|Equine Health Management - Immunization
Expert Lillimore Lack
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A: A mare in foal will need the following:
Q: I'd like to know what the current immunization schedule is (or where I can get a schedule) for the following horses: foals, weanlings, adult horses, and brood mares who are located in open, semi-open, and closed herds. (I live in northeast Kansas)
A: The following are the standard immunizations. I would always check with your veterinarian for advice.
Q: Should all horses be vaccinated against strangles?
A: The disease is preventable through good barn management. Careful observation of young horses and isolation of horses when they first come into a barn can prevent most outbreaks. Veterinarians who regularly work with show barns encounter very few of these cases. The disease seems to occur most often in young horses on breeding farms, but researchers haven't yet determined the source of the organism that causes the disease. The bacteria, which survives on contaminated bits, bridles, feed and water buckets, or in soil, can be transmitted for up to four weeks, and may remain active in the environment even longer. We do vaccinate all of our horses, however, many vets advise vaccinating only if your horse has been exposed to horses that have or may have strangles. Initial doses of the vaccine include three shots, given three weeks apart; then vaccinate once a year or prior to anticipated exposure.
Q: Our mare is in foal and our weanling has strangles. If the mare were to become infected with strangles, could she pass this on to the unborn foal?
A: It is possible, but not likely that she would pass this on the the foal. For more information, talk with your vet.
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