Rabies Reasonings

If you do not vaccinate your horse for rabies, why do you choose not to?

Cost of vaccine
Rabies is not a threat to my horse
My veterinarian says vaccinating for rabies is unnecessary
My horse is stalled and not exposed to wildlife
Other (please explain below)

Total votes cast: 286

Comments & Write-in Answers

I just dont feel that it is as "needed" as other vaccines. 39 years of horses, not one rabies case!

9/14/2009 8:57:24 PM

Worry abobut vaccinosis & health/temperament changes than can occur

9/14/2009 7:17:01 PM

I have know several horses that had severe allergic reactions to Rabies vaccine.

9/14/2009 4:40:18 PM

severe allergic reaction

9/14/2009 4:16:44 PM

Never was advised by vet until now. In Nor CA the need was low, but vet says now we should.

9/14/2009 3:56:44 PM

I use homeopathic nosodes instead of injected vaccines

9/14/2009 1:36:17 PM

Every year vaccination is most likely overkill but studies have not been done past 1 year

9/14/2009 1:26:20 PM

There is little wild life where my horse is kept and so I don't see the need for it.

9/13/2009 5:35:57 PM

can't order vaccine into my state(Georgia)

9/13/2009 2:57:38 PM

Have 12 horses

9/13/2009 2:33:48 PM

my horse is too precious to NOT vaccinate him for Rabies

9/13/2009 1:28:14 PM

Horse coliced two years in a row after vaccine

9/12/2009 10:34:57 PM

incidencein our area is low, do not want to overload horse with too many vaccines

9/12/2009 9:09:57 PM

It is not prudent to NOT vacinate your horse for rabies!

9/12/2009 8:18:20 PM

The last verified rabies case in my large county was a dog in 1947.

9/12/2009 5:44:14 PM

I live in Hawaii. We do not have rabies.

9/12/2009 4:39:20 PM

don't vaccinate annually; my horse has sufficient antibodies to vaccinate every 2 yrs + bad reaction

9/12/2009 3:18:24 PM

My vet has never recommended it.

9/12/2009 1:00:42 PM

kept hoof bandge ontoo long

9/12/2009 12:30:19 PM

Free money for the vet & pharmaceutical industry

9/12/2009 10:39:07 AM

Not needed in our area so why give it. Horses already get so many vaccines why give another

9/11/2009 8:04:23 PM

I live in a country(Ireland) where there has never been a reported case of rabies

9/11/2009 6:27:55 PM

My horses have all had anaphylactic reactions to the vaccine

9/11/2009 4:32:41 PM

i couldn't imagine not using a proven vaccine against such a devastating disease

9/11/2009 4:25:08 PM

I also refuse because in Kansas a vet has to administer shot. I used to always vaccinate my dogs OK

9/11/2009 12:28:34 PM

my horse colicked badly with the last rabies vaccination so it is not worth the risk

9/11/2009 10:01:47 AM

I do vaccinate for Rabies

9/10/2009 10:27:31 PM

No rabies in my state

9/10/2009 10:18:30 PM

horse had a reaction to the vaccine

9/10/2009 9:03:17 PM

Rabies is not to common in the west, last case of rabies was 60 yrs ago in domestic animals

9/10/2009 5:43:39 PM

I always vaccinate for rabies

9/10/2009 4:36:06 PM

I vaccinate when vet recommends it. or rabies case has been found within the area

9/10/2009 4:23:47 PM

I vaccinate every few years for rabies

9/10/2009 2:45:26 PM

Threat is possible but minimal

9/10/2009 1:22:01 PM

custom bit and bridle

9/10/2009 10:48:08 AM

Because it is VERY expensive thru the vet. So I only do the vaccines I can do myself.

9/10/2009 9:02:57 AM

allergic reaction to vaccine

9/10/2009 1:14:30 AM

Only vets can purchase rabies vaccine in Arkansas & I don't have access to a vet

9/10/2009 1:07:57 AM

Rabies is not prevelant in this area

9/10/2009 12:58:58 AM

Thankfully, rabies is not a problem in Australia.

9/10/2009 12:18:07 AM

Vaccines are not harmless. You must always consider the risk in any vaccine program.

9/9/2009 11:29:34 PM

NOt a threat in my area and I also don't belive in vaccines.

9/9/2009 10:05:17 PM

I would by it at the farm store and give it myself if it was available

9/9/2009 8:59:25 PM

If titers are still high I do not revaccinate.

9/9/2009 6:48:24 PM

My vet says we only have rabies in bats here is Idaho so horses aren't exposed.

9/9/2009 5:55:21 PM

I definitely vaccinate for rabies

9/9/2009 3:50:54 PM

I don't feel it's necessary to revaccinate every year - I do every three years.

9/9/2009 3:01:52 PM

Every 3 years. Cancer linked to vaccine in dogs. Mine included.

9/9/2009 2:12:41 PM

Rabies hasn't been a threat in my immediate area; my vet HAS encouraged vaccination anyway

9/9/2009 12:56:35 PM

My horses don't travel out of the area, and rabies is uncommon here.

9/9/2009 11:57:22 AM

I would but, the cost of the vet coming all the way to my house to give me an overpriced shot.

9/9/2009 11:33:22 AM

founders when vaccinated

9/9/2009 10:49:34 AM

life threatening allergic reaction to vaccine

9/9/2009 10:31:12 AM

I like to do my own vaccines. In order to vaccinate for rabies, I have to take him to the Vet.

9/9/2009 9:03:41 AM

my horse colicked after receiving the vx.broke out in softball size hives and colicked. not good!

9/9/2009 9:00:44 AM

Rabies is not yet endemic in the UK - the vaccine is not part of the normal programme

9/9/2009 8:28:08 AM

Usually vaccinate with 3 diffferent vaccines at one time as it is and don't want to put yet another

9/9/2009 7:31:38 AM

my horses have all been vaccinated - not annually - fear of autoimmune disorder

9/9/2009 6:30:58 AM

I asked my Vet when he vaccinated my horses this year about the Rabies vaccination, this was his ans

9/9/2009 1:17:34 AM

there has been no rabies in this state for over 25 yrs

9/9/2009 12:44:46 AM

I live in the NW, where rabies is not endemic as it is in other parts of the US

9/9/2009 12:44:25 AM

Rabies is not a threat in Alberta

9/9/2009 12:41:50 AM

We don't have a rabies issue in our area

9/9/2009 12:38:58 AM

bad reactions

9/8/2009 10:37:41 PM

Being out of work I can not care for my horses the wat I want to.

9/8/2009 10:28:27 PM

Rabies is a very low threat in my area plus my horses are stalled.

9/8/2009 10:27:48 PM

adverse reactions in 2 of my 5 horses

9/8/2009 9:51:37 PM

no known cases here in west Australia so no need to vaccinate for rabies.

9/8/2009 9:35:17 PM

my current horse (and others I have owned) have had allergic reactions to the vaccine

9/8/2009 9:34:18 PM

my vet says rabies shots cause more trouble than not

9/8/2009 9:17:06 PM

cannot purchase vaccine anymore

9/8/2009 9:03:19 PM

Was surprised how many don't vaccinate for rabies! Humans can get it too so take care of your horse!

9/8/2009 8:58:25 PM

This is the only vaccine I've seen multiple different side reactions to.

9/8/2009 8:52:04 PM

Vaccine reactions - in my experience the vaccine is more dangerous than the risk of the disease.

9/8/2009 8:24:09 PM

There is no excuse not to vaccinate!!!

9/8/2009 8:09:14 PM

Extremely low incidence of rabies in horses in my state (Illinois)

9/8/2009 7:27:51 PM

rabies not endemic in my area

9/8/2009 7:12:15 PM

This sounds like some vaccine manufacturer looking to expand business.

9/8/2009 6:54:13 PM

Low risk in my area, fear of reaction, cost since I would have a vet do this one.

9/8/2009 6:47:58 PM

All get the rabies vaccine except the 3 IR ponies who receive titers each year, then booster/needed

9/8/2009 6:33:51 PM

I'm vaccinating every 2-3 years because my horses have a severe reaction to annual Rabies vaccinatio

9/8/2009 6:11:04 PM

First antirabies vaccination caused severe reaction in my horse--will never do it again!

9/8/2009 6:10:58 PM

We don't have a rabies threat where we are. If we did, I would vaccinate.

9/8/2009 5:41:04 PM

Vet says not really an issue where we live, he doesn't even give it to his horses.

9/8/2009 5:29:17 PM

Not a common disease for California Equines

9/8/2009 5:24:40 PM

It is rare in our area and my veterinarian does not actively promote it.

9/8/2009 5:06:59 PM

don't believe vaccines to be effective

9/8/2009 5:02:11 PM

the rabies vaccine in equines, like in other species, is good for more than one year - i use titers

9/8/2009 4:53:15 PM

Rabies in horses is very uncommon. I keep track of rabies cases near my home

9/8/2009 4:44:31 PM

I have 4 appys that have eye issues and any vaccine seems to exerbate the problem of blindness.

9/8/2009 4:34:50 PM

I do titers for rabies and my horses were extremely high.

9/8/2009 4:24:02 PM

for 1 of our horses, we skip every other year because the horse has an adverse reaction

9/8/2009 4:21:42 PM

0 rabies cases in the past 25 years in my area. If I start to travel, I will vaccinate at that time.

9/8/2009 4:05:19 PM

Never before heard of vaccinating horses for rabies

9/8/2009 4:03:12 PM

My vet told me that it is necessary every other year

9/8/2009 3:49:53 PM

I would if I could administer myself as I do with all other vaccinations.

9/8/2009 3:47:38 PM

We do every other year just because. Vet will take our money but no one around here is hip on it.

9/8/2009 3:41:50 PM

not a big area for Rabies here

9/8/2009 3:39:34 PM

I give my own vaccines and it's against the law to get rabies here in wa

9/8/2009 3:34:37 PM

I try to vaccinate as little as possible, and the occurrence of rabies in my area is less than 1%.

9/8/2009 3:31:04 PM

No none cases in my part of Dallas County, AL

9/8/2009 3:29:46 PM

The vet recommends against it in my area, not in general

9/8/2009 3:14:24 PM

horse has adverse reaction to vaccine

9/8/2009 3:04:10 PM

Titers taken and vacinate only if low

9/8/2009 2:47:28 PM