Dr. Kerby Weaver Discusses Equine Vaccines –

(Ernie Rodina) Hi friends, I’m Ernie Rodina and you’re watching AGam in Kansas. I’m here in Kansas City, here at this beautiful Silvertooth Stables just outside of Kansas City and we’re here with Dr. Kerby Weaver who’s with Boehringer Ingelheim and we’re going to talk vaccinations today, doc. (Dr. Kerby Weaver) You bet. (Ernie) Why is it so important to vaccinate these horses? (Kerby) It’s the most affordable insurance you can have for your horse. A lot of these diseases we’re protecting against are deadly diseases. A lot of them are spread by mosquitoes and you can’t keep the mosquitoes from your horse but we should be able to protect your horse from the virus. (Ernie) One disease comes to mind and put everybody on edge a few years back and that’s West Nile and some data showed there was like 400 horses that had West Nile and the end result of that’s not very good. But the thing that really caught my attention is not one of them was vaccinated for West Nile. (Kerby) Yes, and that data is just from this past year in 2016 where they had almost 400 cases of West Nile. You add in Eastern Equine Encephalitis that’s another 100 horses, so you have over 500 horses that could have been protected from these diseases. It’s easily preventable with proper vaccinations. (Ernie) Doc, sometimes when your horse gets a disease, it can cause secondary complications to come in with your horse, am I correct on that? (Kerby) Right, we know that some of these infectious diseases can lead to or contribute to inflammatory airway disease, which can be a chronic ongoing problem for performance horses. (Ernie) Our industry has so many resources to go find out more information about vaccinating your horses and things like that. Tell me some that you might recommend. (Kerby) I think a real good one is the Equine Disease Communication Center. The equinediseasecc.org is where you can follow up to date outbreak information. You can follow them with their email alerts; you can follow him on Twitter and Facebook. (Ernie) If you want information, it’s there. (Kerby) You bet. There’s tons of resources including the vetera-vaccines.com also. (Ernie) Great one. What I want to ask you a little bit about is, people think one vaccine is the same as the other. That’s not the case. (Kerby) No, all vaccines are not created equal. You need to be looking for the most current, the most up-to-date vaccine strains available. (Ernie) With doing that you can find that out and work with your local vet from that standpoint, getting you on your right program. It is also a fact, I don’t care what vaccine, sometimes your horse can get a reaction. (Kerby) Yes, same as if you or I were going to get a vaccine they tell us we might have some redness, we might have some soreness, you may even have a low grade fever. Same is true for your horse. You can have a little swelling in the neck; you can have a low-grade fever. We know that that can be related to the vaccine having a response in the horse. (Ernie) Not only a horse can be sometimes with these diseases, be fatal but if you don’t vaccinate the horses they get sick. There’s some other cost factors that come into play for that horseman out there. Putting that horse out of commission and from that standpoint. (Kerby) Absolutely. You have loss of training time, you have cost of treatment and just the heartache of worrying about your horse. (Ernie) Now, as far as getting on a good vaccination program we would recommend you get in touch with your local veterinarian, work with him from that standpoint. Folks, thanks so much for tuning into AGam in Kansas and make sure you tune in every week to a new episode. We had a great time with Dr. Kerby Weaver. I hope you come back again, doc. (Kerby) Thanks Ernie. Good to be here. (Ernie) Thank you.

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