Equine Vaccinations

Equine Vaccinations

Equine Vaccinations are important to help protect your horse against debilitating diseases.  Equine Vaccinations are one of the best ways to prevent many infectious diseases.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners has established core and non-core recommendation for Equine Vaccinations.

A core vaccine is described as one which protects from a disease that is prevalent in a region. One that poses a potential danger to public health. One that is required by law. And, one that is highly infectious, and poses a risk of severe disease.

Vaccinations are an important part of horse management. Your horse can remain healthier when protected from diseases.


Core Vaccines

  • West Nile virus
  • Sleeping sickness (Western and Eastern)
  • Tetanus
  • Rabies

Core vaccines are safe, and therefore have a high enough level of benefit to offset the risk associated with their use.

Florida has an active mosquito population year-round. Therefore, horses need to be vaccinated more aggressively against mosquito-borne diseases.


Equine EWT

Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE) is most present in the south-eastern US. Western Encephalomyelitis (WEE) is typically reported in the western and mid-western states; however, there have been outbreaks of WEE in Florida.

It is transmitted by mosquitoes from wild birds and rodents.

EWT Vaccination is recommended every 6 months due to mosquitoes and rodents being more active year-round in Florida.


Equine Vaccinations

Equine EWT & West Nile

EWT & West Nile Virus vaccine is for the vaccination of healthy horses 4 months of age or older.

West Nile Virus (WNV) is one of the leading causes of encephalitis in horses and humans in the United States.

Horses vaccinated for WNV annually in the spring, prior to the start of mosquito season. Animals that have limited immunity may require more frequent vaccinations.


Read the Label

Always read the label prior to administering the vaccine. Some Vaccines provide warnings. Always use prior to the expiration date.  Store vaccines at the correct temperature. The label will list instructions on how to administer the injection.  Always consult your veterinarian if you are unsure how to administer the injection.


Vaccine reactions

Since vaccines stimulate an immune response, it is not uncommon for some horses to experience mild side effects after vaccination.

These side effects may include:

  • Low-grade fever
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fatigue or decreased energy
  • Tenderness at the injection site

If signs persist, consult your veterinarian. Additionally, contact your veterinarian immediately should your horse experience hives, difficulty breathing or colic, as it could be a more serious vaccine reaction.


After Vaccinations:

  • Walk your horse for 20—30 minutes. This increases blood flow to the muscles to help reduce stiffness.
  • Minimize strenuous activities for two to three days following vaccination.
  • If your horse experiences mild tenderness at the injection site, massage area and apply cold packs.
  • To make your horse more comfortable you may use Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories if necessary. Consult your veterinarian prior to use.
  • Contact your veterinarian if reaction symptoms occur.

In Conclusion, Whether you have one animal, a few, or an entire herd we know the health of your animal is important to you. Moreover, that’s why Hillandale Quality Feeds sells high-quality animal health products.

We carry an assortment of livestock, equine and pet health products including de-wormers, vaccines, supplements, wound care, and more. Not only do we have the products you need but we have the supplies needed to administer those products. Needles, syringes, and tagging guns are just a few of the health care supplies you will find at Hillandale Quality Feeds.

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