Horse vaccines are one of the easiest and most affordable methods to protect your stock from infectious diseases. At Premier Equine Veterinary Service, we provide the core vaccines recommended by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), as well as risk-based vaccines to protect individual horses or horses in the greater Chicago area. We stagger the administration of these vaccines between the spring and fall, which ensures that your horses are also getting a basic veterinary checkup twice per year.
Horse Vaccines We Administer
The AAEP guidelines suggest that horses should be administered core vaccines to protect against the following equine diseases:
- Eastern or Western Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE/WEE)
- West Nile Virus
We also recommend various risk-based horse vaccines to protect against geographic threats and other potential risks that we’ve seen in the greater Chicago area among horse populations. These include:
- Potomac Horse Fever
There may be additional risk-based vaccines that will be recommended for your horse or horses, but our highly skill veterinary staff will discuss those with you on a case by case basis. For example, certain brood mares may require vaccination four to six weeks before birth, in order to reduce the risk of passive viral transmissions to the foal.
At Premier Equine Veterinary Service, we recommend splitting the vaccine schedule between spring and fall as follows:
Spring Vaccine Schedule:
- Vetera Gold (EWT/West Nile Virus/Flu/Rhino)
Fall Vaccine Schedule:
- Vetera 2XP (Flu/Rhino)
After your horse receives a vaccination, walk the animal or allow him or her to get some free exercise for about 30 minutes. The increased blood circulation will prevent any muscle stiffness from setting in. Avoid allowing the horse to get any strenuous exercise for two to three days after vaccination, to allow for a good vaccine response.
Contact Us to Schedule Horse Vaccines
Our equine veterinarians also do veterinary checkups in the spring and fall while administering vaccines. This includes a dental checkup and other services. Call us at Premier Equine Veterinary Service at 888-860-2344 to get your animals on the schedule for spring and fall horse vaccines!