The purpose of vaccinations by horses is to prevent serious diseases, which usually have the potential for fatal outcome.
By administering the pathogen (usually a virus or bacteria) in a weakened form, the body will make antibodies against it and it is protected against the disease in question for a certain period of time.
An immunization always contains several subgroups of a pathogen and usually contains several pathogens at the same time. Therefore it is a very strong and unnatural stimulation of the immune system. As a result, animals can have a significant relapse if they are in the process of healing from another disease (for example an allergy). Allergic or toxic reactions can also occur as a result of the excipients contained in the vaccine.
However, vaccinating is often necessary because protection against certain diseases is necessary or because it is mandatory in a number of situations. For example, if you compete with your horse. To minimize the side effects of a vaccination, the following is recommended:
- Vaccinate only when necessary. Vaccinations against, for example, tetanus are not necessary every year.
- Vaccinate against as few diseases as possible at the same time.
- Only vaccinate when an animal is healthy.
At our practice, we vaccinate the horses with an inverted vaccination that can reduce the amount of stress on the body. This is a good solution for horses that often have a negative / allergic reaction to the vaccination. Swelling, tiredness, stiff muscles, bumps or itching are some examples of allergic reactions after vaccination. The inverted vaccination is simply a valid vaccination and thus meets all the requirements for competition driving. In addition, we also work with various medications that have a supportive effect after vaccination. Please feel free to contact our practice for more information about this.
Influenza and Tetanus vaccination:
Horses that participate in competitions within the Netherlands must be vaccinated. Certain rules apply for this:
- A horse must have had a basic vaccination. This means that the horse has received two influenza and tetanus vaccinations with a period of 6-8 weeks in between.
- After that, the horse must be vaccinated annually with the influenza vaccination.
- The tetanus vaccination does not have to be repeated annually. This is because tetanus is not a contagious disease, but can occur after a wound infection. Currently many horses are still vaccinated annually or even twice a year with tetanus. This is an unnecessary burden on the immune system. The sore and / or stiff muscles after a vaccination also seem to be mainly the result of the tetanus vaccination. The influenza and tetanus vaccines have been combined for several years and are available separately.
Titertest with the TetaCheck for horses! By means of a blood test it can be determined whether there are still sufficient antibodies in the horse’s body against Tetanus or whether the horse needs to be vaccinated. Read more.
We do not vaccinate Rhinopneumonia vaccinations. More information can be found in the Rhino virus article on our website. You can get drops from us that reduce the reaction / burden after the vaccination.
West Nile virus
We can also make inverted medication for the West Nile vaccination, which reduces the burden of this vaccination. We recommend starting this medication 1 week before vaccination and continuing until 2 weeks after vaccination.