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        10-03-2010, 02:18 PM
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    Foal
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    Ok, so we did shots in June (we are going to do it next May... it was stupid for us to wait to long) for bugs you know like West Nile the works. Is there anything that you would have to give them again before winter or will they be all right until next May?
         
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        10-03-2010, 02:28 PM
      #2
    Yearling
    This is a question for your vet, as vaccination protocols vary greatly by area and vaccination history of the individual horse. It is a good idea to keep your horse on rabies and tetanus no matter where you are.
         
        10-03-2010, 02:33 PM
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    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by tealamutt    
    This is a question for your vet, as vaccination protocols vary greatly by area and vaccination history of the individual horse. It is a good idea to keep your horse on rabies and tetanus no matter where you are.
    Yes, ask your vet...and long established horse folks, as it also depends on if you are boarding with other horses, showing, etc, etc. Most folks I know around here do only the spring shots+tetanus+rabies, no fall shots.
         
        10-03-2010, 02:34 PM
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    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
    Yes, ask your vet...and long established horse folks, as it also depends on if you are boarding with other horses, showing, etc, etc. Most folks I know around here do only the spring shots+tetanus+rabies, no fall shots.
    Or horses just sit in the pasture with each other and are never around any other horses, so I think I'll just go with the summer shots. Thanks!
         
        10-03-2010, 07:11 PM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Cleffapuff    
    Or horses just sit in the pasture with each other and are never around any other horses, so I think I'll just go with the summer shots. Thanks!

    Hmm, not really a good idea as some diseases are spread by vectors, in other words insects or other animals. I'd really just call your vet and ask. The call is free and you don't need to worry about them telling you need things you don't just to "make a buck". Most vets make nothing off of vaccines.
         
        10-03-2010, 07:22 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Your vet is the best bet for your anwer. We always due a west nile booster in the fall with full series of vaccine in spring.
         
        10-03-2010, 07:45 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by tealamutt    
    Most vets make nothing off of vaccines.
    I agree about discussing with your vet, but our vet will honestly say that shots (for large and small animals) are part of their 'bread and butter'....the markup for the vaccines is huge.
         
        10-04-2010, 07:00 PM
      #8
    Foal
    True about bread and butter. My vet is reasonable and always helps me cut costs. I am grateful for that.
         
        10-04-2010, 09:48 PM
      #9
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
    I agree about discussing with your vet, but our vet will honestly say that shots (for large and small animals) are part of their 'bread and butter'....the markup for the vaccines is huge.
    wow, that's incredible. Really? I have never worked for a single vet that marks up, including the veterinary school I go to. Good to know some people out there do this. We see vaccination appointments as bread and butter, simply because it is the one guarantee per year where we will see the horse and lots of other problems are diagnosed at that time. As far as the actual vaccines go, we don't even do a standard double on cost like most other drugs are priced. Maybe that is just to guarantee we will see the clients 1-2 times per year? Difference in philosophy perhaps??
         
        10-04-2010, 09:49 PM
      #10
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
    I agree about discussing with your vet, but our vet will honestly say that shots (for large and small animals) are part of their 'bread and butter'....the markup for the vaccines is huge.
    wow, that's incredible. Really? I have never worked for a single vet that marks up, including the veterinary school I go to. Good to know some people out there do this. We see vaccination appointments as bread and butter, simply because it is the one guarantee per year where we will see the horse and lots of other problems are diagnosed at that time. As far as the actual vaccines go, we don't even do a standard double on cost like most other drugs are priced. Maybe that is just to guarantee we will see the clients 1-2 times per year? Difference in philosophy perhaps??
         

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