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post #1 of 22 Old 01-26-2012, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Strangles vaccination - pros and cons

First, let me start saying it's an intranasal, not -IM-.

I remember someone on forum mentioned they don't give it because of the possible complications that can be worse than if the horse gets sick (but I couldn't find the thread).

So the shot season is coming (Feb or Mar), and I'd want to get more info if it's indeed dangerous to give it vs not to give (I've given it once every year since I got my mares).

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I give it, but for my horse travelling all around the place the benefits outweigh the risks. Make sure it is the very last thing the vet does on your farm though! Aerosolized strangles will float around for hours and attach to needles, so when the horse is injected there is a very real risk of the horse developing a strangles abcsess in the neck, which when drained will transmit strangles like a normally infected horse.

If you have been giving it and haven't gotten a reaction before, its probably fine to continue. Good luck!
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I had it done when I moved my horse from Colorado to Massachusetts. Never had any bother with it.
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I get it every year. The year before last we went to a show and our horses were exposed to strangles. My friends horse went home and had a teeny abscess blow and disapear w/in a couple days. The horse never ran a fever and that was the only "symptom" to appear after the exposure. That horse was vaccinated against strangles. I don't even know if that was because of the exposure or just a coincidence.

My horse never had any issues at all and the horse that was brought to the show apparently was fully contagious. (This horse also was not reported to the show officials which really really makes me mad. It's like sending a child to school and knowing they have strep throat!)

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This is one vaccine I will NEVER give my horses.
5-way is what I go for.
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I give it, but for my horse travelling all around the place the benefits outweigh the risks. Make sure it is the very last thing the vet does on your farm though! Aerosolized strangles will float around for hours and attach to needles, so when the horse is injected there is a very real risk of the horse developing a strangles abcsess in the neck, which when drained will transmit strangles like a normally infected horse.
Good to know! My vet always gives it in the very end of procedures, but I never thought there is a good reason behind it.

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5-way is what I go for.
WSA, I can't go with 5-way, because my vet doesn't give it, and I need Rhino/Flu prove from the vet to go to some shows.

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I have an arangement with my vet, she promised not to work on diesel engines, ferries or tugboats. I promised her not to tell her how to be a vet. Do the same to my farrier.
I give a very detailed description of where, how, and under what conditions my horse will be used. I trust their professional judgement.

Last couple years vet said no to strangles, this time I told her horse will be traveling to multiple states, be exposed to a couple hundred horses, and most likely drinking from community drinking areas. As I have gotten into endurance competitions. She said to get the strangles shot. I said Ok.
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Last couple years vet said no to strangles, this time I told her horse will be traveling to multiple states, be exposed to a couple hundred horses, and most likely drinking from community drinking areas. As I have gotten into endurance competitions. She said to get the strangles shot. I said Ok.
Joe, correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I was told by the vet while back, if you stop giving strangles and then start it again you have to do 2 shots (and then a booster every year). May be something you want to check with your vet.

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i'd never ever give it.

It had been withdrawn from the European market (had it's licence revoked) after it was prooven that the vaccine was actualy causing strangles casesor that on yards that got strangles the vaccinated horses all went down with a bad case. There was one yard in kent that got compensation from the vaccine company as all 19 horses on the yard were vaccinated and all 19 horses went down with strangles.
It has made a reappearance (3 years after it was pulled) but I personaly would never trust it and my horse will not be getting it.
Despite the fact that my horses show every weekend and at a county show could be exposed to over 1000 other horses I don't think the vaccine is nessecary.

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