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    11-23-2011, 06:45 PM
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Foal
Question Giving horses their yearly shots

I'm planning on giving my horses their yearly shots this year instead of having the Vet to this for me. My question is, the shots they sell at TS are all in one shots are they as good as what the vet gives? Also, any good ideas or techniques for giving the shots. I'm not concern with giving the shots just how to do it without hurting the horse.
     
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    11-23-2011, 07:19 PM
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Weanling
Pretty sure you should either put it in the horses shoulder or rump (I'm sure you already know that), don't put it in there neck, cause my dad did that when our horse had impaction colic, but it was a Vit. C shot. She's fine, but she had a lump there for a while, and it sweats randomly, well when it's hot.

Why do you give your horses yearly shots in the first place?! Do you have some mega bad disease?! Do you get your yearly shots?!
     
    11-23-2011, 08:59 PM
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Trained
Yes, the all on one shots are just as good. We've used 6 way shots (e.g. Fluvac Innovator 6) for many, many years. Here is an article about giving shots ACES Publications : HOW TO GIVE YOUR HORSE AN INTRAMUSCULAR INJECTION : ANR-1018 We always give them in the butt. The needle looks large, but we can just walk up to our mares in the pasture and stick them without them being tied or flinching...takes less than 5 minutes to do all four mares.
     
    11-23-2011, 10:06 PM
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Started
I wouldnt recommend doing shots yourself. And if you do, get them from your vets, any other vaccinations not from your vet may have been tampered with and can cause your horse to have an allergic reaction. You should always have your vet show you how to give a vaccination before you give one, so I would wait until next year. Also, it is EXTREMELY important to make sure the shot is well refrigerated, otherwise you can cause and even more extreme reaction, or the shot wont do anything.
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    11-24-2011, 02:42 AM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by iloverains    
pretty sure you should either put it in the horses shoulder or rump (I'm sure you already know that), don't put it in there neck, cause my dad did that when our horse had impaction colic, but it was a Vit. C shot. She's fine, but she had a lump there for a while, and it sweats randomly, well when it's hot.

Why do you give your horses yearly shots in the first place?! Do you have some mega bad disease?! Do you get your yearly shots?!
I've never heard of injections in the shoulder. The neck is a very safe area & the most common site, of course the person giving the shot needs to know what they're doing.
Vaccines only work for a given time. It's better to prevent a disease than treat one. Do you not even give tetanus shots? What about rabies? Those two will kill a horse.
Why would you give Vit-C for an impaction colic?
     
    11-24-2011, 03:06 AM
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Originally Posted by iloverains    
pretty sure you should either put it in the horses shoulder or rump (I'm sure you already know that), don't put it in there neck, cause my dad did that when our horse had impaction colic, but it was a Vit. C shot. She's fine, but she had a lump there for a while, and it sweats randomly, well when it's hot.

Why do you give your horses yearly shots in the first place?! Do you have some mega bad disease?! Do you get your yearly shots?!
None of this post makes sense, as Natisha pointed out. Vitamin C is not given for colic, and a properly administered shot will not cause a "lump." The neck is the preferred place to give a shot, as a rump injection cannot drain if it does abscess, and this will create a very nasty infection. You also put yourself at far greater risk of being kicked.

Annual core vaccinations are recommended by veterinarians to protect your horse, surrounding animals, and yourself. Even if your horse is never in contact with others, it's still at risk for Tetanus, Rabies, and West Nile, all of which are killers....not sure if you have comparable (or the same) diseases on Australia or not, but I'm sure that you at least have analogous, dangerous sicknesses that are preventable by vaccination....
     
    11-24-2011, 03:19 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by natisha    
I've never heard of injections in the shoulder. The neck is a very safe area & the most common site, of course the person giving the shot needs to know what they're doing.
Vaccines only work for a given time. It's better to prevent a disease than treat one. Do you not even give tetanus shots? What about rabies? Those two will kill a horse.
Why would you give Vit-C for an impaction colic?
We gave her Vit. C to build up her immune system, she was weak and needed strength to fight the impaction. We also gave her beer and apple cider vinegar. And bran and some other stuff, she's healthy now!

With giving the horses shots in the first place, if it's like our human shots (which I do not take, never have never will) they have a bit of the disease and put it's into you, making you immune to it?! Right? Why would you do that to your horse, I've had many horses in my life time, not one I've given a shot to, and they are all healthy, compete regularly, and have never gotten a disease.

We don't have rabies in australia, I think we have tetanus, but no, I don't give my horses any.
     
    11-24-2011, 03:31 AM
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Originally Posted by iloverains    
We gave her Vit. C to build up her immune system, she was weak and needed strength to fight the impaction. We also gave her beer and apple cider vinegar. And bran and some other stuff, she's healthy now!
Lucky mare.
Vitamin C is water soluble. That means that any extra you give....is peed out quite rapidly.

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with giving the horses shots in the first place, if it's like our human shots (which I do not take, never have never will)
You've never been vaccinated? Why? Some kind of religious belief against it, or do you think you're immortal? I can't even imagine dying of something like Tetanus because I refused a vaccination....my old farrier very nearly died of it, just because he'd let his vaccination history lapse. And he's going to have lifelong jaw problems from the "lockjaw" symptoms of the disease.

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they have a bit of the disease and put it's into you, making you immune to it?! Right?
Er, kind of.

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why would you do that to your horse,
To potentially save their lives.....

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I've had many horses in my life time, not one I've given a shot to, and they are all healthy, compete regularly, and have never gotten a disease.
Then you've been very lucky indeed.

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We don't have rabies in australia, I think we have tetanus, but no, I don't give my horses any.
I looked it up. It appears that you do have both Tetanus and West Nile, in addition to a host of communicable equine diseases.
     
    11-24-2011, 03:38 AM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
Lucky mare.
Vitamin C is water soluble. That means that any extra you give....is peed out quite rapidly.



You've never been vaccinated? Why? Some kind of religious belief against it, or do you think you're immortal? I can't even imagine dying of something like Tetanus because I refused a vaccination....my old farrier very nearly died of it, just because he'd let his vaccination history lapse. And he's going to have lifelong jaw problems from the "lockjaw" symptoms of the disease.



Er, kind of.



To potentially save their lives.....



Then you've been very lucky indeed.



I looked it up. It appears that you do have both Tetanus and West Nile, in addition to a host of communicable equine diseases.

She needed to pee, cause she wasn't, also gave her vit. B. And Epsom salts. She needed to get what ever the hell was compacted in her out.

No religious belief, and no I don't think im immortal. I just don't think it's right putting some of the disease into you, I don't see how it can prevent the disease from happening in the first place.

Yes my horses could get a disease, so could I, have we, no, have people and horses with the shots gotten the disease, probably.
     
    11-24-2011, 04:07 AM
  #10
Banned
Please just read this simplified explanation of how vaccinations work, to further your own knowledge, if nothing else. HealthyChildren.org - How do Vaccines Work?
     

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