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post #1 of 8 Old 09-22-2013, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Confused about vaccine

Hi. The gelding I just bought was given his vaccine last week by his former owner. She gave me the package so I would know what he had received. I got to looking at it and I dont think it included the West Nile Virus? However when I specifically asked her she said yes that combo vaccine does include it? I obviously need ot make sure he has received it or give it myself but dont want to double vaccinate. I normally take mine to vet for all vaccines and she does her own so I thought maybe I didnt recognize the terminology as I did not see "West Nile Virus" anywhere. I was wondering if you guys could possibly tell me what you think? I intend to call vet but just wanted to see what you guys thought? It is a Intervet Inc vaccince and says on package that it is : Encephalomyelitis (eastern and western killed virus) Rhinopneumonitis, Influenza, Tetanus Toxoid. When I look it up on manufacturer website it appears there is a different one that has the WNV vaccine added? Did she maybe mistakenly think she got the right one? Or am I missing something? Thanks for any input.
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-22-2013, 09:33 PM
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There are 3 way, 4 way and 5 way vaccines, then the ones that have WN added to some of those.

She could have been confused, there are so many combinations...

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-22-2013, 09:45 PM
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I give most of my own vaccines as well. If it doesn't say West Nile or WNV on the package, it doesn't have it. Sounds like, from the label you read, that she gave a standard 5 way, but not WNV. You can buy WNV separately and it is around $20-$30. But the 5 way combo doesn't have it unless specifically stated on the label (Prestige V + WNV is the one I use). I only started doing my own vaccines because we (me and my horse) travel a lot and boosting is cheaper on my own than a vet visit, but I go to the vet once a year and have the shots given by him so I can have a complete health record if I need it. IF you are already going to the vet, it really isn't THAT much more expensive to have him do it. It only gets expensive if you are making a trip for *just* non rabies vaccines.

Since you probably have to get a rabies update, and you have to do that at the vet, you can bring the box to show the vet and ask for WNV when you are there. And it is good to get a Coggins with your name on it as the owner.
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Thank you very much for your replies. Yes this one says Prestige V with Havlogen but does not say WNV. I have a current coggins as I boughy him out of state but I will need to do rabies as I dont think he has ever received that so maybe a vet visit for both shots would be the best bet. I did see that TSC has the WNV sold separately but I would worry I did not get it in properly. Since I do no know if he has ever had the WNV vaccine before I wonder if I need to booster it right after rather than wait the six months between shots that I normally do?
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-22-2013, 10:32 PM
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The Prestige V + WNV with Halvogen still says WNV.

Here is a sheet about WNV. Basically, if he's had it, then just give it once but if not, he will need a boost in 4 to 6 weeks the first time. If you are unclear about his vaccination history, it is better to do the boost in 4 to 6 weeks to be SURE. You do NOT want your horse to get WNV!

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If you want to do the booster yourself, a good video on Youtube about it is:

"How to give a shot in the neck" by Padmavideo.

It shows Dr. Thomas Casselberry DVM giving an instruction on vaccinating your horse in the neck.

I would link it, but my browser won't let me link videos right now for some stupid reason.
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Depending upon what part of Ca you are in, if you no longer have a mosquito problem, you don't need to bother giving a WNV booster this time of year.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-23-2013, 10:02 PM
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First series of west nile vaccines is one shot and than another one 3 weeks later. I would for sure get the vet out to do the rabies and ask them what vaccines are appropriate for your area. I am not a huge fan of giving your own vaccines. You don't know how old vaccines at stores are or how they have been handled. I also think that vaccines are part of how my vet makes his living. So, to keep my 2 am colic call cost down I should help him meet his bottom line by purchasing vaccines. I have also seen a number of owners mis-vaccinate their horses and in some cases ended up killing their horse by doing so.
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