It is possible to vaccinate horses against a range of diseases these include tetanus, influenza (flu), rotavirus, herpes and strangles however it is often not necessary to vaccinate all horses against all of these diseases. Please find our recommendations below –
Tetanus is caused by bacterium which when it enters the body multiplies and affects the nervous system. This bacterium is found in the soil throughout the U.K and therefore all horses and ponies are at risk. We would therefore recommend that as minimum horses should be vaccinated against tetanus.
Equine Influenza (‘Flu)
'Flu is a highly infectious viral disease which affects the respiratory tract. Vaccinated horses are less likely to become unwell in the event of an outbreak. Should a vaccinated horse become unwell the severity of the symptoms and recovery period will be greatly reduced. For this reason we encourage all our clients to vaccinate their horses against ‘flu especially those on yards which have horses travelling to and from the yard.
If you compete your horse most organising bodies (e.g. BS, Pony Club etc.) will require an up to date vaccination record for ‘Flu and Tetanus. For more information on vaccinating against ‘flu and tetanus including the benefits of having your horse vaccinated with us please see our factsheet.
Equine Rota Virus
Rota virus most commonly affects foals under 3 months of age and causes severe diarrhoea and dehydration which sadly is often fatal. The virus is spread in faeces and therefore can be an issue in situations where a number of foals are living in the same environment. Immunity in foals is achieved by vaccinating mares during in pregnancy. We recommend vaccination in circumstances where there is a group of pregnant mares together. Broodmares living on their own are at minimal risk.
Equine Herpes Virus (EHV)
EHV is common in the equine population however most horses carrying the virus will not show clinical signs of the disease. Instances in which we would recommend vaccination is in pregnant mares to guard against herpes induced abortion and in competition horse to provide protection against respiratory disease.
Strangles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi, Symptoms vary but can include nasal discharge and enlarged lymph nodes in the throat region. A vaccine for strangles is available however currently the vaccination does have drawbacks.
For further information on vaccinations please contact the office on 01763 287744 / [email protected]
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