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How often do you vaccinate for rabies?

Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by Qtina, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. Qtina

    Qtina Senior Member

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    I know dogs only need to be vaccinated for rabies every 3 years (at least in Michigan). So, do horses really need to be vaccinated for rabies every year?

    I have never really understood why so many vaccinations are done yearly. Do they really need to be done this often?
     
  2. Lopinslow

    Lopinslow Senior Member

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    I do it yearly
     
  3. prettyqtrs

    prettyqtrs Senior Member+

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    My horses receive a rabies vaccination every spring (along with EWE, Tetanus, and WNV vaccines).
     
  4. bvhorses

    bvhorses Senior Member

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    In my state, NY, a vet certificate for rabies vaccine is required to show, along with coggins test. Some shows also require proof of strangles vaccine and Rhino. There is a big controversy about this and how it is a real money maker for vets to require certification. I can buy the vaccine much cheaper and give it myself, as I do with my other shots, but need the vet certificate.
     
  5. Lopinslow

    Lopinslow Senior Member

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    BV, here in MN we do not have to have a rabies certificate to show (just a negative coggins) but a vet HAS to give Rabies.
     
  6. JBandRio

    JBandRio Senior Member+

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    Year for horses. You can't extrapolate the effectiveness of a vaccine in dogs or cats to that of horses. Until someone antes up the $$ to pay for a Rabies study that shows it's effective for more than a year, it will be required yearly in order to be considered effective. The year mark is what's been proven, nothing beyond.
     
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    Yearly. (too short)
     
  8. Qtina

    Qtina Senior Member

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    I understand that you can not equate what works for a dog to a horse. Or a cat to a dog. Or a human to a dog, etc.

    I have just often wondered why it is so different from animal to animal.:confused:

    Does anyone know of any good articles or information on this subject? I have been trying to find some, but have only been able to find articles that are basically just someone's opinion.

    I know that it has been a topic of conversation about why humans only get vaccinated for certain things once in a whole lifetime, but we vaccinate animals yearly. I have to say - I really wonder this too.
     
  9. Roleysnewmom

    Roleysnewmom Senior Member+

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    over vaccination worries me also. I will vaccinate yearly untill someone proves otherwise is better, but I too feel like it's a big ploy for vets to make more money.
     
  10. KristinJ

    KristinJ Senior Member+

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    Yearly.

    too short
     

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