Vaccine Overload in Horses
We are increasingly seeing negative side effects that occur from the over-use of routine vaccines. Almost all of our horse vaccines last a minimum of 7 years, most last a lifetime. Many horse owners continue to vaccinate their horses too frequently because they believe that vaccines are innocuous (do no harm). Many horses are vaccinated yearly (or more often) for diseases that they are never exposed to or already have immunity to. Horses can also have vaccine reactions up to 30 days after the administration of the vaccine so often times these symptoms go totally unnoticed or are not generally thought of as being linked to a vaccine administration.
Many think that just because Dr. Mark doesn’t recommend vaccinating your horse every year that this equates to not vaccinating AT ALL. This is far from the truth. Dr. Mark wants each horse owner to be educated to make their own decisions about vaccinating and to do what they feel is best for their animals. It is important to know about core vaccines, non-core vaccines, titers etc.