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post #1 of 6 Old 01-27-2013, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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New horse...shots

I have 2 horses and they have all there shots and don't need them again tell may 1st. I just bought another horse (Penny is her name)!from a family friend who needed to get rid of her and I have wanted her from the first day I saw her so I bought her. My friend knows Penny got her shots but doesn't remember when the vet she got to do the shots isn't a vet anymore (his office closed) so I was wondering if I could get her shots done again or if it could make her sick?
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-27-2013, 10:31 PM
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ask your current vet to verify, but if it were mine, Id just wait till mid to late april and get them all done at once.
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-28-2013, 01:22 AM
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If it were me, I would at least go purchase a 5-way and give it to her. Record it, keep the lot number and type "tab" from the shot for your records. Done. You know when your others were last immunized - I would remove all doubt for the new one. If it would give you peace of mind, call your vet and ask him if this is advisable (i.e., "what if" she had them 6 months ago, will it matter).

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-28-2013, 11:15 AM
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If it were me, I would at least go purchase a 5-way and give it to her. Record it, keep the lot number and type "tab" from the shot for your records. Done. You know when your others were last immunized - I would remove all doubt for the new one. If it would give you peace of mind, call your vet and ask him if this is advisable (i.e., "what if" she had them 6 months ago, will it matter).
Buying shots from a feed store is sometimes a waste of money. If they weren't held at the right temperature throughout shipping, stocking, storage, etc. then they won't be effective. There have been quite a few studies showing that "over the counter" vaccines have been handled improperly and you might as well be injecting saline. I'd agree that there is no harm waiting a month or so and then doing everyone at once. You can bump your current horses up a month too, vaccines don't need to be given precisely on schedule, but try to keep within a month or two.
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Buying shots from a feed store is sometimes a waste of money. If they weren't held at the right temperature throughout shipping, stocking, storage, etc. then they won't be effective. There have been quite a few studies showing that "over the counter" vaccines have been handled improperly and you might as well be injecting saline. I'd agree that there is no harm waiting a month or so and then doing everyone at once. You can bump your current horses up a month too, vaccines don't need to be given precisely on schedule, but try to keep within a month or two.
I do not know about your local feed stores, but it is common knowledge that vaccines need to be kept refrigerted - which is why they are kept in a refrigerator at most feed stores.. You can purchase them online - and they will send them w icepacks overnight. Either way - you are talking 25 bucks or less for protection.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-28-2013, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for your advice. I think I will wait tell April and get everyone's shots then. I bought the horse from a family friend and that's where I keep my horses anyway so doing it all at once makes the most since. Also my trainer said she would give them the shots if I just bought them at the store but I always have the vet do it just so I have good recorders of them and he gives them a little check up to make sure everything is going good. Also I'm a baby when it comes to shots. It takes everything I got to relax and hold my horse when they get their shots haha
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