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We strongly recommend that all horses, ponies and donkeys are regulalrly vaccinated against the most common diseases.
Course of 2 injections
1st vaccination - from 6 months old
2nd vaccination - 28 days (approx 4 weeks)
This is followed by a booster every 6 months
To protect against abortion in pregnant mares, vaccines are required at 5, 7 and 9 months of gestation.
Fever - high temperature, dullness
Coughing and nasal discharge
Neonatal foals can show signs of weakness, jaundice, respiratory distress and death usually occurs within 3 days of life
Older foals will show signs of coughing and nasal discharge
Abortion of pregnant mares usually between 4-8 months of gestation
Neurological disease - recumbency, uncoordinated limbs, urine dribbling/retention
Diagnosis and Treatment
Horses showing any signs should be isolated and a vet called immediately.
Several tests are available which the vet may consider necessary to confirm a diagnosis.
Treatment may include - anti-inflammatory medication, antibiotics, cathertisation if the horse is unable to pass urine, IV fluid therapy if the horse is dehydrated.
Strict barrier nursing should apply and the stables and equipment kept as clean/disinfected as possible.