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    04-11-2013, 12:43 PM
Strangles shot?

Should I give my horses a Strangles shot if I only have 3 horses in my barn and I might be getting another one this year but I'm not sure. I will be taking my 4-H horse to a show probably every other weekend and I will be taking my miniature to one show per month in the summer. Should I buy a Strangles shot or not?
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    04-11-2013, 02:51 PM
Weigh your risks. If your area has a high incidence of it or your horses are young it's cheap insurance. If they are older chances are they have been exposed and have some built up immunity.
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    04-11-2013, 03:21 PM
The IM strangles shot itself has a lot of associated risk. If you do decide to vaccinate for strangles, do the Intra Nasal vaccine. If its the first time you will probably need to do a booster as well, and make sure you give the IN vaccine after any shots as if there is any vaccine floating through the air, it can attach to a needle and have the same consequences as the IM vaccine. Namely a nice big abcsess that when drained can infect other horses (and yours) with strangles.

Good luck!
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    04-11-2013, 04:38 PM
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Good advice from both Posters.

I have only given my horses strangles vaccines once in my entire life and my horse that is drug sensitive got really sick from the shot --- sick as in the vet had to come back out

The intranasal hadn't been developed back then.

The only reason the vet hesitatingly suggested the vaccine was because the Amish community had had a handful of horses die from strangles, wouldn't call the vet, just let the horses die their own death, then buried the horses on their property.

Nothing the law could do either.

For my part, I wouldn't give strangles vaccines again, not even if my closest neighbor ended up with an outbreak. My horses were vaccinated "back then", so I'll take my chances
    04-13-2013, 06:12 PM
Sounds like a lot of work, lol! But I'll check into it...
    04-13-2013, 06:23 PM
I worked in a state that had lots of strangles going around. So I have had a lot of expearance with it. What I have found is it is VERY VERY easly past from horse to horse or from anything. If you go to a friend place and they have had a horse with it you can bring it home just by walking where a sick horse has been. Once you have had strangles at your place you will have horses get it. As for vaccations for it someone already said the nasal is the best I would agree. But if you have a healthy horse I wouldn't be afraid to let them just get it if they get it. But if you have a young horse I would talk to a vet about vaccantions. 90 plus% of the time the horse is sick for about a week or two. Funny thing I have been in Montana now 7ish years and havn't had one horse come down with it yet. I wander if its has to do with it being dryer here.

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