Even though foals receive some immunity by drinking colostrum within the first 12-24 hours of life, lack of exposure and the naiveté of the immune system sooner or later leave them susceptible to various disease-causing agents. Fortunately, many of these deficits can be addressed through vaccination. Foal vaccinations are boostered at least once during the first year
Young horses, especially those exposed to new horses, should also be vaccinated for respiratory tract diseases, especially equine influenza (flu) and equine herpesvirus. Some other common diseases include tetanus, encephalomyelitis, rabies, Potomac horse fever and strangles.
This free report provides the horse owner and caretaker with an overview of vaccinating young horses.
- Veterinarians Urge Vaccination against West Nile Virus
- Increased Equine West Nile Virus Activity in 2012
- Nutritional Considerations for Weanlings
- Supportive Care for Foals with Pharyngeal Dysfunction
- Horse Vaccines in 2012: Where We Stand
- Patella Infections in Foals Require Prompt Care (AAEP 2011)
- EHV-1 Inactivated Vaccine Efficacy Tested (AAEP 2011)
- Monitoring and Preventing EPE on Endemic Farms (AAEP 2011)
- Behavioral Differences Between Colts and Fillies Examined
- Developmental Dental Disorders in Horses