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  • Can yearly shots make a horse sick

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    04-03-2012, 12:24 PM
  #11
Showing
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Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots    
I didn't have a coggins pulled as we aren't really planning on showing.
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You need a coggins for more than just showing. If you plan to take her to any type of organized ride, go riding in a state park, or any place off your property, you'll need a coggins.

The only horse I have that doesn't get a coggins is my old, retired guy. He never leaves the property. The other 2 do, so I get a yearly coggins pulled on them.
     
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    04-03-2012, 12:24 PM
  #12
Trained
While you're at it, get your Vet to teach you how to give an intermuscular shot. You will want to purchase a vial of Tetanus Antitoxin for each of your horses and keep it and a syringe to administer it, in your fridge. They are stamped with an expiration date, run abour $5/each and you need to keep your supply current. Should your horse get badly cut you can safely administer this and give immediate antibodies to his system against TETANUS. Tetanus is an odd duck bc the virus lives in a horse's blood and in the soil, but he cannot get the diesease unless he gets badly wounded. You can purchase it over the counter--they may ask for your signature at checkout--at any farm supply store. Jeffers Equine (Vet Supply) online sells them, too.
Tetanus Antitoxin
If you haven't had a tetanus shot yourself in more than 10 years OR cannot remember your last shot, get THAT for yourself, too.
     
    04-03-2012, 12:25 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
You need a coggins for more than just showing. If you plan to take her to any type of organized ride, go riding in a state park, or any place off your property, you'll need a coggins.

Yes I know but we aren't planning on going anywhere..
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    04-03-2012, 12:27 PM
  #14
Trained
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Originally Posted by jennyandjesse    
What is 5-way?
Same thing as your fluvac 5, just a different name/way to describe it.
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    04-03-2012, 12:30 PM
  #15
Foal
Corporal: Aren't horses vaccinated and protected from Tetnus if they get the yearly shot? I'm not familiar with this so I appreciate all the info! I know all about small animals and a yearly dose is all they need. I have not heard about giving boosters if they get hurt.
     
    04-03-2012, 12:33 PM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by NdAppy    
Same thing as your fluvac 5, just a different name/way to describe it.
So what's a 4-way? I have talked to two vets, so far, they have niether. They offer just single dose or a combination of 2 (Different combos per vet!) It's all so confussing!
     
    04-03-2012, 12:38 PM
  #17
Trained
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Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots    
Yes I know but we aren't planning on going anywhere..
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Since you're new to this I recommend getting the Coggins. IF I take blood for Coggins in January (in IL), my Vet can get the papers to me in about 2-3 weeks. If I wait until now, or through the summer it takes MUCH longer bc of racehorses (who need theirs current every 3 months) and show horses (who often need 3-6 months current Negative Coggins.) The government, in a WISE moment (which we know are few and far between, **sigh**) has created this blood test to prevent the spread of Equine Infectious Anemia, a highly contageous virus which is a form of AIDS, and it is incurable. If you receive a Negative result, the county will destroy your horse.
Fortunately the symptoms make your horse look sick, so not to fret.
Regarding Tetanus, if your Vet hasn't given your horse shots, he/she will give 2 tetanus: The first is Tetanus Antitoxin, with live antibodies, and the second is Tetanus Toxoid, a killed virus which encourages the horse to produce his antibodies. Both flush from your horse's system in about one year. They dovetail. The Antitoxins are about used up in 2 weeks, and your horse will have produced an adequate sufficiency of his own antibodies in about 2 weeks.
     
    04-03-2012, 12:42 PM
  #18
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
Since you're new to this I recommend getting the Coggins. IF I take blood for Coggins in January (in IL), my Vet can get the papers to me in about 2-3 weeks. If I wait until now, or through the summer it takes MUCH longer bc of racehorses (who need theirs current every 3 months) and show horses (who often need 3-6 months current Negative Coggins.) The government, in a WISE moment (which we know are few and far between, **sigh**) has created this blood test to prevent the spread of Equine Infectious Anemia, a highly contageous virus which is a form of AIDS, and it is incurable. If you receive a Negative result, the county will destroy your horse.
Fortunately the symptoms make your horse look sick, so not to fret.
I know what a coggins is. I'm not planning on going anywhere with my horse so I didn't have one pulled. When she comes back out though I might just have one done, but for right now she isn't going anywhere :)
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    04-03-2012, 12:57 PM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
Both flush from your horse's system in about one year. They dovetail. The Antitoxins are about used up in 2 weeks, and your horse will have produced an adequate sufficiency of his own antibodies in about 2 weeks.
So I'm confused, does this mean they are or are not protected after two weeks? I don't understand "dovetail", they spread out? So are horses protected up to a year? If so, do you really need to have tetnus on hand if they get severely cut?
     
    04-03-2012, 01:00 PM
  #20
Foal
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Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots    
I'm not planning on going anywhere with my horse so I didn't have one pulled. Posted via Mobile Device
I don't go anywhere either, but there are other horses at the place where I board who do go everywhere and I know they are are NOT vaccinated. I worry about them bringing something back. Personally, getting a coggins is just in case I go out. It opens a lot of doors, which I may never go through, but at least they are open :) Even the dreaded sale of my horse :(
     

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