With the arrival of spring, it’s time again to think about your horse’s spring vaccinations. Horse vaccine is a confusing subject as more companies produce products with multiple vaccine agents. In the old days, everyone knew what a “4-way” was, but it’s important today to look closely as there are many types of 4-ways, as well as 5-ways and beyond.
Our core vaccine recommendations, set by Dr. Mike Stewart, include West Nile Virus, Eastern and Western Encephalitis, Tetanus, and Influenza. Typically, we administer these in the following form – a combination vaccine (WNVEWT) containing all of the above except Influenza, and a separate intranasal influenza (FluAvertIN). It is important to note that most injectable forms of Influenza – regardless of their label – are only effective for 3 months or so. Not only is the intranasal Influenza vaccine more effective, and labeled for a full 6 months, but our experience indicates that – after a few doses – the vaccine may last up to a year.
Beyond our core recommendations, there are a number of other options. Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) has been diagnosed in our state in the past year, bringing this vaccine back to the table for consideration. Depending on the “lifestyle” of your horse, vaccinating for Strangles with our intranasal vaccine is also a consideration. Additionally, there are many horse owners who feel more secure having had their horse vaccinated for Rabies.
Of the above vaccines, WNVEWT, Strangles, and Rabies are given annually, while the intranasal Influenza and PHF products are labeled for every 6 months.
Our four veterinarians, including Dr. Mike Stewart, can be scheduled to see your horses on a haul in basis at our location in Silverton, or on a mobile basis in Silverton, Salem, Stayton, Aumsville, Turner, Jefferson, Monmouth, Independence, Dallas, Woodburn, Canby, Molalla, and beyond. Call (503) 873-5701 to schedule an appointment for your horse’s veterinary care.