Vaccine reactions in horses
Its that time of year when lots of farms do a full round of vaccinations and deworming as they are getting ready for the spring weather and the summer shows. Most think vaccine reactions occur within 48 hours after the vaccine is given. In actuality, many reactions occur between 10-60 days after vaccination. As a result, some reactions go completely unnoticed or are not linked to the administration of the vaccine, so these symptoms often go unreported.
Vaccination reactions include:
- hoof abscesses
- immune depletion severe enough to cause neurologic disease
- mental disorders
- body soreness
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- muscle atrophy
- localized inflammatory reactions at the vaccine site
- symptoms related to mercury toxicity
- Administration of multiple vaccines at the same time may increase the risk of adverse reactions.
- Safety and efficacy data are not available regarding the concurrent use of multiple vaccines
- Adverse reactions are not always predictable and are inherent risks of vaccination. Therefore, it is recommended that horses not be vaccinated in the 2 weeks prior to shows, performance events, sales or domestic shipment. Some veterinarians may elect not to vaccinate horses within 3 weeks of international shipment.
- After receiving a vaccine(s) intramuscularly, some horses experience local muscular swelling and soreness or transient, self-limiting signs including fever, anorexia and lethargy. Severe reactions at sites of injection can be particularly troublesome, requiring prolonged treatment and convalescence. Systemic adverse reactions (such as urticaria, purpura hemorrhagica or anaphylaxis) can also occur. Other system adverse reactions have been anecdotally reported.”
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)/Heaves
- Equine Protozoal Encephalomyelitis (EPM)
- Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (EPSM or PPSM)
- Insulin Resistance
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Founder/Laminitis/White Line Disease
- Any other disease not listed here
- Skin disease/Hives
- Respiratory issues
- Ulcers/Diarrhea/Digestive Disorders
- Eye problems
- Allergies or allergic reactions
Chvel (pronounced sha-velle) was formulated to help maintain a healthy immune system. The immune system is the first line of defense in preventing disease in your horse. Chvel promotes proper digestion, supports the immune system, and encourages normal immune response to allergens. The ingredients contained in this supplement are specifically designed to promote optimum health.
Colloidal Silver is an natural anti-infective agent, much like an antibiotic. Viruses, bacteria, protozoa, yeasts and fungi all respond well to oral treatment with Colloidal Silver. Colloidal Silver may be used in conjunction with other types of therapies, including antibiotics, prescribed by your veterinarian. It does not interact or interfere with any medications and is often recommended by Dr. DePaolo for vaccine reactions.
If you think your horse is having a major vaccine reaction, such as a neurologic disorder or muscle atrophy, you will want to explore the DEC Neuro Kit.
The DePaolo Equine Concepts Neurologic Kit was designed to provide nutraceutical supplements to help the body maintain normal neurologic function during times of stress. This is a completely holistic horse treatment that can be used in conjunction with other types of treatment prescribed by your veterinarian. The Neurologic Kit has been used in field trials to help many horses who either didn’t respond to treatment with drugs or who were plagued with chronic relapses.
If you want to know if your horse needs to be vaccinated, your veterinarian can run a blood test to check for antibody titers. Next week our blog box will discuss what antibody titers are and which ones are available.