Why Should My Horse Be Vaccinated?

At Countryside, we follow the core vaccination guidelines of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). The AAEP considers these vaccines essential to maintaining the health and well being of the average horse and some are even necessary to safeguard human health. Core vaccinations function to decrease the severity of specific diseases or to prevent them altogether. Unfortunately, there are no effective means of treatment for many of the diseases we vaccinate for and these diseases are nearly always fatal. That is why our goal is to provide the very best in preventive health care and keep your horse as healthy and disease-free as possible.

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What are the Core Equine Vaccines?

  • Tetanus
  • Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) ​
  • Western equine encephalomyelitis (WEE)
  • West Nile
  • Rabies

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Risk Based (Noncore) Vaccines

​The decision of whether or not to vaccinate a horse against other common equine diseases are based on several risk factors including:

  • Age
  • Breeding status
  • Geographic location
  • Trailering / exposure to other horses

We recommend the following vaccines for boarding stables, training facilities, show and trail horses:

  • Rhino/Flu (EHV1, EHV4, influenza) - Booster every 6 months

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Why Should a Veterinarian Vaccinate Your Horse?

1. Over Vaccinating

We develop a customized plan for each horse based on their risk, age and exposure. We will not administer a vaccine unless your horse truly needs it, thus eliminating the risk of over vaccinating.

2. Reputable Source

In order to be safe and effective, vaccines need to be appropriately handled (stored at the proper temperature), given in the right location and administered in the correct dosage. Having your horse vaccinated by a veterinarian means you've entrusted this process to someone educated in the proper handling and administration of vaccines. In the rare event of an adverse reaction, our veterinarians are also equipped to manage the event. Online pharmacies and farm supply stores are not able to provide this support or guarantee that the product has been handled correctly at all times.

3. Guaranteed Product

The companies that manufacture vaccines offer to cover the costs of diagnostic tests and treatment if your horse contracts a disease it was vaccinated for. The companies will only stand behind their product if your horse was vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian. No vaccine is 100% effective and if you choose to vaccinate your own horse, you do not receive this guarantee.

Countryside Veterinary Services is happy to help design a vaccination program tailored to your individual horse or stable's risk factors. Please give us a call to learn more about our Wellness Packages!