Who here vaccinates thier own horses? Who here vaccinates?
I've usually always had my vet do it every spring and fall. This includes for West Nile in the spring.
Well, this year, I think I am going to give them to her myself. I'm going to order them here soon from a vet supply site. It's just soo much cheaper.
I know how to give them in the neck, but I've also noticed that you can give them in the rump (you have to be careful though, for a few different reasons). Since I have to give two shots, should I give one in the neck and the other in the rump? Or should I just stick with the neck? The two shots I have to give are West Nile and then a Combo Vaccine that covers a bunch of other nasties.
If you feel comfortable go for neck. I did in bum couple years back (they wouldn't let vet close by :) ).
I usually give combo and WN. And rabies, of course (this one only vet can give in my state). For 2 years I also gave Potomac Fever, but opinions are very different on that one, so I'm not sure about next year.
Vaccine handling during transport is very very important. Everytime vaccines are shipped there is a chance that they have gotten too warm (or too cold) and are thus less or not effective anymore. With purchasing from a vet supply you have no idea how concientiously they checked and stored vaccines. The only thing you can control is how well you check their temp when they arrive at your door--they should be cool.
Also check the expiration dates on them when they arrive.
Know what an adverse reaction looks like and when you need to call the vet. That info can be found in a link on the above mentioned webpage.
You can ask your vet if you can purchase vaccines directly from him/her and give them yourselves. This would mean less tranportation of the vaccines, your vet's input on what your horse needs and it helps maintain that vet-client-patient relationship that is important to have if you ever have an emergency or need advice over the phone.
If you are giving multiple vaccinations, you can give them on each side of the neck. Or you can give them in the rump or the pectoral muscles. Light exercise after vaccination can help minimize local reaction--pain, swelling at injection site. http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1018/