Horse Owner's Fear:
West Nile Virus

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