Fall Vaccination Tips
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