Vaccinations: Readers Follow Vet Recommendations for Brands

More than 630 readers of responded to a poll asking, "How do you determine which brand of vaccines to give to your horse?"

results of poll on brands of vaccinations

Results were as follows: 

  • Vet recommendation 67.67% (429)
  • Evaluate data on safety, efficacy, and duration of immunity: 15.30% (97)
  • Online research: 5.52% (35)
  • Availability at my local farm store: 5.05% (32)
  • Price: 4.89% (31)
  • 1Barn manager/trainer recommendation: 1.58% (10)

Readers shared their thoughts in the comments below.

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 Poll sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health

  • My horses' DVM is a certified equine practitioner and he knows what is needed.
  • With 10 horses, price is very important, unfortunately.
  • Discussing with Vet, as well as keeping informed through equine health articles.
  • I choose the one with the most active anthelmintic ingedient that I am looking for at that time.
  • I have found many barn managers require excessive coverage.
  • some vaccines cause more reactions than others by observation
  • The Vet is the only person to go nere my horses with a needle
  • I have found this is not necessarily the best source of information
  • There can be a combination of answers here, maybe you should have allowed more than one selection.
  • Less is more: I believe for most non-fatal infections natural immunity, fewer vaccines is best
  • And what my mare doesn't have shot reactions to...
  • What is available in single doses at my online vet supply. I don't want to buy a 10 dose bottle.
  • Been using same particular brands for years, no side effects noted. Shop for best price on them.
  • some of my horses have a reaction to the Ft Dodge adjuvent so I don't use it anymore
  • Ft Dodge causes reactions in my horse so I use any other brand.
  • Vet recommendation is #1, balanced by my research of efficacy and side effect studies
  • I have horses allergic to certain brands, so I remind the vet regarding which horse gets what.
  • I stay away from Ft Dodge products, more injecton site neck soreness from those vaccines
  • West Nile
  • Never had a serious reaction to Fort Dodge but have to several other brands.
  • I have never had a reaction from a Fort Dodge vaccine. Number one in my book!
  • I appreciate and trust the education and experience of my vet.
  • I trust my vet; she's very current & well-researched.
  • Have used fort Dodge for years with no problems
  • I feel my vet knows best.
  • What my vet recommends is what I go with. She's a great vet and I trust her opinion.
  • My vet takes care of all that.
  • I trust my vet to use the best available.
  • Fort Dodge is the gold standard for me.
  • I like Pfizer & Merial. I do Not like Fort Dodge
  • watch for bad reactions,and change brands
  • I ONLY vaccinate with homeopathic Nosodes.
  • Trust... where it comes from & how it is handled, coming to me.
  • Very few shots are given, if any. Given one at a time and avoid combination shots
  • price should never be a factor when it comes to your animals basic vaccines
  • Half Arab very reactive-I look for adjuvent that does not stimulate big responses
  • Have always used Ft. Dodge as my horse has never had a reaction to them.
  • I try to avoid Merial, based on prior experience
  • After 1 anaphalctic reaction, my vet gives all vaccinations.
  • also past experience. one brand always gives an adverse reaction so I don't use it.
  • Those choices presume I pay attention to brand; I use what the vet brings, don't know the brands
  • I use Intervet products because they have less negative effects such as swelling/stiffness post- vac
  • I quit most shots and switched to homeopathic nosodes after a history of bad reactions to shots.
  • From Horse Journal which doesn't accept advertising, they do the evaluations
  • My vet give the shots twice a year so he is familiar w/ the horses.
  • mine get what the vet recommends
  • I get advice from health care people in the field.
  • I avoid Fort Dodge at all costs - had a horse nearly die from one - and I'm not the only one.
  • NO Fort Dodge in MY barn. Too many problems with their vax.
  • my vet is most likely to be familiar with the latest pharmaceuticals available for equine use.
  • My vet determins what and when to give.
  • Vet recommendation, most of the time ;)

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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