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post #11 of 14 Old 11-24-2009, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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The whole reason for not calling my vet in the first place is because online I can get a single dose for at most 12 dollars. Even if I were to drive to the vets office and pick them up, it would probably be twice that per shot. If the vet had to come out, I would add on probably another 30 dollars. The only vet in our area, besides the emergency care/surgical clinic, is the pricey one.
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post #12 of 14 Old 11-26-2009, 04:04 AM
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No, but I just don't like the idea of giving an all in one....When you take your dog to the vet, they have individual vaccines. Same with people. Its mostly because it would be rare that a horse would contract tetanus, the flu, AND any of the encephalyitic diseases at the same time. When they're grouped together the antibodies are built differently versus when they are given separately. At the previous barn I rode at (where I learned to do the vaccinations) the vet would come out once and give us the individual syringes so the shots could be spaced out over a few days.
All the small animal vets I know give combos.
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post #13 of 14 Old 11-26-2009, 08:55 AM
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All the small animal vets I know give combos.
i was about to say the same thing.

Personally, if i got a tetanus shot i would feel comfortable giving my animal one if it seemed necessary. maybe if you contact your vet they can tell you if they have a separate vaccine so you can vaccinate him separately as opposed to all together, but maybe they don't. I am not sure what you mean by you 'found a vaccine, but it only comes in a combo', or if you actually talked to a vet or not and they told you it only comes in combo. Also, with any vaccine there is a risk, but maybe the dr. can let you know what he/she feels about how risky it might/might not be. maybe then you can feel a peace of mind.

good luck! :)

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[quote=justsambam08;471261]Thanks everyone! The only reason I'm a little hesitant is because a)I don't plan on showing him, or even moving him (barring the barn owner sells to a tyrant or something) and b) although it is a youth show barn, since the emphasis is on youth, the showing season is really summer only, so none of the other horses are coming and going frequently either.

His WNV booster is due next year. He was boosted for WNV, flu, WEE/EEE/VEE and rabies in May, and so the only ones that need re-boosting are the flu and the three EE's. I probably will just vaccinate him against the tetanus, but it doesn't make me too thrilled to be giving him a 3-way either.

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If you are in a situation where your vet recommends boostering for EEE, WEE, VEE every 6 months then you are also in a situation where WNV would be recommended every 6 months as these are all transmitted by biting insects. If you are just giving EEE, WEE yearly then you are giving them at the wrong time as they should be given right before the onset of biting insect season--early spring--the same as WNV.

Unless you are in the states bordering Mexico, you don't need to give VEE.

And I wouldn't be worried about giving him a 3-way vaccine unless he has some serious underlying health condition. The 3-way vaccines have been proven to provide good protection and millions of doses of multi-valent vaccine have been given with minimal adverse reaction. (Adverse reaction rates are well under 1% of vaccines given.)

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