner!

                                               

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." 
First, your veterinarian will determine that your horse apears healthy to receive vaccinations, as not vaccinating a sick horse reduces the risk of reaction significantly. Next, your veterinarian looks for signs and symptoms of problems that may not be discernable or troublesom to you on daily observations. He/She will engage in a dialog about diet, chewing, and behavioral issues and may be able to offer suggestions on ways to cope with these issues. Oral health can be a primary factor in your horse's overall health. The mouth should be examined once a year, and as needed, as many problems have their start in the mouth. While you are discussing these matters, the veterinarian is observing your horse for immediate reactions to the vaccine, and is equipped to deal with an emergency if one arises.


Vaccinations Recommeded for Yuma, Arizona 

  • Equine Rhinopneumonitis (EHV 1 and 4) and Influenza (twice yearly)
  • West Nile Virus, Eastern and Western Encephalomyelitis, Tetanus (once yearly)
  • Rabies Vaccination (once yearly)

Why should I have the veterinarian administer vaccinations when I can do it myself? There are inherent risks associated with the administration of vaccinations. There are several severe reactions which can occur, and no matter how small the risk, the results can be catastrophic. Even self-reliant owners who feel competent to administer their own vaccinations know that having a close veterinary relationship is the key to safety for their horse in the event a reaction does occur. Your veterinarian is your horse's primary care physician, and by giving him/her an opportunity to examine and observe your horse, you enable him/her to make and share observations from the point of view of a professional who has dedicated his/her life to specializing in equine health. The American Association of Equine Practitioners compiles information from veterinarians around the country in order to provide current information on disease trends. Your local veterinarians use this information as a baseline to make recommendations for local protocols based on trends and events observed in the area. They are also able to help you determine what vaccinations may be recommended or required if you plan to travel to other geographic areas. See Adverse Reactions


Vaccination Guidelines and Tables 
The American Association of Equine Practitioners compiles information from veterinarians around the country in order to provide current information on disease trends. Your local veterinarians use this information as a baseline to make recommendations for local protocols based on trends and events observed in the area. They are also able to help you determine what vaccinations may be recommended or required if you plan to travel to other geographic areas. Visit AAEP for detailed guidelines and vaccination tables.



Introducing Vetera Gold XP All In One Vaccination!   
Vetera Gold is approved for use in horses as young as 4 months of age. The initial vaccination is a series of two boosters, 3-4 Weeks apart, then repeated annually. Vetera Gold is labelled for one year, although it is strongly recommend to boost for Rhino/Flu every six months, especially if your horse is boarding or attending events with other horses. The vaccination comes with an assurance program that will help recover costs associated with contracting any of the diseases it protects against (excludes rhino/flu) as long as it is administered by a licensed veterinarian.

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