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  1. West Nile Vaccine

    Hello, I joined this forum in hopes of getting different opinions and experiences from other horse owners on vaccinations (mainly west nile). Who here follows a strict vaccination program, and who does not? Who only vaccinates for specific diseases? What of any reactions did your horses have? Do you think it worth the potential side effects (risks) to vaccinate? I live in Eastern Washington state where we are currently experiencing a west nile outbreak. There are TONS of mosquitos here! I am new to the area, and west nile was not a threat where I used to live, so this is new for me. I have a paint gelding, and an aged pony. I believe that the paint has received vaccinations in the past, but I'm not sure about boosters. The pony has most likely never been vaccinated. I have spot-on insect repellent on both of them, and I douse them in Mosquito Halt every evening. I bought two west nile vaccines (Merck brand) from the local feed store, but I am terriifed for one of them to have a bad reaction. I live in the middle of nowhere (literally), and it would take a vet up to an hour or more to get here in the case of an emergency. Any experiences or opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks....paintedwarpony
  2. Oklahomans/southern Folks

    Hey everyone, I realize we have a health board but I figure this one gets looked at more. Spring is among us, so I wanted to know when the best time to vaccinate horses is? In Montana I vaccinated for West Nile in middle of May or so. I would imagine it would be pretty soon for down here since the grass is already green and growing quickly along with the bugs starting to appear. I'm keeping an eye on Sage because she's an easy keeper and I refuse to allow her to founder/laminitis. So if Ms.Piggy starts getting fat..er..lol I'm going to dry lot her during the day. I was just curious when folks vaccinate. I've not met a whole lot of people down here with horses. Plus I'll probably be moving back to the western side of the state before summer begins. Tips and suggest to help Sage adjust to the climate is definitely welcomed. Thank you for looking.