Friday, June 13, 2014

Vaccine Update

This morning I went out to hand out breakfast and was greeted by 4 whinnys

(Why are you so late????)

(It was only 8am)

4 sets of bright eyes

4 unswollen necks and jaws

16 hooves racing and pacing around their pens eager for breakfast

4 noses dove into their food (or pasture) like they had not been fed in weeks

It was nice to see everyone feeling better today.

Perhaps I didn't mess up as badly as I thought I had.   Live and learn I guess

Live and learn


  1. I have given my vaccines myself ever since I had ponies, that's the way its done out here. The first year I was terrified and I told my vet, he made me do it while he watched, said it was exactly how he would do it. I now do them in the chest area rather then the neck, much more muscle there and they jump a little sometimes but not bad. And all our vaccines come in individual dosed syringes with their own needles so no chance of giving the wrong amount. I have never used a alcohol scrub but its probly a good idea. my horses get the whole deal but Neil s horse had a reaction to the west nile one year so he doesn't get that anymore and I haven't seen any trouble since. Interesting about exercise, I always give mine after a ride but then they go out to pasture so i guess that's exercise. I think its good to share what you know so we can all do it better.

    1. I did use the predosed syringes, and gave it all too each horse thinking that was the right thing to do. Then they reacted so badly and I went back and read the directions again and although it was unclear if I was supposed to adjust for weight, I assumed that perhaps that is what I was supposed to do. After speaking with someone this morning I have learned that I did in fact do exactly what I was supposed to do. Give the entire thing. It was a 5 way vaccine, and as DD mentioned on my previous post- perhaps it is just too much at once.

  2. I do all my own except rabies. From what I've been told, they change formulas frequently, so you could have no reaction one year, and a severe one the next year and vice versa. It sounds like yours are all doing fine.

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