Vaccination is an essential part of your horse’s welfare and here at Battle Flatts Veterinary Clinic we able to assist 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 us and speak to one of the vets.
- 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.
Tetanus vaccination regime
Initial course of two injections, four to six weeks apart. First booster after one year, then every two years. Horses vaccinated by our vets at Battle Flatts are recorded on computerised record cards and reminders are sent when re-vaccination is due.
- Your horse will not die of tetanus.
- 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.
Equine influenza vaccination regime
Minimum: initial course of two injections four to six apart. First booster between five and seven months from second primary. Boosters at no more than annual intervals. Please note that the manufacturers recommend a second booster after six months then annually. Some breed societies require six monthly boosters.
- 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.
Equine Herpes Virus (EHV)
- 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.
EHV Vaccination regime
Pregnant mares should be vaccinated at five, seven and nine months of pregnancy. Initial course of two injections four to six weeks apart, followed by booster vaccinations every six months.
- The risks of EHV abortion and pneumonia are significantly reduced.
Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA)
- EVA causes abortion and very sick horses.
- Vaccination controls the disease.
EVA Vaccination regime
As the vaccination regime and advice is complex, veterinary advice should be obtained.
- Can cause severe diarrhoea of the foal.
Rotovirus vaccination regime
Vaccination of the mare in the ninth and tenth month of pregnancy will substantially reduce the severity.