Vaccinations

Vaccinations are just as important for a horse staying local as it is for one that is traveling. It minimizes the risk of spreading diseases and influenza when horses come into contact with one another. Every year, strains change and vaccine companies have to work hard to predict which strains they need to protect against. It is important for us to stay up to date on this and provide the best forms of vaccinations annually.

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Vetera Gold: This vaccine is an “all in one” vaccine. It protects against flu/rhino, tetanus, West Nile and encephalitis. It is administered once a year. It is recommended for travelling horses and a requirement for FEI horses to have an additional flu-rhino booster at 6 months.

Calvenza: This vaccine is used as an aid in reduction of respiratory diseases caused by equine herpes virus type 1 (EHV-1) and type 4 (EHV-4), and by equine influenza virus types A2 North American and A2 Eurasian. It can also be used as a booster for horses competing at the FEI level who require vaccinations every six months.

West Nile vaccine: So far West Nile is not prevalent in the lower mainland, but cases have been found in other areas of BC, Alberta and Washington State. The possibility of its spread and the fact that it frequently results in fatality are the reasons we strongly recommend vaccinating all horses.

Strangles vaccine: We have had inconsistency with the efficacy of this vaccine. As it is only an aid in prevention, isolation or quarantine is still the best protection. If vaccinating, we recommend horses be boosted when going into a high risk situation such as a farm or area that has had it. The present vaccine is administered intra-nasally.

Tetanus: In addition to being one of the components in our Vetera Gold vaccine, we often use this vaccine when horses sustain a wound and always give one to a horse before surgery.

As of January 1, 2016, the USEF requires all horses traveling to the United States to have been vaccinated within the last six months and provide documentation showing this. If you are travelling internationally we can provide you with this documentation.

For further reading: AAEP’s Vaccination Guidelines