As a veterinarian, I routinely vaccinate patients on a daily basis as a perceived part of preventative health. Vaccines have certainly saved many lives and prevented many infectious diseases from spreading, but one has to question their timeliness as well as possible negative impact on health as well.
If you own a horse, one of the most important things you can do to maintain health is vaccinations, but it can also be a costly endeavor. Everyone seems to have a strategy or recommendation, but the question is ‘what is right for your horse?’. Well, that depends on many factors including location, exposure to other horses as well as general risk factors. Another thing to consider is that vaccines are not without harm and over administration of vaccines can prove to be harmful in some circumstances. Let’s explore the options and recommendations.