Horses are vulnerable to a wide range of neurological, respiratory, reproductive and other diseases. Fortunately most are preventable through routine annual and bi-annual equine vaccinations. Prevention of these diseases is primarily through vaccination. Geography is often a key factor in assessing risk of these diseases.
Equine Vaccinations for tetanus and encephalomyelitis should form the basic foundation of a vaccination program for every horse.
- Eastern, Western Encephalomyelitis
– West Nile Virus (Encephalomyelitis)
All horses are at risk for tetanus (from the soil) and one or more types of encephalomyelitis and West Nile Virus (from infected mosquitoes). Rabies is of course spread by a bite from infected wildlife.
Vaccination against respiratory diseases should be added to the basic vaccination program for all horses traveling, competing or co-mingling with other horses.
- Rhinopneumonitis (EHV-1 and EHV-4)
These respiratory diseases are spread by direct contact with other horses, contaminated equipment and facilities, or by breathing the same air in a barn or stable.
As your equine veterinarian we will recommend a vaccination protocol based on the results of your horse’s wellness exam, vaccination history, the disease threats in your area and the time of year.
Additional vaccines used on an individual or farm basis include:
– Equine Viral Arteritis
– Clostridium Disease
– Potomac Horse Fever
If you have any questions about your horses vaccine record, please contact Village Veterinary Hospital at 505-869-2627. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have.