Originally Posted by trailhorserider
The title pretty much says it all. My vet passed away and I am thinking about giving spring shots myself this year. I have never had rabies vaccinations given to my horses before......my vet didn't think it was necessary. But it is listed as a core vaccine and we live in a wooded area with pretty much all of the carrier-type animals like foxes, skunks, bats, etc.
I noticed you can buy rabies vaccine from the same catalogs you can buy their other vaccines. It's inexpensive and from what I can tell is pretty safe as far as vaccines go. Or at least I didn't hear any horror stories on the internet when researching it. I am thinking about giving it.
Does anyone else give rabies vaccine themselves?
With deepest sympathies to the vet's family and friends --- you are still going to need a vet when other issues crop up, so why not start the search now and let the new vet introduce him/her self to your horses via the rabies shot?
Or if you live in a fairly remote area to where you have to wait for a vet to come to your local facility, I would still call a facility nearest you and ask for a vet to administer rabies shots. Perhaps you could a few neighbors to make it worth the vet's time and travel????
I ditto everyone's reasons to not give your own.
Even if I wanted to, I think in the state of Tennessee, the vet has to give the shot