Vaccinations

We can provide all vaccinations necessary to keep your horse safe and healthy.

Vaccinations

Regular vaccination of your horse, pony or donkey is important from both an animal welfare and disease prevention perspective and also is a requirement for many competitions and shows.


These vaccines should all be recorded in the animal’s passport.


The most common diseases for which we regularly vaccinate are equine influenza and tetanus.


Equine Influenza


Flu is a viral infection that can affect any horse but is most common in young horses.


The virus causes fever, a nasal discharge and a cough, very similar to the signs seen in people with flu.


Although it is rarely fatal, affected animals can be very sick and outbreaks, particularly amongst unvaccinated animals, are not uncommon.

Most sporting bodies, including the FEI and BHA, have strict rules dictating that horses must be vaccinated against flu in order to compete and even in order to attend their premises.

In addition to the primary course of vaccinations, booster vaccines must be given at regular intervals, as prescribed by the relevant governing bodies.


Whilst it is the responsibility of the owner or trainer to ensure vaccines are given at the appropriate intervals our vets will be happy to review your horse’s vaccination record to ensure that it is up to date and to advise on when the next vaccination is due.


Tetanus


All horses, ponies and donkeys should be vaccinated against tetanus.


It is caused by a bacteria, clostridium tetani, that is primarily present in the soil, but can also be on wire or in the animal’s faeces entering the horse’s system through wound contamination.


Endotoxins from the bacteria can rapidly result in muscle paralysis and this is frequently fatal.


Vaccination for tetanus is, fortunately, very effective and cases of tetanus in vaccinated horses are incredibly rare.


Other vaccines


Equine herpesvirus is a viral infection that can cause respiratory disease similar to flu and can also result in neurological disease and abortion.


Vaccinations for herpes virus are most effective when all horses on a premises are vaccinated.


Rotavirus is a common viral infection resulting in diarrhoea and weight loss in foals.


Vaccinations are effective in preventing and reducing the prevalence of this condition and is usually most appropriate on studs or on premises where cases of rotavirus have been diagnosed in the past.


If you would like to discuss vaccination of your horse, pony or donkey please feel free to contact the hospital and speak with our staff.