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post #11 of 18 Old 03-03-2012, 02:46 AM
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I don't know of any horses that do! I even asked my vet about it and he said they didn't need it, which is weird because we live in the woods and there are rabies cases in Arizona, at least among wild animals.

I should probably ask him again this spring in case he's changed his mind.

I agree it sounds like a good idea. And dogs get rabies vaccinations all the time. So I assume it is a safe vaccine?
Dont ask, Tell. Give my horse a rabies shot. end of discussion. If they argue tell them you are done go find another vet.

Kinda interesting just recently on another thread I brought this up and everyone decided I didnt know what I was talking about.
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I don't know of any horses that do! I even asked my vet about it and he said they didn't need it, which is weird because we live in the woods and there are rabies cases in Arizona, at least among wild animals.

I should probably ask him again this spring in case he's changed his mind.

I agree it sounds like a good idea. And dogs get rabies vaccinations all the time. So I assume it is a safe vaccine?
Unless you live in Hawaii your horses should be vaccinated. I've purchased horses and discovered from their shot record that they hadn't been given one for Rabbies. My Vet is out the next day to give shots. The ounce of prevention is so much better than losing a horse. And outside of Hawaii no state can claim to be free of rabies. Rabbid animals don't know that their not allowed cross state lines. And if a bat in the woods with rabies dies what are the odds of it being discovered, let alone reported.

Tell you vet to vaccinate. I wouldn't be able to sleep nights knowing my horses were at risk for something so easy to be infected with, but so easily prevented.
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You have to have it for dogs and cats around here but when you ask for your horses, the vets looks at you like your crazy.
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post #14 of 18 Old 03-04-2012, 07:10 AM
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look right back at them, make sure you specify you want rabies vaccine when you make the appointment.
You are paying them to do a job for you. They will do that job to my satisfaction or I wont be paying them, simple as that.
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My vet recomends rabies but there are some people who wont give it iam giving rabies to all my horses this spring. We have alot of skunks around plus wild cats not worth taking a chance on not giving it. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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You would be amazed how many people where I live don't vaccinate for rabies for their horses and lots of farm dogs are not vaccinated for rabies.Because the county doesn't require licensing, they don't have to show a vaccine... I always try to talk them out of it, but they won't listen even though they know they are breaking a law.
As amatter of fact, I was thrown off a dog list because i got so mad that people were not only not vaccinating for rabies(their animals were not exposed to rabies because they did not run loose or outside a fence???) they got tags/vaccination records off the internet and used those to show the animal control in Montana when they came to their house to see if their dogs were vaccinated...TheSheriff's office in this Montana town saw faked tags/receipts and let it go.
Amazing how stupid people can be...
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post #17 of 18 Old 03-06-2012, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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You have to have it for dogs and cats around here but when you ask for your horses, the vets looks at you like your crazy.
My Vet told me in 2011 that we'd probably give rabies in 2012. This article prompted me to pass it on. I used to order my own vaccines from, I think, Jeffers Equine. Back in the 1980's they offered rabies vaccines for horses with Vet approval, so it isn't new. Just FYI.
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post #18 of 18 Old 03-06-2012, 03:54 PM
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Thanks for giving me a push and some fear...lol. Just playing. It is that time of year for me for ALL the animals to get updated on their shots,worming, check-ups, and what nots. I don't see why people wouldn't pay such a small cost to protect their animals from such an awful thing.

But, then again you wouldn't believe the amount of people around here who just don't do any medical for any of their animals. They feel it's a "they'll get over it or die" situation that will resolve itself. In their words "animals were doing it all the time before we domesticated them.....so they can still do it fine and don't need us wasting our money".


Gotta love people some times
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