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1. TETANUS

FACTS:

  • Tetanus kills horses.
  • Tetanus can be associated with any wound.
  • Not all wounds are detected.
  • The disease is completely preventable by vaccination.
  • Maintenance of tetanus protection by vaccination is a moral obligation of all horse owners.

VACCINATION REGIME:

Initial course of two injections, 4 6 weeks apart. First booster after one year, then every two years.

Horses vaccinated by us are recorded on computerised record cards and reminders are sent when revaccination is due.

BENEFITS:

Your horse will not die of tetanus.

2. EQUINE INFLUENZA

FACTS:

  • Flu infection causes a very sick horse.
  • This sickness often results in long-term problems.
  • Vaccination is mandatory for many competitions and racecourse access.
  • The incidence of this disease has been dramatically reduced by vaccination.

VACCINATION REGIME:

Minimum: initial course of two injections 4 6 weeks apart. First booster between 5 and 7 months from second primary. Boosters at no more than annual intervals.

Note: manufacturers recommend a second booster after six months then annually. Some breed societies require six-monthly boosters.

BENEFITS:

  • The consequences of flu infection are dramatically reduced.
  • The spread of influenza and not of epidemics are reduced.
  • Vaccinated horses are recorded on computer records and reminders sent when boosters are due.
  • You can continue to compete your horse with confidence.

3. EQUINE HERPES VIRUS

FACTS:

  • EHV causes abortion and respiratory disease.
  • EHV causes posterior paralysis.
  • EHV is spread by breathing and by sex.
  • EHV abortion can be prevented by vaccination.

VACCINATION REGIME:

Pregnant mares should be vaccinated at 5, 7 and 9 months of pregnancy.

Initial course of two injections 4 - 6 weeks apart, followed by booster vaccinations every six months.

BENEFITS:

The risks of EHV abortion and pneumonia are significantly reduced.

4. EQUINE VIRAL ARTERITIS (EVA)

FACTS:

  • EVA causes abortion and very sick horses.
  • Vaccination controls the disease.

VACCINATION REGIME.

As the vaccination regime and advice is complex, veterinary advice should be obtained.

5. ROTAVIRUS

FACTS:

  • Can cause severe diarrhoea of the foal.

VACCINATION REGIME:

Vaccination of the mare in the 9th and 10th month of pregnancy will substantially reduce the severity.

As with any diseases, if you have any queries regarding your horse's vaccination status, if your horse is due a vaccination or if you feel your horse is inadequately protected against some other diseases, please do not hesitate to contact the surgery and speak to one of the vets.

email us: office@battleflatts.co.uk or phone us: 01759 371066

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