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    07-02-2008, 09:02 PM
Vaccinations.. twice?

Oh for crying out loud.. I think this is the last straw with my current barn.
The vet was out a couple of weeks ago todo Maia's teeth and get the WN and Strangles vaccine... I didn't say ANYTHING about 4-way to the barn owner, as Maia had that done back in March.
.... she got ANOTHER 4-way vaccination - is this dangerous?! Two doses within 3 months of one another... any ideas? Thanks!
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    07-03-2008, 08:33 AM
Riley...this sounds like a question for you....

I bet your horse will be okay, it's not like the vaccinations were just days apart, thought I'd be PEEEEEVED at this barn for that kind of mistake!

But then, I'm a control freak and don't like other people giving my horses' apples without my permission. LOL So a SHOT..heck yeah, I'd throw a FIT. You aren't having to pay for that nonsense are you? I would flat refuse. You have proof of prior vaccination for this year and you didn't ask for it.
    07-03-2008, 09:51 AM
Actually, the only thing I asked the barn owner to do was:
- Please get the vet to check her teeth for age and signs that she might need floating. I do not want floating done right now, but I want to know if she's going to need it done soon.
- I would like her to get the stragles and west nile vaccines.

I just got the bill... she was floated ($120), sedated ($40), and vaccinated - three times; west nile ($44), strangles ($46), and 4-way ($33).
The only charges I approved were the west nile and strangles. But now I owe the vet clinic over $300 because my barn owner got the vet to float her teeth and give her a 4-way.
    07-03-2008, 09:55 AM
Oh my goodness, that's awful! I would be sooo mad. Didn't the vet realize that he had already given her these shots, like didn't he recognize her from last time??
    07-03-2008, 10:04 AM
Jubilee - it was a different vet, but from the same clinic.. so no he wouldn't have recognised her - however, he should have checked the records if he wasn't sure if she had the 4-way yet.
At the time of her 4-way, the vet that I had do it said not to bother with Strangles or WN at the time because of the timing... she said to wait until later... so I did and now this is what happened.
No, I am not impressed.
    07-03-2008, 10:26 AM
Green Broke
I'd give your BO a bill for the difference (been known to do that, actually). Really, really not cool!
    07-03-2008, 10:54 AM
No, it's not any more dangerous than getting the vaccines once.
I'm sure the vet just covered bases since it wasn't dangerous and they were trying to make sure that everyone was upt to date without having to make another trip out.
    07-03-2008, 12:30 PM
Here is a link for you JDI:

The problem is over vaccination which may lead to vaccinosis; chronic disease caused by vaccines. (Dr. Richard Pitcairn) "Animals react adversely to vaccines in two main ways. The first is the more obvious immediate anaphylactic response, where the animal may develop swelling of the face or ears, as well as pain and inflammation at the site of injection," said Donna Starita Mehan, D.V.M., a veterinarian in Boring, Oregon. "But a larger number of animals develop an undercurrent, [a] subtle immune system shift that compounds every time they receive a vaccination. This may later manifest as any number of chronic degenerative illnesses such as arthritis, skin or ear problems, gum or throat inflammation, behavior problems, central nervous system disorders (i.e. Epilepsy), or cancer." (critterchat)

Many vets don't recognize this link, however, many owners and breeders believe we've only begun to discover how many diseases or general malaise is directly attributed to over vaccination.

Margaret Rivera's Vaccinosis Story

Over vaccination is three fold. The first is giving one multi combo vaccine (one shot that contains more than one vaccine) to cover a variety of diseases. The second is giving vaccinations to cover disease that the animal is unlikely to encounter or that the vaccine is not effective against. The third is giving vaccines too often.
    07-03-2008, 12:49 PM
I've read the vaccinosis stuff and what always gets me is that they say "we don't know how it does it, but we believe it causes x, y & z" proof, no real evidence linking it, etc.
    07-03-2008, 02:31 PM
Green Broke
I have neevr heard anyhting happenein with giving the same shot 2 times! I would be too mad at ur BO

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