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    02-04-2010, 01:21 AM
^^absolutely silly bunny. Not to mention, it is a matter of responsibility too. With something as highly contagious as Strangles, it is a disservice to horses that yours may come into contact with not to vaccinate.
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    02-04-2010, 01:49 AM
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Originally Posted by tealamutt    
why not Indy?
Personal choice based on personal experience. I've only ever had two horses get strangles, and those are the two I vaccinated for it. The barn I boarded my first horse at recommended against it many times. I chose to ignore them and vaccinated anyways. My horse got strangles. I didn't vaccinate that horse for strangles again. Fast forward a few years, got my second horse, still at the same barn, and still as hard headed. I had my vet do intranasal strangles when she did vaccs for everything else. My second horse got strangles. My BO gave me a lot of "I told you so's" and I've just never vaccinated for it since. I know most people would think it's a bad idea, and I know I'll likely get jumped on, because I don't have scientific reasoning or logic to back up why I choose not to do it. But the end result is the same. I wasn't happy with how sick my horses got on it, and I've not had one done, nor a horse with strangles, since.
    02-04-2010, 02:01 AM
Well with that experience, I can see why you would choose not to, but (and this is said without any sarcasm, just throwing out an idea here) have you thought of how sick those two could have gotten without the vaccine? If you no longer keep horses at that barn, it is likely there was a carrier there which is why two of your horses had it and why you haven't seen it since, if you're no longer there.
    02-04-2010, 03:08 AM
I used to use a stangles+tetanus 2 in 1 when we used to show heaps. Not now though considering I hardly take shad anywhere anymore and I've never heard of a strangles case here. The tetanus side if it came in handy though, especially in dodgy stabling situations. Once we didnt notice a rustly piece of wire, scratched him right down the middle of his face Yeah wont be using those stalls again...
    02-04-2010, 10:06 AM
Originally Posted by Sara    
My youngster had a bad reaction to the strangles vaccine last year...3 day fever and we had to put all his hay up in a bag because his neck was incredibly sore. When anyone entered his stall he would hide in the corner to avoid being touched, I felt so bad for him. I'm still debating whether or not to try it again this year: my new place is right next door to a barn that I know has had outbreaks in the past (one while I was working there years ago). Strangles is absolutely disgusting to deal with, definitely no fun.
That's pretty common with the injection. Go to the nasal vacc when it's needed
    02-04-2010, 10:30 AM
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I give it every year. I think someone said it's actually only good for about 3 months so alot of people give it every three months. A horse can still get strangles even though it's been vaccinated. A friend of mines did but it was a really mild case and didn't last long at all. There was only one small abscess that drained quickly. No high fevers or coughs. I think it's worth getting the shot. I get it twice a year.
    02-04-2010, 11:42 AM
We have only had 1 strangles outbreak in the last 3 years. It was very mild...two horses at the ranch I worked at. They had been pastured together an both got it. Past that there hasnt been an outbreak for years on years on years. An those two only got it cause one was from out of state for training an brought it in. Both herses were fine after a week and in the mean time I never took my horse up there and I changed clothes and showered after work before getting near my horses. My boyfriend did the same. Everyone at the ranch was the same way. Poor jason had to deal with those two an he also had five others who werent sick to mess with. He had to go home an change an shower everyday like twice a day. After they got better the entire barn was sanatized an they sprayed the pasture with other horses have been in the pasture yet...not sure the details on all that but w/e lol both horses are gone now lol

Point is I don't vaccinate for it cause my area isnt known to have it and if a horse does get it it is well contained from the start. If I ever go out of state, which I plan to this summer...hmm...then ill get it. But as long as im within 50 miles of home I see no real point, and even if its only $15 I need that 15 for sucks being dead broke 24/7. All I vac for is rabbies, rhino, an westnile, an I get them all done once a year smack in the middle of the year. I also get those three for free cause I have a vet tech friend who gets them on super discount for her horses an she always picks us up some as well then comes an gives them for us free of charge. Guess im lucky lol

I will say that the one shot I will always have my vet give is rabbies. We do have wide spread rabbies carrying animals all across texas lol aka skunks. They are everywhere!
    02-04-2010, 11:47 AM
Originally Posted by qtrhrsecrazy    
That's pretty common with the injection. Go to the nasal vacc when it's needed
The nasal is what he reacted to; he didn't have the injection. Actually there's a question for the vets/techs on the forum: should I try the injection this year instead of the nasal? Also, is age a factor? He had the reaction as a yearling, I'm wondering if age/size might dull the reaction.
    02-04-2010, 01:40 PM
Originally Posted by Sara    
The nasal is what he reacted to; he didn't have the injection. Actually there's a question for the vets/techs on the forum: should I try the injection this year instead of the nasal? Also, is age a factor? He had the reaction as a yearling, I'm wondering if age/size might dull the reaction.
I'm not a vet, but I asked my vet about the nasal vs shot last year. He said the intranasal is more effective because it's live, so they only give intranasal. Another office I called said exactly same thing.
    02-04-2010, 03:33 PM
It is also more effective because it utilizes mucosal associated lymphoid tissue. Without an immunology course, it really is too much detail to go into, but feel free to PM me and I'd be happy to share more details. I would recommend the IN vaccine.

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