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    02-22-2012, 10:47 PM
Lightbulb vaccine allergies

I had my 9 month old filly vaccinated yesterday, she did great, but when I went out the next morning, her eyes were so swollen they were slits... she was so sooky, and just looked so pathetic, poor girl, gave her lots of hugs, and wiped her eyes with warm water. Called the vet. They told me to watch her breathing but the eyes would go down slowly,.. and to buy benadryl and keep an eye on her. When I got home from work today, she's a bit puffy, but much much better. Still gave her , her one shot of benadryl. Vet said everytime she gets her vaccines, she will have to have benadryl before they come give her , the shots..
Was just wanting to hear everyone elses horse allergy stories...
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    02-22-2012, 11:01 PM
Just like with humans, dogs, cats ect, allergic reactions usually get worse the more times you/they are exposed. There is a great risk of anaphylactic shock when she's already had a reaction this sever. If I were you I would not be getting my horse vaccines again. If there is a vaccine that you/your vet deem absolutely necessary I would give a steroid injection with the vaccine since it will be much more effective then benadryl, which doesn't work against reactions 100% of the time.
    02-23-2012, 07:32 AM
I agree with above. I would not give the shot again if it is not an abosolutely neccessary shot. If it is I would ask the vet who the manufacturer of the shot was and at the very least switch to another manufacturer to see if that helps.
Some good advice I found to be helpful:

Know that horses who have had a reaction are more likely to develop reactions, again.
Consider giving bute before shots, and after shots for several days.Watch for swelling and heat at the site of injection, make sure your horse is on his feed, look to see if he is listless, and check for fever.
Both Banamine (flunixin), bute and antihistamines are used to offset or prevent vaccine reactions.
Cool and warm compresses, topical DMSO gel, and gentle exercise may also be recommended by your vet. Always check with your vet!
Try to find another manufacturer other than the brand used when the adverse reaction occurred.
Ask your vet to see what adjuvant* was used and try to avoid it in the new brand.
When introducing a new vaccine, especially if from a different manufacturer, schedule these injections separately from other vaccines. That way you will be able to see if that particular shot caused an adverse reaction.
Best of Luck. Hope your horse is feeling better soon.
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    02-24-2012, 08:57 PM
In cases like this it may be best to give the injections at different times until you find out which one is causing the trouble.
I have one that reacts to the strangles & rhino flu vaccines. She hasn't had either in many years.
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    02-24-2012, 09:04 PM
Soda was a little sensitive when I first got him, got some lumps where he was given the shots. Two years ago he stocked up both back legs, swollen sheathe, large lumps where the vaccine was given, and was extremely lethargic, swollen, stiff, etc. After that experience my vet will not give him all of his shots at once. We give him the bare minimum and space them out, we are working towards a 6 month schedule.

This isn't something to mess with and if your filly is this bad already you need to be very careful.
    03-06-2012, 06:24 PM

Ayla's vaccine was called.....Fluvac Innovator 5.
For encephalomyelitis, equine rhinopneumonitis ,equine influenza and tetanus.

So maybe some of you are right. It could be 1 thing out of those she's allergic to.

So I will be taking her to what does she absolutely need?
They said she needs a booster in a month, should I pass on that?

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