The State of Texas has seen an increase in Rabies cases in horses. In 2011, 12 cases of equine Rabies were reported. One of these cases was in a horse from Montgomery County. Horse owners are reminded to vaccinate for Rabies annually as part of a “core vaccination” program.
Also, mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been identified in Montgomery County. One horse in the Conroe/Spring area was diagnosed with West Nile Virus Encephalopathy in 2011. The recent rains have been a welcome addition to our weather pattern. However, with wet conditions comes increased mosquito activity. Make sure your horse has received an annual vaccination for West Nile Virus.
Recommended “core vaccinations”
- Sleeping Sickness/Tetanus (VEWT)
- West Nile Virus.
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Equine Herpes Virus outbreaks continue to occur sporadically across the United States. If your horse travels extensively, we are recommending a booster vaccination for EHV-1 every 90 days.
Equine Influenza and Strangles (Strep. equi) are additional respiratory diseases which can cause significant problems in show horses and horses that congregate at trail rides, training stables, etc. Many horse owners should consider adding vaccination for these respiratory diseases to the core vaccines. Please call us for advice in tailoring your horses’s vaccination program to your specific needs.