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post #11 of 20 Old 05-07-2009, 09:27 PM
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Some vets give them at the same time but others split them up on the theory that the immune system is going to be over-loaded by giving too many at once or that it is too much stress on the immune system and you may not get as good a response..
This is the same with people shots. There's a lot of controversy. Vaccines are meant to cause metabolic stress. Metabolic stress is what helps give us immunity. Too much metabolic stress is what's thought to cause some of the problems associated with vaccines.

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post #12 of 20 Old 05-08-2009, 06:27 AM
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It's always best to err on the side of caution. The last thing anyone wants is to find out that their horse is the one who is sensitive to multiple vaccinations.

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post #13 of 20 Old 05-08-2009, 07:21 AM
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I doubt your vet is trying to get two farm visit fees as $ maker. Most vets are pretty busy and would rather do it all at once if they could. Seems that most horses are fine with them all at once. However there is always a chance of a reaction. My dog, a small JR has issues when she gets all her shots at once, so we space them out.
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post #14 of 20 Old 05-08-2009, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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It's always best to err on the side of caution. The last thing anyone wants is to find out that their horse is the one who is sensitive to multiple vaccinations.
Yes I would agree that it is best to err on the side of caution. While neither horse has ever shown any signs of sensitivity to any vacs, T is 20 now and who knows.

Good to know that some vets will do all shots at the same time, mine just prefer to be cautious I guess.

At $100 a farm call, it does add up. I guess I'll just have to budget the extra $100-200 each year, unless there's a new vac than that's a 3rd farm call for that booster.

Oh, the joys of responsible horse ownership!

Thank you everyone for responding , you've reassured me that I'm not just a big sucker. Thanks.
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post #15 of 20 Old 05-08-2009, 11:03 AM
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Wow that seems high $100 just to show up? Ours charges $30 but he's only about 8 miles away.


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post #16 of 20 Old 05-08-2009, 12:04 PM
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$100 does sound high. I paid $65 when I needed to have a mare stitched up last year; and that was an emergency Sunday farm call by a vet that I never used before.

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post #17 of 20 Old 05-08-2009, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Yes it is high. They specialize in horses, and they are about 45 mins or so away, a few towns over from where I am. What kind of irks me is they have certain days that they work in my area, so why so high when they are scheduled for this area anyways. That means everyone else in this area are paying $100 for the farm call too!

The other vets I've had in the past were closer and charged anywheres between $35 to $50 for a farm call. Unfortunately one had a nervous breakdown, and the other committed suicide!

It's very difficult to find good vets for horses in my area. Those that are good are either too booked to take new clients, or charge a lot.
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Is there something in the water that causes the Vet in Maine to go goofy?


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For a while there, I was taking it personally! Another vet I had come out after the suicide (very sad, he was sooooo good with the horses) was not real comfortable with horses and Walka unintentionally trampled me! I think she thought I was dead, and shortly after that incident, she went strictly small animals!

ON a good note, the one that had a breakdown is now practicing again. He is closer to me and was wonderful with both horses. I just am afraid to switch and have him stop practicing again. Such a quandary!

Oh, and since getting my horses cared for by this particular vet practice, 3 vets in the practice left for other states! Maine is not easy on vets, no not easy at all!
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post #20 of 20 Old 05-09-2009, 02:02 PM
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Alright, since we have a Vet tech in the room...

Is it possible to have a vaccine failure due to multiple complete vaccines at once?

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