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post #41 of 44 Old 11-23-2012, 12:05 PM
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One kind of random thought here, if your friend would do the vacinnations for you.

Some less honest people (not saying you, this is just hypothetical) would sue the friend if the horse had a horrible allergic reaction and died or needed expensive vet care, claiming that the friend did the shot incorrectly.

Would you want to put a friend in that position? (Unless you sign a waiver releasing them from liability)

Just posing a devil's advocate question, since our society is so "sue happy".
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post #42 of 44 Old 11-23-2012, 04:01 PM
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One kind of random thought here, if your friend would do the vacinnations for you.

Some less honest people (not saying you, this is just hypothetical) would sue the friend if the horse had a horrible allergic reaction and died or needed expensive vet care, claiming that the friend did the shot incorrectly.

Would you want to put a friend in that position? (Unless you sign a waiver releasing them from liability)

Just posing a devil's advocate question, since our society is so "sue happy".
That's a very good point beau. The vet has insurance to protect themselves in a lawsuit, your friend doesn't. Again, totally hypothetical. But a good point to consider.
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post #43 of 44 Old 11-23-2012, 04:20 PM
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I can certainly give my horse his shots. I strongly advise horse (and dog and cat and cow) owners only get buy and give shots obtained from REPUTABLE sources though. If at any point that vaccine you bought was allowed to get too warm, it may be completely useless, so you just spend your money on something about as useful as injecting water. I won't touch the ones from tractor supply for that reason- you have NO IDEA if the people who handled those all down the supply line have any idea how important that refrigeration is for the vaccine actually protecting the horse. I have my horse vet do shots and coggins at the same time as his physical, so it's pretty cheap for me ($120) total, but even before that, when I couldn't, I bought the vaccines from another vet and gave them myself. Life and death illnesses are just not the place to save $3 IMO.
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post #44 of 44 Old 11-23-2012, 04:33 PM
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Was going to edit and add, but timed out:

Here in south TX "shots" means- Eastern and Western Encephalitis, Influenza, Rhino (aka Equine Herpes), Tetanus (together known as 4W+T or 5W), West Nile, Rabies, and intranasal strangles.

PS: There is strangles in WA state too, but it is usually only given when there's been a known outbreak in the area or it's a horse that will be traveling a lot. Down here, strangles is freaking everywhere, so it's a necessary vaccine. The intranasal vaccine is much safer than your horse actually getting strangles, but it can make them feel punky for a few days, just like the intranasal flu vaccines in people, so I wouldn't give it right before a big competition. It WILL NOT cause full blown strangles however.

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