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    11-04-2010, 08:51 PM
Question Vaccinating Minis

So, I have vaccinated my own horses in the past, no problem. However, I recently acquired a mini and while I had the vet pull coggins and give rabies, I figured I'd vaccinate with a typical 4 way, myself... like usual. Before doing so, I decided to do some research and find out if there were any contraindications with minis and vaccines - it would also seem reasonable that they would get a smaller dose of whichever vaccine I am administering.

Much to my dismay, I have discovered that miniature horse's immune systems don't generally tolerate the typical 4 way well, and to give them the EEE, WEE, Tetanus, and then the Rhino/Flu separate 2 weeks later.

Please help. I am going to call our vet in the morning to get advice, however, when he was out for the coggins/rabies, I told him I was planning to use OTC vaccines and he "Good deal!" (no sarcasm, but he is all about helping people save money). There was no mention of smaller doses or anything...

After hearing that the 4way shots aren't a good idea, I am now looking into the Equiloid Innovator. It vaccinates for EEE, WEE and Tetanus. Thoughts?

I just like to really educate myself well on things like this before embarking upon them, haha. Anyone else have minis and experience self-administering vaccines? Thank you!
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    11-05-2010, 12:07 AM
Very smart of you to do research on that...that's a really good idea. :) We also just bought two minis last year...we talked to our vet and a few other people with mini experience; we ended up giving them the exact same shots as our other two full-size geldings. Turns out that for some reason the amount of live virus required for a mammal's immune system is pretty uniform. So talk to your vet about it, but it never came up with us that minis can't have the same shots the "bigs" least, they're both still alive 6 months later! :) Our vet and immunization supplier told us to give them the same shots, rabies and all (there were a few reported rabies cases in our area this year).
    11-05-2010, 09:09 AM
This is a very interesting topic, thank you for posting this question! I am going to follow this thread.

I am one of those people that are a little skeptical of the need for vaccines in humans. Same with my dog. I feel the same way about my minis, especially because my minis are isolated and never leave the property. So my vet is cool with giving the bare minimum. Of course if my circumstances change (if I get a boarder or my neighbor gets horses or I start taking them off property) I will reconsider.

Again, thanks!
    11-05-2010, 09:20 AM
Green Broke
I believe the dosage is the same in any size. Even when administering vacs to newborns, weanlings, yearlings the dosage should stay the same. I give my dogs and horses vacs myself. Even rabies. With the dogs though giving rabies is best done by the vet because there is a record with the vet but I decided to do my own. I just don't have the proof. But do ask again about giving a recommended vac to the minis as I couldn't tell you why they would need anything different. I think weightwise the only concern is for worming. Just ask, what's better to be safe than sorry.
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    11-05-2010, 09:23 AM
Green Broke
One more thing, you will need to give that flu/Rhino shot. I believe its recommended. Again, better to ask:)
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    11-05-2010, 11:10 AM
Mbender, from the other things I've heard/read about minis, I planned to give them the rhino/flu, just two weeks after I had administered the others.
    11-05-2010, 11:13 AM
Green Broke
Thats good. Just making sure. Sounded like you werent sure. Did you call your vet?
    11-05-2010, 02:49 PM
I would certainly call your vet to get the recommended vacs for your area, as they differ....
You could even call around, if there are other Equine Vets in your area, just to get an idea if they all "agree", since it appears not all vets are all that informed when it comes to miniatures.
And yes, they take the same dosage as a full size horse. Other than wormer, which some one has all ready mentioned....

    11-05-2010, 04:31 PM
Originally Posted by leonalee    
Much to my dismay, I have discovered that miniature horse's immune systems don't generally tolerate the typical 4 way well, and to give them the EEE, WEE, Tetanus, and then the Rhino/Flu separate 2 weeks later.

I have never heard that, and I and everyone I know gives our minis the combo shots with absolutely no problems whatsoever. They get the same dose as full size horses.
    11-05-2010, 05:26 PM
Okay guys - I got the skinny from my vet, who owns and breeds minis :) He said that typically, for an average mini, a full dose vaccine is fine, even of the multi-packed vaccines (4-way, 5-way, etc...) He did say, however, that since our minis are pretty small (28inches), it wouldn't hurt them to give them a 3/4 dose as opposed to a full dose, simply because sometimes large horses even have reactions, and in a small horse with a full dose it might make a reaction more likely. Additionally, we are well aware of what the suggested vaccinations for our area are.

PS - on the note of vaccines, Ptomic vaccines only guard against about 3 strains of Ptomic fever, and there are at least 30 strains, so our vet said that vaccinating for it isn't really all that helpful. I inquired about this a while ago because there had been horses in neighboring counties who have died from Ptomic, even after getting vaccinated. This applies to all horses... just thought I'd share :)

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