Horse Owner's Fear:
West Nile Virus

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Are you prepared to deal with West Nile virus?

Yes, my horses are fully vaccinated.
No, my horses were vaccinated, but not boostered.
No, my horses were never vaccinated.
I don't know.

Total votes cast: 1160

Comments & Write-in Answers

Vaccination is being responsible.

8/6/2007 11:29:10 AM

dont think the vac is safe

8/6/2007 7:48:35 AM

shots 2x year plus summer booster

8/5/2007 5:27:42 PM

My horses are vaccinated but I don't feel prepared for it.

8/5/2007 8:47:10 AM

I vaccinate 2x/year in Southern California. In March and again in September.

8/4/2007 12:34:43 PM

My horse was just vaccinated because her stable mate had to be put down on Tuesday with WNV

8/4/2007 9:11:48 AM

she can not open her mouth and has broken off a little bit of her hoof

8/4/2007 6:49:50 AM

Dr. P and Serrano Creek make sure it happens

8/4/2007 2:27:16 AM

you can never be too careful, spend the $30 and be safe than sorry

8/4/2007 1:36:06 AM

Of course she's vaccinated. Too risky not to-- to her and to the other horses she lives with.

8/3/2007 10:38:51 PM

why would you not vaccinate?

8/3/2007 2:13:58 PM

Our barn requires vaccinations for all horse related problems and general shots

8/3/2007 1:20:11 PM

I have vaccinated ever since it was available, even old infirm horses.

8/3/2007 1:02:54 PM

1 reacted to vaccine so can't be

8/3/2007 11:44:33 AM

I'd rather spend the money for a vaccine than take a chance of losing my horses.

8/3/2007 11:33:29 AM

My horse is a West Nile Survior!

8/3/2007 6:48:26 AM

Phoenix, AZ is getting heavy rain this summer, & lots of mosquitos!

8/3/2007 1:08:55 AM

i dont know where to get one or how much it will cost,i cant afford to many shots".

8/2/2007 11:07:19 PM

My horses are vaccinated every six months.

8/2/2007 9:08:52 PM

Mosquitos are terrible this year with us having over 40 inches so far

8/2/2007 7:37:23 PM

Mine got shots in June - I asked vet about a booster & he said "not yet" - will let us know if/when

8/2/2007 5:33:43 PM

I don't over vacc. my horses. Every other year they're vacc. and boostered. Way I was raised. works

8/2/2007 5:06:05 PM


8/2/2007 4:40:47 PM

Also reduced standing water on farm & no turn-out during prime mosquito hours

8/2/2007 4:37:47 PM

After 1 case, I don't want another!

8/2/2007 3:56:28 PM

every 6 months

8/2/2007 2:41:19 PM

Never heard about it here in Moscow, Russia.

8/2/2007 2:26:15 PM

Minis got diarhea and colds after vaccinations.

8/2/2007 12:37:14 PM

I think the vac is not safe

8/2/2007 12:00:21 PM

Vaccinate every Spring and encouraged others to do this, too

8/2/2007 10:40:29 AM

No standing water either, but no one can be fully prepared for this horrible disease!

8/2/2007 8:52:18 AM

Lakota gets his spring and fall shots annually. It is a must in addition to routine check-ups.

8/2/2007 8:06:27 AM

Cheap Insurance against a potential lethal virius, you own a horse take the responsiblity to have it

8/2/2007 1:39:46 AM

My horse is on a semi annual vaccination schedule

8/2/2007 12:56:44 AM

Shots all the time, plus environmental eradication. No standing water; buckets scrubbed; BUGSPRAY!

8/2/2007 12:49:55 AM

I vaccinate my horses myself

8/1/2007 11:45:42 PM

nutrient circle

8/1/2007 11:44:47 PM

it's just not worth the risk

8/1/2007 11:07:32 PM

Lyme disease seems to be very high in NY

8/1/2007 11:05:34 PM

want to use the new vaccine this year

8/1/2007 10:05:32 PM

I have also treated my ponds with larvicide and use fly spray daily

8/1/2007 9:08:51 PM

Getting to close to NW Oregon

8/1/2007 7:45:43 PM

living in SW Lousiana we vaccinate twice a yr for WNV

8/1/2007 6:42:03 PM

yearly vaccines, just call the vet abd have it done.

8/1/2007 6:39:20 PM

WNV has been so prevelent in the N.E. in recent years, it would be irresponsible not to vaccinate.

8/1/2007 5:51:43 PM

My horse is 26 years old. I know people whose horses have reacted badly. I elect not to vaccinate.

8/1/2007 5:36:47 PM

vaccine + mosquito dunks + spray lots of precautions

8/1/2007 5:28:15 PM

I watched a horse in the pasture next to mine DIE of WNV the first year the vaccine came out- mine h

8/1/2007 4:42:32 PM

husband is equine vet and we have never had a positive WNV in our practice!!

8/1/2007 4:15:00 PM

could be the difference between a sick horse & a dead one, vaccinate!

8/1/2007 3:19:11 PM

I am most concerned about showing with those who do not vaccinate regardless of the reason.

8/1/2007 3:05:11 PM

my horse had an allergic reaction to one of the vacines when he was young

8/1/2007 2:49:05 PM

why take a chance? People can die, so do horses.

8/1/2007 1:28:22 PM

Horses vaccinated and aggresive insect control is practiced.

8/1/2007 12:01:58 PM

Mine have been fully vaccinate since the vaccine first came out.

8/1/2007 11:47:46 AM

My horses were done months before the virus hit here.

8/1/2007 11:40:23 AM

I regularly vaccinate for WNV; try to control mosquito pop. & limit peak activity turnout

8/1/2007 11:36:59 AM

Let's hope that's enough!

8/1/2007 11:24:05 AM

Yearly spring vacc plus fall booster.

8/1/2007 11:14:43 AM

Vaccinate every 6 months

8/1/2007 11:13:15 AM

vaccinated annually during the season

8/1/2007 10:38:05 AM

One of my horses came down with west nile after vaccination was done and then I stopped vaccinating

8/1/2007 10:19:31 AM

Why not vaccinate? It's a no brainer. Anyone who hasn't is asking for trouble.

8/1/2007 10:12:14 AM

In 2002 I had 3 confirmed cases, who recovered . Their vaccines didn't have time to fully protect .

8/1/2007 10:05:52 AM

After all the hipe, and lots of dead birds, doesn"t seem to be a problem for horses in SW Missouri.

8/1/2007 10:04:48 AM

I don't understand why anyone wouldn't vaccinate. I've done it since it was first available.

8/1/2007 9:36:37 AM

all the horses at our barn are vaccinated for W.N.

8/1/2007 9:35:01 AM

We vaccinate because we've had 2 cases.

8/1/2007 8:54:31 AM

we vaccinate annually

8/1/2007 8:52:11 AM

Simple preventive measures are much easier than dealing with disease!

8/1/2007 8:43:26 AM

I faithfully vaccinate all my horses the first of April before the mosquitos are out in our area.

8/1/2007 8:34:42 AM

Yes, all horses are fully vaccinated, however I still watch them carefully for signs of WNV.

8/1/2007 7:23:30 AM

they have been vaccinated, however, I still worry.

8/1/2007 6:21:57 AM

Not a problem in the UK!!!

8/1/2007 5:51:42 AM

My horses were initially given the vaccination and booster. They're now vaccinated yearly.

8/1/2007 1:30:31 AM

All get two vaccinations, one spring, one fall, I buy 10ds vials, SAFE, NOT SORRY!

8/1/2007 1:29:16 AM

three years of vaccination no sign of west nile so vets suggested not to this year

8/1/2007 12:24:25 AM

Live 10 min away from vet college

8/1/2007 12:07:06 AM

repellant use, no standing water

7/31/2007 11:56:29 PM

Even though vacc. I had a pony come down w/WNV 4 years ago, no one is safe

7/31/2007 10:44:19 PM

We vaccinate every year because there are cases of West Nile Virus every year in my county

7/31/2007 10:35:00 PM

I know it's not 100% sure, but I want to do what I can.

7/31/2007 10:28:49 PM

I always make sure my horses are up to date with what our vet is recommending

7/31/2007 10:20:35 PM

Horses vaccinated, but I might not recognize symptoms right away

7/31/2007 10:14:52 PM

WNV is prevelant in our area, vet suggested more than just a semi annual booster

7/31/2007 9:33:00 PM

We don't want West Nile Virus!

7/31/2007 9:30:25 PM

I vaccinate my horses in the spring and fall.

7/31/2007 9:23:24 PM

Not in Australia

7/31/2007 9:14:27 PM

i am a firm believer of vaccinations!

7/31/2007 8:50:39 PM

My 26 year old mare passed away two years ago from west nile so my mare now is vacinated!

7/31/2007 8:44:43 PM

Mine will be due for a booster in the middle of August 2007

7/31/2007 8:30:48 PM

we have no mosquitoes due to swallows and bats on the property natural ecosystem

7/31/2007 8:30:38 PM

All the horse deaths in our area have been from those not completely vaccinated.

7/31/2007 8:23:48 PM

If a vaccination can prevent a disease, innoculate for it.

7/31/2007 8:22:22 PM

Horses are not out in early morning or evening. Insect repelent, fly sheets and masks when out.

7/31/2007 8:20:36 PM

I would rather be safe than sorry!

7/31/2007 8:20:21 PM

In CA it is recommended to vaccinate every 6 months, so I do.

7/31/2007 8:19:07 PM

We are vaccinated any my barn manager has taken steps against mosquito breeding

7/31/2007 8:17:01 PM

I asked my vet about WNV in my area and he said that vaccination wasn't necesary this year.

7/31/2007 7:47:59 PM

They live in Minnesota, with over 10,000 lakes and ponds, You bet they're vaccinated

7/31/2007 7:41:46 PM

I vacinate every 6 months

7/31/2007 7:40:14 PM

need to get her a booster for this year

7/31/2007 7:37:55 PM

Why wouldn't you want to protect your horses if you can?

7/31/2007 7:19:37 PM

plus here in Weatherford, TX is a vet witha 100% success cure rate-lucky for us!

7/31/2007 7:11:00 PM

Vaccinate regularly 2x per year.

7/31/2007 7:05:01 PM

I chose not to vaccinate but am prepared with $ and treatment options if one does contract it.

7/31/2007 6:59:23 PM

vaccinated twice a year

7/31/2007 6:59:23 PM

my horses are vaccinated but vaccination is never 100% protection, so are you ever really prepared?

7/31/2007 6:52:42 PM

Vaccinating is cheap insurance against a disease that is almost always fatal to horses.

7/31/2007 6:42:39 PM

I also understand that it is not a 100% foolproof, but certainly better than nothing

7/31/2007 6:30:53 PM

i vaccinate but still am concerned. neighbor has a (clean) pond but i still worry.

7/31/2007 6:28:47 PM

I follow a strict calendar of necessary vaccines and dewormers.

7/31/2007 6:27:45 PM

a friend chose to not vaccinate and lost the mare at 10 yrs

7/31/2007 6:09:42 PM

every year

7/31/2007 6:09:25 PM

My vet keeps super records and keep my horses updated on all vaccines.

7/31/2007 6:09:08 PM

I am fully vaccinated at my barn.....and am fortunate to have 2 very knowledgeable Horse vets to hel

7/31/2007 6:06:08 PM

1 wnv horse so far this year - last night mosquito vector control spraying started

7/31/2007 6:00:09 PM

I have even vaccinated my horses with PreveNile which I found out about from you!

7/31/2007 5:56:52 PM

Will treat holistically

7/31/2007 5:44:34 PM

You would be foolish not to vx your horses for wnv!

7/31/2007 5:37:03 PM

I got the experimental vacine in 2001 too

7/31/2007 5:36:44 PM

ive heard that the vaccines arent really effective

7/31/2007 5:35:39 PM

historically there's a larger chance for colic

7/31/2007 5:26:16 PM

Florida is prime mosquito territory!!

7/31/2007 5:25:25 PM

as I live in Europe (Holland) there is no risk yet at wnv!

7/31/2007 5:22:38 PM

all 4 are also protected with Equi-spot from flies,ticks & mosquitoes

7/31/2007 5:21:12 PM

So far, no WN cases in my area, but I still vacccinate.

7/31/2007 5:00:16 PM

I also eliminate sources of standing, fetid water and add garlic powder to feed to control mosquitos

7/31/2007 4:59:24 PM

I just purchased a stallion from one dealer and a mare from another however I have set up an app't t

7/31/2007 1:26:57 PM