Fall Vac­ci­na­tion Tips

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Vac­ci­na­tion may be the fur­thest thing from your mind this fall, but the rig­ors of travel and train­ing may be tak­ing a toll on your horse, low­er­ing his abil­ity to fend off dis­ease. Horses trav­el­ing and in con­tact with many dif­fer­ent horses and en­vi­ron­ments will likely need fall booster vac­ci­na­tions. In ad­di­tion, horses that weren’t vac­ci­nated in the spring should be vac­ci­nated in the fall.

“There is sea­sonal preva­lence and some dis­eases have an in­creased risk in the fall,” says Duane Chap­pell, DVM, Merck An­i­mal Health equine tech­ni­cal ser­vices vet­eri­nar­ian. “This in­cludes West Nile virus and East­ern Equine En­cephalomyeli­tis, as mosquito pop­u­la­tions peak in the fall, as well as res­pi­ra­tory dis­ease due to the stress of fall weather, travel, and large fall trail rides.”

“While there’s no one-size-fits-all vac­ci­na­tion rec­om­men­da­tion, work with your vet­eri­nar­ian this fall to as­sess dis­ease risk and need for booster vac­ci­na­tions,” adds Dr. Chap­pell. “Pre­vent­ing dis­ease through proper vac­ci­na­tion is far safer, eas­ier, and more eco­nom­i­cal than treat­ing a dis­ease af­ter your horse is sick.”

Your vet­eri­nar­ian will de­sign an ap­pro­pri­ate vac­ci­na­tion pro­to­col for your

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