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post #1 of 7 Old 06-21-2013, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Potomac horse fever - Alberta?

Ok, someone recommended that I vaccinate for Potomac fever today....do any Albertans vaccinate for this?? I've done some reading and I'm not quite convinced its necessary here....prove me wrong????
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-23-2013, 08:46 AM
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You could consider it. I lost my first horse to it after the vet misdiagnosed her. But I live in WI, which I guess is kind of an iffy zone for vaccinating or not... if I were you, I'd ask your vet how many cases you normally get in your area, and go from there.
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-23-2013, 09:02 AM
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My horses aren't purely because my vet didn't recommend it: as a newbie here I am in the vets hands, and I generally vaccinate against anything going.

Does your vet know something we don't?

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-15-2013, 04:27 PM
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I just did a search on Potomac and came up with this thread again.

A near neighbour has a pony sick with this now. I may 'phone the vet to ask for vaccination advice
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We're not on the map in my area as a real area where it's present but just this year we had two horses come down with it. There was a third horse that died but in hindsight we believe he died of old age. The other two made it but it was extremely hard to get them well, the only reason that two months went as good as they did was because we vaccinated on a fluke for it (got a few free from a shipping company). Couldn't hurt but your vet would know more.
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-15-2013, 05:11 PM
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When I asked my vet what was going around the area that I should vaccinate for, Potomac wasn't mentioned at all.

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post #7 of 7 Old 08-15-2013, 05:48 PM
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I know of someone that lost 1 horse & had another that was hospitalized{recovered} to what vet suspected as Potomac fever. They are in Alberta.
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