Equine Vaccinations and General Health
Keep Your Horse Healthy and Happy
East West Veterinary Care provides equine vaccinations, general health care and preventive medicine to keep your horse healthy and happy their entire life. Whether your horse is a pet or competitive athlete, having a reliable veterinary partner who understands your horse and medical history can be extremely beneficial in identifying and treating issues should they occur.
Equine medical services include:
- Annual physical exam to determine the overall function of the horse’s body systems and set baseline readings
- Core AAEP vaccinations such as Rabies, Encephalitis/Tetanus and West Nile
- Yearly Coggins test to check for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA)
- Fecal egg count for controlling parasites and determining optimal deworming treatments for each horse
- Much more
“When should I vaccinate my horse?”
“How often should I vaccinate my horse?”
“Is it really necessary to vaccinate my horse?”With vaccines being such a hot button item lately in both human and animal medicine, these are all fair questions. Diseases that we vaccinate against in horses are divided into two categories – Core Vaccinations and Risk-Based Vaccinations. Please call our office at 404-304-1286 to discuss which vaccines are right for you and your horse.
Core Vaccinations should be included in every horse’s vaccine schedule as the diseases they prevent have a high mortality rate. They can vary based on the geographic location of your horse. For horses in the Southeast, these diseases include Eastern Encephalitis (90% mortality rate), Western Encephalitis (50% mortality rate), West Nile virus (33% mortality rate), Tetanus (75% mortality rate), and Rabies (100% mortality rate). The first three listed here are transmitted by mosquitos. As we are prone to long warm seasons with mosquitos, we recommend vaccinating for these diseases twice a year. Tetanus is caused by bacteria in the soil and rabies is transmitted through exposure to infected wildlife.
Risk-based vaccines include Influenza, Herpes, Strep Equi (strangles), and Leptospirosis. These vaccines are generally not considered essential as the mortality rates tend to be much lower. The morbidity (likelihood of infection) is higher than the core diseases, however. A discussion with your veterinarian can assess your horse’s risk based on exposure to other horses, the age of the horse, how often, and where your horse travels. Recommendations on how often your horse would need these vaccines would also be determined by your horse’s risk assessment.