I don't want to get the strangles vaccine for my horse but its required for the camp?

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I don't want to get the strangles vaccine for my horse but its required for the camp?

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    03-14-2010, 06:49 PM
I don't want to get the strangles vaccine for my horse but its required for the camp?

I do not want to get the strangles vaccine for my horse ( after researching all about it ) but this camp I'm going to, it's required that my horse has it. I already made a downpayment for the camp, too.
Is there anyway I could fake it and say she had it when she really didn't? The camp owner needs documents from my vet, stating he gave her the shot. Because apparently strangles in one vaccine you can't give yourself ( most of the time )?
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    03-14-2010, 06:59 PM
No, don't fake it, that would be immoral. If the camp requires it, you have 2 choices: either cancel the camp and hope for a reimbursement or go ahead and have the vaccine done along with whatever else they require.

I personally would go ahead and have the vaccine done, it won't hurt her and if by some chance, one of the other horses there has it or is carrying it, then she will be protected.
    03-14-2010, 06:59 PM
I don't know how you would fake and I wouldn't recommend doing that anyways. If you have a good reason not to give the shot then try talking to the camp people and they may work with you. If you have a vet who agrees with you that may help too.

Curious side question - Why don't you want to give the shot?
    03-14-2010, 07:52 PM
Green Broke
Why don't you want to have it vaccinated? The vaccine cannot be nearly as bad as if the horse contracts the disease itself(trust me, I know). Forging vet papers is kind of illegal not to mention immoral, plus what if your horse does indeed carries the virus and gives it to some other animal??

I agree with smrobs, either get the vaccine and acquiesce to the wishes of the camp or don't and hope for a reimbursement.
    03-14-2010, 09:51 PM
I personally don't like the vaccine either, but i'd much rather have my horse have a sore neck for a day vs. getting strangles. We had a major outbreak at the barn i'm at before I got there, and my friends horse had it and she said it was horrible, and she almost died.

I don't know what you've read, but they do a nasal or a shot. I would recommend giving the shot at least a week or two before the camp. If your worried about reactions I give my horse two grams of bute the night before and the day of shots. I also think it helps he is in the pasture. He has horrible reactions to his shots, and I did the bute for the first time this year, and he is the only horse that was fine.
    03-14-2010, 10:43 PM
Immoral?? Try illegal!!

I recently was in the same position. I normally do not vaccinate for strangles but a barn where my coach was giving a clinic required it, so of course I did plenty of research.
My vet and all the stuff I read recommended the nasal vaccination. The vaccination given first time will not be effective unless you give two doses, 4 weeks apart and after that it takes about 2 weeks for full effectiveness.
I was also initially very worried about giving it, but after talking to my vet and reading up on it I decided to do it. My horse just got his second dose and is fine. As long as your vet is experienced in giving the vaccination and you are diligent in being at the barn every day to monitor him, it is unlikely that anything will happen. If you do notice any listlessness or other behanvior changes, take his temperature immediately. If it is elevated call the vet immediately. When strangles is caught very early it is rarely fatal.
About it spreading to other horses? The dose of live strangles is so low that your horse won't catch it when it is put directly into their nose. Another horse will touch it (or even your horse's nose) and be completely fine. There is a tiny bit of strangles in most horses noses. My horse has been turned out with another unvaccinated horse for the entire course of inoculation and they are both fine.

Good luck!
    03-14-2010, 10:48 PM
0_0 Every single horse (20+) at my barn has had the strangles vaccine and none of them had any reactions. Why on earth would you want to put your horse and others at risk?
    03-14-2010, 11:18 PM
Do the nasal, not the shot
    03-14-2010, 11:43 PM
Why wouldn't you want to vaccinate your horse for strangles? I always insist on it so I'm confused LOL

Originally Posted by qtrhrsecrazy    
Do the nasal, not the shot
That's what my girls get! Haven't had a problem with it
    03-15-2010, 12:17 PM

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