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post #1 of 6 Old 07-24-2012, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Help me pick a vaccination schedule

Ive never been offered a choice of vaccination schedules before so I would like input. My horse has been on a 2x pe year schedule but was not often coming into contact with new places or horses. Now that I have a trailer we will be going out and about more (assuming that the weather ever stops alternating between pourin rain and blistering heat).

Here are my choices. Money is not a concern. I will be going with the "clinical parasite control" (aka FEC) option for deworming so I wont list that. There are no farm call fees associated with the visits.

Most of the horses we come across will be boarded somewhere or another so the likelihood that they are also vaccinated is decent. I also worry about putting a lot of chems in his body. He is a healthy creature but I want him to stay that way without killing him trying to keep him safe.

Gold package
6 visits per year
Per visit: $79
Per year: $474
Eastern/western x2
West Nile x1
Tetanus x1
Rabies x1
Potomac x2
Rhino x3
Influenza x2

Silver package
3 visits per year
$97 per visit
$291 per year
Eastern/western x2
West Nile x1
Tetanus x2
Rabies x1
Potomac x2
Rhino x3
Influenza x3

Bronze package - they say this is for low risk horses who do not come into contact with others
2 visits per year
$88 per visit
$176 per year
Eastern/western x1
West Nile x1
Tetanus x1
Rabies x1
Potomac x1
Rhino x1
Influenza x1
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-24-2012, 12:55 PM
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6 times a year? I think your vet is working you.

I've only heard of vaccinations twice a year and the fall shots are mainly just the flu shot.
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DA, is it a must so you can't use your own vet and schedule? I show and go with all shots in Spring and Rhino/Flu 6 months later. Why is it 2 visits in last one, but 3 in previous one? Half shots + half shots?

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-24-2012, 03:05 PM
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Why so many visits?
My vet comes and does all the shots and blood work (Coggins) in two visits plus the dental work. Some of the ones that are bi-annual or more depend on how high or low risk you are - area and/or how much you or other horses on your yard travel and what time of year you travel
I found this online which might help
Vaccinating your Horse : Vaccination Schedule : Equine Veterinary Service in Maine
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I think they just bundle it that way to make it easier for people to decide what they want without having to put much thought into it. I'm actually currently in between vets now since the vet from my last barn wouldn't come to this one (I didn't like her much anyway) and this guy is the one my new place is using but I'm free to use whomever I like.

Val you're kind of near me I think. Who do you use? We're on the same email list for trail riders!
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Val you're kind of near me I think. Who do you use? We're on the same email list for trail riders!
Lol! I know! I saw your question about horses and bikes (unfortunately no suggestions because I don't bike :) ). I'll PM you the info.

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