Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Spring 2016 Vaccinations

Previously, in 2014, I did a quick table of the vaccines that Tristan usually gets. It's changed a lot over the years.

So what did he get this year?

Some things are standard: rabies, flu/rhino, and Eastern/Western/Tetanus, West Nile.

In the past, I noted that he got strangles at the discretion of the vet and the barn. This year, we passed on the strangles vaccine because there's a pregnant mare in the barn, and there were concerns about the live virus vaccination. My barn takes biosecurity very seriously, which is a thing that I appreciate and support, so no strangles until after the foal arrives - and maybe not even then. We won't be traveling much.

Tris will get Potomac and a flu/rhino booster in the fall as usual.

One new development this year is that my vet noted that she now has a Lyme vaccine available, but did not recommend it for Tris this year. We haven't had many ticks in this part of Vermont, and in fact I've never pulled one off Tris at this barn. I have definitely done so at previous barns! I've emailed her and asked for more information, since I didn't realize it was available for horses yet.

Last year, Tris had some mild reactions to his vaccines, and this year the vet gave him some banamine alongside his vaccines. He was still quite sluggish for our ride the next night. An interesting new development for him, as he'd never previously been a horse to react in any way - even having all his vaccines on the same day with zero stiffness in his neck. Age, I guess!

Are you opting for anything different in terms of vaccination this year?


  1. Last year Pig had some mild reactions to his vaccines, too. He's never had them before either. I am wondering if it was due to the formulation of the flu vax for the year.

    1. That's an interesting thought too. I had chalked it up to his immune system not being as great because of the Cushings and also some age-related stuff.

  2. Our horses all got the EHV vaccines required for competition, otherwise we were business as usual.

  3. Nilla had a really bad reaction this year. All 4 legs swelled up like sausages and she was depressed and off her food. Luckily no colic or lameness, but she was pretty miserable for about a week and I had to have the vet back out to get extra meds for her. Last year Shasta's neck swelled up so much we had to ice it so they got their shots in the butt this year.


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