02-01-2010, 10:22 PM
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GET THE VACCINE! ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!
The Vaccine does NOT prevent the infection if it comes around your barn, but it will minimize it.
Pat Fever KILLS, plain and simple. If your horse does not get the vaccine, your horse can possibly die from the P Fever if it hits. With the vaccine, it doesn't prevent the P Fever, but it minimizes it very much so, that with Vet care, your horse will survive.
Every Spring Nelson gets every vaccine out there, and the P is one of them. When I moved Nelson to a very large Hunter/Jumper barn, where horses come and go on a regular basis for shows, lessons, clinics, horses being hauled out as well - the P Fever can happen.
Within a few weeks of being there, Nelson got P Fever - but it was minimized due, thankfully, to he getting the vaccine. My Vet said, if he wasn't vaccinated, he would of died.
He got a fever up to 103.9 *somewhere around there, definitely 103.?* and was very sick. When I noticed his symptoms, my vet rushed out and took care of him. He was on 3 days of very high doses of antibiodics - and he looked aweful.
Now think of where he would of been, if he didn't get the vaccine.
P Vaccination is VERY IMPORTANT! Not only the P Vaccine in the spring, but you should get a booster as well - especially if you are in a barn where horses come and go on a regular basis, and if you are in an area where P Fever outbreaks occur.
P Vaccination does not pevent your horse from getting it, it just minimizes the effect. Just like us getting the Flu Shot. Doesn't prevent the Flu from hitting, it just minimizes it.