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DON’T VACCINATE YOUR HORSE!!!!!! Or maybe I should????

DON’T VACCINATE YOUR HORSE!!!!!! Or maybe I should????

There is a changing paradigm of vaccination in veterinary medicine. What impact has this change had over last decade on the way we approach this preventive health measure?  This is a huge controversy in humans now so should the same concerns be applied to our four-legged friends?

A recent survey of the profession indicated that some veterinarians were initially apprehensive about the recommendation to extend the timeframe for boosters from one to every three years or even less frequently. While clinicians wanted to offer what was best for the animals, they were concerned about the lost incentive for clients to visit them annually when vaccinations were not needed. However, partly because of the emerging documentation about adverse reactions associated with routine vaccinations, veterinarians accepted that they needed to address these concerns with their clients. Today, a decade later, the public has generally embraced the concept of having their animals seen annually for wellness examinations as well as during periods of illness.

But while this paradigm shift has been well accepted in small animal practice, relatively little emphasis has been directed towards horses. Hopefully, increased efforts will be made to incorporate the newer science and concepts about vaccination into equine medicine. But in the meantime, it’s more important than ever for us to become as informed as possible about our equine patients’ vaccine requirements. Let’s take a closer look at what clinical studies say about equine herpes, influenza and encephalitis viruses, keeping in mind that very little research has been done on the effectiveness of titers to help prevent over-vaccination.

What do you think is right???  Let us know.

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