Vaccine Study From IVC
I get asked about vaccinations quite a bit in my practice. Since a horse’s immune system functions just like yours, I take a similar approach to giving vaccines when the horse is younger, which offers them lifelong antibodies.
Jean Dodds, DVM, addresses immunity in this interesting article about small breed dog vaccines. Currently, there is much more funding for studies around companion animals. While you may say ‘How could this apply to my horse?’, since a dog’s immune system functions identically to a horse’s, you can extrapolate information from this study and apply it to horses.
I completely agree when Dr. Dodds points out that young animals do better if we don’t vaccinate too young before the maternal antibodies wear off. Starting the vaccine schedule after weaning is a good place to start.
The study also showed a single dose of a core vaccine can provide long-term immunity. The article discusses vaccine-associated adverse events, which I often see manifest itself in my practice as allergies, founder and neurologic symptoms. I hope this helps you reconsider giving annual vaccines.
I have highlighted the parts of the article I found most interesting, so please read on and see what you think! Click on the thumbnail below to read the article by Dr. Jean Dodds from the Spring 2016 Integrative Veterinary Care magazine.