At Hooves Paws Pet Hospital, we do not just care for small pets. We are also happy to help with your large animals too! Among the animal services we offer in Aubrey are equine vaccinations, which ensure that your horse remains as healthy as possible. Vaccinations can protect your horse against common illnesses, some of which are highly contagious and even fatal.
About Equine Vaccinations
Equine vaccines differ from those offered to other pets because horses are susceptible to different diseases. We provide vaccinations for rhino flu, strangles (also known as Streptococcus equi), and the West Nile virus. We also offer combination vaccines that inoculate your animal against multiple infections at once.
Like with other pets, it is important to follow a vaccination schedule to ensure maximum protection. Vaccines, including equine rabies and strangles/equine distemper, may be administered to foals as young as three months of age. Our veterinarians may recommend that you wait until six months before giving your foal an influenza vaccine.
The veterinarian may recommend a different vaccine schedule if your foal was born to a mare that has previously been vaccinated or if the foal has a higher level of passive antibodies to certain infections. For example, if the mare has been previously vaccinated against the West Nile virus or has never been exposed to the virus, a foal may not need a vaccine until it is five months old.
Your animal may require a follow-up between four weeks and nine months later, depending on the specific vaccine. For example, horses receive boosters for rhino flu once they reach one year of age and annually from that point on while the strangles vaccine is given in three doses. The last two doses are given between two and four weeks after the initial vaccine.
The Side Effects of Vaccines
While equine vaccines are generally safe, your animal may experience some side effects just like you might after receiving a flu vaccine. Muscle tenderness and swelling at the injection site are common but typically resolve quickly. Your horse may experience a lack of energy or appetite after receiving a vaccine, and fever is also a possible adverse reaction. In some instances, horses may experience a more serve reaction such as anaphylaxis, urticaria, or purpura hemorrhagica colic.
To avoid these unwanted reactions, it is best to avoid scheduling vaccinations if you have an important event within two weeks. Our veterinarians will typically avoid giving vaccines in locations such as the hip region where reactions are difficult to spot that may result in lesions or abscesses.
Get Your Equine Vaccinations in Aubrey, TX
If you would like more information about equine vaccinations or to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, call our team at Hooves Paws Pet Hospital today at (940) 365-9430. You can also reach us through our website by using our online contact form.