Equine vaccinations

Equine vaccinations

David Sparks Ph.D.
David Sparks Ph.D.
Vaccines are very much in the news these days, what with the COVID-19 pandemic and the whole world praying for a vaccine. But remember, Spring has arrived and we know you’re eager to spend more time with your four-legged equine best friend. It’s important to make sure your horse is healthy and feeling his best all year. Annual vaccinations are key to ensuring your horse’s health and well-being against potentially fatal equine diseases. But what vaccines does your horse absolutely need?

Every horse is unique, and every environment is unique. To determine what vaccinations your horse needs, talk with your veterinarian first. Your veterinarian can advise you on the potential disease risks in your area, the best time for core disease vaccination and what risk-based vaccines are right for your horse.

Core Vs. Risk-based Diseases

There are two categories of diseases that pose the most serious threats to horses:

Core Diseases: The five core diseases include rabies, West Nile virus, Eastern and Western equine encephalomyelitis, and tetanus. All horses are exposed to these potentially fatal diseases and need to be vaccinated annually according to the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Risk-based Diseases: Equine influenza virus and herpesvirus are the most common risk-based diseases that your horse may need to be vaccinated against. Vaccination will vary depending on your horse’s unique lifestyle and environment.

The Danger of Core Diseases Is Real

Protect your horse from the potentially fatal core diseases every spring with Core EQ Innovator®, the first and only vaccine to protect horses against all five core equine diseases in a single injection.

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