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    03-10-2009, 05:55 PM
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Weanling
Ummm...5-Way?

Sorry guys, I know this is probably a mildly to moderately dumb question...but...what is the 5-Way shot? What does it protect against? Can I do it myself?

I called my vet and asked what I should be giving my horse now that it's spring (I just got her this January), and I was told to do a dewormer (Ivermectin is available at the local farm store...I was going to go that route), a West Nile vaccination (I found several online but was unsure which one to go with), and the 5-Way. Should I just have my vet out to do this, or is it within my capabilities? When you answer that, keep in mind that I didn't even know what the 5-Way is...if that gives you an idea of my "capabilities." (I did sometimes help my grandpa with spring vaccinations, which he did himself, but I really don't remember much) Thanks!
     
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    03-10-2009, 07:08 PM
  #2
Yearling
LOL I love that..... There are multiple combinations of equine vaccines so his 5-way and some company's 5-way may not be the same.

Basic (core) vaccines for horses that should be given yearly are: EEE, WEE, WNV, Tetanus and Rabies. Since your vet said WNV and a 5-way, I would assume he is recommending a EEE, WEE, Tetanus, Influenza and EHV since Rabies is generally sold only to veterinarians and he mentioned WNV seperately.

Depending on your horse's use/situation, you may need to booster the Influenza and EHV (Rhino) anywhere from every 3-4 months to every 6 months. This is because Influenza and EHV vaccines only provide effective resistance to disease for about 3-6 months depending on the brand used and exposure to other horses is the main risk factor for these diseases.

It is always a good idea to have vaccines given by your vet as that keeps you on the "active client list" because he has to have seen your horse within a reasonable length of time in order to legally make any recommendations over the phone. And because vets are more likely to put their active clients ahead of inactive or never seen clients when they get emergency calls.
     
    03-10-2009, 08:47 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ryle    
LOL I love that..... There are multiple combinations of equine vaccines so his 5-way and some company's 5-way may not be the same.

Basic (core) vaccines for horses that should be given yearly are: EEE, WEE, WNV, Tetanus and Rabies. Since your vet said WNV and a 5-way, I would assume he is recommending a EEE, WEE, Tetanus, Influenza and EHV since Rabies is generally sold only to veterinarians and he mentioned WNV seperately.

Depending on your horse's use/situation, you may need to booster the Influenza and EHV (Rhino) anywhere from every 3-4 months to every 6 months. This is because Influenza and EHV vaccines only provide effective resistance to disease for about 3-6 months depending on the brand used and exposure to other horses is the main risk factor for these diseases.

It is always a good idea to have vaccines given by your vet as that keeps you on the "active client list" because he has to have seen your horse within a reasonable length of time in order to legally make any recommendations over the phone. And because vets are more likely to put their active clients ahead of inactive or never seen clients when they get emergency calls.
Different 5-Ways? Niiice...lol, more complicated than I thought. Definitely going to have him do it, since you said usually only vets have the rabies vaccination. It's actually kind of a relief, I'd rather not round all that medicine up and "try" it myself since I don't seem to know enough about it. Maybe in a few years' time, but not now. My vet only charged me $40 to drive about 30 miles and do a palp, so I'm sure the price is reasonable. Thanks for the info!
     
    03-11-2009, 10:03 AM
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