Reaction to Vaccinations - The Horse Forum

 2Likes
  • 1 Post By jaydee
  • 1 Post By HeroMyOttb
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 05-01-2013, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 880
• Horses: 2
Reaction to Vaccinations

After a long wait I'm finally home from college for the summer and can be with my horse!! I was so excited to be able to get Hero back into work and get our relationship back to normal. But we always seem to take a step back instead of a step forward. On monday Hero got his vaccinations the same vaccines that he has been given since I owned him which has been about 4 years.

The vet came out to give Hero his vaccinations in the morning, just the same ole routine. He was completely fine in the evening. Then the next day Hero was very stiff and running a fever. Still had an appetite but had trouble bending his neck. His muscles seemed to be locking up and spazzing out. Then finally he started to get hives on his neck. Called the vet to say Hero was having a bad reaction to the vaccines. The vet came out and gave him a steroid and bute. Vet said he should bounce back pretty quickly. Hero has never had a reaction to his vaccinations but for who ever has deal with this, did your horse bounce back quickly?? Or had more problems?

Chad Barnes 6-16-85~7-22-13
Hero Act - Thoroughbred Gelding ~ Gunner - Quarter Horse Gelding ~ John Deere - Mini Gelding
HeroMyOttb is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 05-02-2013, 10:51 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Grant Park, IL
Posts: 26
• Horses: 0
Most vaccination reactions last between 24 and 48 hours. I really don't remember any lasting any longer than that,(although there are always exceptions to the rules). You might ask your vet if he switched brands of vaccines this year from what has been used in previous years, it might explain the reaction. I personally used to own a horse that would spike a fever and get a swollen neck within 2-3 hours of receiving any vaccine, didn't matter for what. Some horses are just more sensitive.
drkate is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 05-02-2013, 10:51 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: I was born in Germany, raised in Texas.
Posts: 824
• Horses: 5
One of mine had a reaction to his 5 way this year. The injection site swelled up and he was super tender there. He also had a hard time reaching the ground to graze. It started like you said, about 24 hours later. But....the swelling only lasted about 4 days and he actually was able to graze OK again within a day after the swelling started. Might want to change either the injection site or vaccination manufacturer or both next time. It's not uncommon for them to have a reaction like this but it could be the beginnings to a heavier reaction next time. Hero should be fine though. :)
mammakatja is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 05-02-2013, 10:54 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 4,321
• Horses: 2
My friend's horse had a similar reaction last summer. Only lasted 2 days and the vet just reccomended cold hosing and a little bute. Many people just leave it, though, unless it persists.

"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly."
www.wildestheartart.com
lilruffian is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 05-02-2013, 02:52 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 1,453
• Horses: 0
My mare reacts to her vaccines. Last year it was so bad she could not eat or drink because her throat swelled up.

Always let the vet administer shots. Since she is allergic there is always the risk of shock.

What we did this year was to use a different vaccine manufacturer, and instead of injecting the neck we injected her in the pectoral muscles in the chest. I buted her for 2 days before the injection, and the morning of the injection I gave her 8 benadryl, then injected her about 2 hours later. She had no reaction at all this year.

I injected my other horse in the chest as well, and guess what? She had swelling. She had a pouch hanging where the fluid was (but not hot or painful on palpation). It went away in about a week.

Still better than injecting the neck and having their throat swell shut!

The problem with steroids is that they might make the vaccine less effective. I'm not entirely sure on that though.

If you are vaccinating for more than one thing, get separate vaccines and don't do them all at one time. I do a bare minimum of vaccines for my horses, especially since my old mare usually reacts.
4horses is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 05-02-2013, 03:06 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
Posts: 21,352
• Horses: 3
I would suggest that next year you have the vaccinations done at intervals - that way you can at least see which one if any she's allergic too
The problem might have been something wrong in the production side of it. More & more stuff is being manufactured abroad and quality control measures not always so good - though accidents happen and mistakes get made anywhere.
Your vet should contact his supplier and report the problem 'just in case' it was a faulty batch.
natisha likes this.

Last edited by jaydee; 05-02-2013 at 03:07 PM. Reason: removed word put in error
jaydee is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 05-03-2013, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 880
• Horses: 2
Thanks guys for your replies! Hero is starting to go back to normal. Thank goodness. Hero is a bit of a whimp when it comes to pain and kinda of over exaggerates it. When he was first showing signs of having a bad reaction he actually fell back wards a couple of times. My need less to say after a couple of days on bute, the swelling went down and he's back to running in the pasture like his old racehorse self. Just scared me because he never had a reaction like that and it freaked me out.
Roadyy likes this.

Chad Barnes 6-16-85~7-22-13
Hero Act - Thoroughbred Gelding ~ Gunner - Quarter Horse Gelding ~ John Deere - Mini Gelding
HeroMyOttb is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 05-03-2013, 01:44 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: North Dakota
Posts: 5,582
• Horses: 2
At my barn, quite a few people give their horses a day or two off after vaccines because they know their horse(s) will get sore/stiff/swollen in the area.

Though this year, a couple mares had a weird reaction to what we narrowed to what must have been the rabies vaccine. They laid down and wouldn't get up for a while and had to be forced up to be brought inside. One livened up quite a bit, but another one kept lying down then getting up in her stall. While standing, she'd look very lethargic, stand against the back wall and grind her teeth. BO didn't know what she was doing, but a friend's gelding grinds his teeth when he's upset about something, so I recognized the sound. I've never heard this mare do something like that before and she was completely back to normal within 24 hours of the shots. It was weird.
Poseidon is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 05-03-2013, 09:04 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 104
• Horses: 1
My mare always got a stiff neck, big lump at injection site, lack of appetite, lethargy and diarrhea from the flu rhino vaccination. Her reaction always lasted 3 days, starting a few hours after vaccinations. This year, the vet didn't give it to her, so she had no problems.

What I did for her when she had a reaction was to give her bute the day of shots. I also warm (not hot) compressed the swollen injection site, which she enjoyed. She also did better if I walked her around for 20 minutes every couple of hours- her neck loosened up.

Good luck with your boy!
aliliz is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vaccinations Frog316 Horse Health 5 05-01-2013 10:55 AM
Vaccinations??? heartprints62 Horse Health 10 08-04-2011 11:03 AM
Vaccinations draftrider Horse Health 26 07-25-2010 06:50 PM
How soon after vaccinations... Hali Horse Health 2 05-21-2010 10:22 PM
Please Help with Vaccinations!! EnglishRider95 Horse Health 3 02-23-2009 09:40 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome