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post #1 of 11 Old 03-03-2008, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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Shots reaction - REALLY BAD

Does anyone horse have reaction to shots? The vet gave shots to my horses, and paint seems to be OK (although we had TOUGH time giving her intranasal), but qh looked HORRIBLE yesterday: she barely could move (looked like she's all stiff in the whole body), neck all swollen and she couldn't bend it to drink, so I ended up keeping the bucket high enough for her to be able to drink. I called the vet and he said it's rather normal reaction, but I've been giving her those shots before twice and NEVER had such a bad reaction. What could be the reason for so negative reaction?
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post #2 of 11 Old 03-03-2008, 07:21 AM
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I had a filly go down after a shot and had to have the vet back out. One time Sassafras' neck swelled up and got so sore she couldn't bend her neck to drink. We put DMSO on it for awhile and she was fine. I'm not sure what causes a reaction in some horses and not others.
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Thanks, Vida! I did put hot compress on it (vet's suggestion), and my neighbor was kind to borrow me some bute. What surprised me is the fact she had no reaction almost at all previous years, but badly this year. Well, anyway...
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post #4 of 11 Old 03-03-2008, 11:06 AM
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We had this problem with my QH.
The vet suggested giving her bute a few days before and after the shots. It seemed to work because it doesnt happen anymore now that we give her the bute.

Cocoa - 32 yr old QH, Cherokee - 8 yr old TWH & Toby - 16 yr old QH
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post #5 of 11 Old 03-03-2008, 06:02 PM
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My one horse reacts to shots ocasionally. She gets her shots in her butt and one year, her backside swelled up with fluid. You could give her a poke and watch the waves ripple across her bum. It lasted a couple days then was gone. The next year nothing. Maybe just a different strain of virus in the vaccine?
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post #6 of 11 Old 03-03-2008, 06:22 PM
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It must be like when we get shots, sometimes it hurts like H*&& and your arm or butt is sore for days and other times its no big deal.
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post #7 of 11 Old 03-03-2008, 09:25 PM
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I've seen a few horses (2 I can remember) who had that kind of reaction after getting shots. One got better within just a few hours where as the other took a few days before he got better.

I would get the vet out just to make sure things are ok.
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post #8 of 11 Old 03-05-2008, 11:16 AM
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Local reactions like you describe are the most common of the vaccine reactions. They are a physical reaction to putting foreign materials into the body--this leads to inflammation, swelling and pain.....more so in some horses than others. Working the horse the same day as vaccinations are given will help minimize this reaction. You can also talk to your vet about giving banamine to help minimize inflammation, and hot pack the area for 10-20 minutes twice a day to help reduce the swelling.

You may also want to consider splitting up the vaccines next time to see if it's one in particular that is causing the reaction.

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post #9 of 11 Old 03-05-2008, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Ryle! I do split vaccines (otherwise way too much for them). :) The vet didn't suggest banamine or bute or anything and didn't even warn me about possible reactions. :(
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post #10 of 11 Old 03-05-2008, 08:58 PM
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It just depends. Like Vidaloco said, sometimes it hurts, other times it feels fine. Is your horse feeling better? Hope so!
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