It's about time for Miss Lacey to get her yearly vaccinations and this means that we've reached another concern of mine. Really though, when DON'T I have concerns?!
Anyway, I'm debating about whether or not Lacey really needs/should get any vaccinations at all.
In the most basic sense, ERU (Moon Blindness) is an auto-immune disease that causes issues via inflammation. And don't vaccines have to trigger an immune response to get the desired result?
My current system, that's been working so far to prevent ERU episodes, is to keep her immune system up and her inflammation levels as low as possible.
I'm just not sure if provoking her immune system via vaccines is really a great idea.
ERU is sort of like a volcano that's dormant most of the time - it's dormant until conditions are right, then it goes "crazy". Lacey's ERU is pretty under control right now but that's just because we've been kicking it's butt by keeping her immune system up and her inflammation as low as possible.
She doesn't leave the property, doesn't contact other horses (just 2 llamas and 2 goats), has no prospects of leaving the property or contacting other horses, and she doesn't interact with anyone who does contact other horses regularly...
I don't know, what would you guys do?
My gut says not to vaccinate unless something comes up that means Miss L will be contacting other horses or going off the property but I don't know....
My vet isn't super "up" on ERU so she sort of defers to me in these sorts of cases. She knows how to deal with ERU medically but medically dealing with it and living with it are two different things! Haha
Here's an article that might be interesting...the second paragraph is the part that's really the "useful stuff" about inflammation etc. (Mods, hopefully this article is ok, I know that COH has a forum, maybe? But this is just a article link...feel free to remove it if it violates anything :) )
New Hope For Moon Blindness | The Chronicle of the Horse