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post #1 of 8 Old 04-08-2009, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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I recently bought a booster for my horse (fluvac 6 from fort dodge) and as I was putting the needle on the syringe, the syringe cracked and leaked. (geez, the fort dodge syringes are CHEAP, I will definitely use my own next time) Anyway, I vaccinated my horse with what was left, about .5 mL. I probably should have thrown it away and bought another, but I had this one next-day shipped and everything and I wasn't thinking. My question is: will my horse have sufficient protection with .5 mL instead of the regular 1 mL booster? Would it hurt or help to give him another booster in a few weeks or months? Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-08-2009, 12:38 AM
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It may be a good idea to call your vet and ask but I would go ahead and give him another in a few weeks.

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-08-2009, 03:47 PM
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It would be best to go ahead and get another dose of vaccine. The 1ml dosing is what is shown to produce a good level of immunity.

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post #4 of 8 Old 04-08-2009, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by ansci View Post
(geez, the fort dodge syringes are CHEAP, I will definitely use my own next time)
FYI - Fort Dodge does not manufacture the syringe. They will probably want to be made aware of the issue so they can contact their supplier.
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Thanks! He still needs his west nile vaccine, so I will give him another fluvac booster when I do the west nile. How long should I wait before giving him another booster? Also, I have not vaccinated for strangles before, but some of the other boarders at my barn do. I live in central california (sacramento) and I don't take my horse off the property very much, although there are some horses at the barn who go to big shows every weekend. I've heard of negative side effects with the strangles vaccine. Should I be vaccinating for strangles and/or anything else besides the 6-way and west nile? Thanks!!!
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i have no idea about dosage but i will say- be careful with fort dodge vaccines (five way and six way)

my 20 yo QH/Morgan gelding had the shakes for days after he got it and could barely leave his stall

and my 7 yo WB mare got an abcess the size of a football on the side of her neck and it took two weeks for the thing to pop (couldn't drain it)

just be careful!

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post #7 of 8 Old 04-08-2009, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Fort Dodge seems to be the big manufacturer of vaccines, what other brand is there? I buy fort dodge because they are a big name and I worry about side effects from other brands. What would you use?
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I have seen thousands of doses of Ft. Dodge vaccines used (multi-valent vaccines as well)--adverse reactions that are more than local soreness/swelling are rare. Remember, reactions are the response of the immune system so an adverse reaction is not necessarily a problem with the vaccine but an odd or excessive response of the immune system to that vaccine.

As for how long to wait before boostering, you can do it anytime. You aren't going to "over-dose" your horse by vaccinating again in a short time.

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