It is crucial that you keep on top of your horse’s vaccinations, both for your horse’s health and for the safety of others. It is a requirement that your horse is fully vaccinated for many competitions and shows.
The most common diseases for which we regularly vaccinate are equine influenza and tetanus.
Equine Influenza (Flu)
Flu is a viral infection that can affect any horse but is most common in young horses. The virus causes similar symptoms to human flu: fever, nasal discharge and coughing. Affected animals can become very sick and outbreaks, particularly amongst unvaccinated animals, are not uncommon. Most sporting bodies dictate that horses are vaccinated against flu. A primary course is given, with booster vaccines following, often prescribed by governing bodies.
All horses, ponies and donkeys should be vaccinated against tetanus. It is caused by a bacteria found in soil or in faeces, and enters the horse’s system through open wounds. It can result in muscle paralysis which is often fatal. Vaccination for tetanus is very effective and cases of tetanus in vaccinated horses are incredibly rare.
Equine herpesvirus is a viral infection that can cause respiratory disease similar to flu and can also result in neurological disease and abortion. Vaccinations for herpes virus are most effective when all horses on a premises are vaccinated.
Rotavirus is a common viral infection resulting in diarrhoea and weight loss in foals. Vaccinations are effective in preventing and reducing the prevalence of this condition and is usually most appropriate on studs or on premises where cases of rotavirus have been diagnosed in the past.