Brand Conscious?

How do you determine which brand of vaccines to give to your horse?

Vet recommendation
Barn manager/trainer recommendation
Online research
Evaluate data on safety, efficacy, and duration of immunity
Availability at my local farm store

Total votes cast: 634

Comments & Write-in Answers

My horses' DVM is a certified equine practitioner and he knows what is needed.

5/3/2010 3:18:57 PM

With 10 horses, price is very important, unfortunately.

5/2/2010 8:09:57 AM

Discussing with Vet, as well as keeping informed through equine health articles.

5/1/2010 12:48:51 PM

I choose the one with the most active anthelmintic ingedient that I am looking for at that time.

5/1/2010 11:23:21 AM

I have found many barn managers require excessive coverage.

5/1/2010 9:12:49 AM

some vaccines cause more reactions than others by observation

4/30/2010 4:41:37 PM

The Vet is the only person to go nere my horses with a needle

4/30/2010 4:10:48 PM

I have found this is not necessarily the best source of information

4/30/2010 3:46:23 PM

There can be a combination of answers here, maybe you should have allowed more than one selection.

4/30/2010 10:44:22 AM

Less is more: I believe for most non-fatal infections natural immunity, fewwer vaccines is best

4/30/2010 12:10:47 AM

And what my mare doesn't have shot reactions to...

4/29/2010 10:43:52 PM

What is available in single doses at my online vet supply. I don't want to buy a 10 dose bottle.

4/29/2010 10:41:28 PM

Been using same particular brands for years, no side effects noted. Shop for best price on them.

4/29/2010 4:04:54 PM

some of my horses have a reaction to the Ft Dodge adjuvent so I don't use it anymore

4/29/2010 11:57:12 AM

Ft Dodge causes reactions in my horse so I use any other brand.

4/29/2010 11:53:33 AM

Vet recommendation is #1, balanced by my research of efficacy and side effect studies

4/29/2010 1:08:28 AM

I have horses allergic to certain brands, so I remind the vet regarding which horse gets what.

4/28/2010 5:10:00 PM

I stay away from Ft Dodge products, more injecton site neck soreness from those vaccines

4/28/2010 4:37:30 PM

West Nile

4/28/2010 4:10:53 PM

Never had a serious reaction to Fort Dodge but have to several other brands.

4/28/2010 12:13:20 PM

I have never had a reaction from a Fort Dodge vaccine. Number one in my book!

4/28/2010 11:30:29 AM

I appreciate and trust the education and experience of my vet.

4/28/2010 10:44:12 AM

I trust my vet; she's very current & well-researched.

4/27/2010 11:52:30 PM

Have used fort Dodge for years with no problems

4/27/2010 8:56:55 PM

I feel my vet knows best.

4/27/2010 8:29:44 PM

What my vet recommends is what I go with. She's a great vet and I trust her opinion.

4/27/2010 8:17:37 PM

My vet takes care of all that.

4/27/2010 8:01:49 PM

I trust my vet to use the best available.

4/27/2010 7:19:21 PM

Fort Dodge is the gold standard for me.

4/27/2010 7:12:50 PM

I like Pfizer & Merial. I do Not like Fort Dodge

4/27/2010 6:01:23 PM

watch for bad reactions,and change brands

4/27/2010 5:38:52 PM

I ONLY vaccinate with homeopathic Nosodes.

4/27/2010 5:05:52 PM

Trust... where it comes from & how it is handled, coming to me.

4/27/2010 4:40:54 PM

Very few shots are given, if any. Given one at a time and avoid combination shots

4/27/2010 4:27:06 PM

price should never be a factor when it comes to your animals basic vaccines

4/27/2010 3:43:59 PM

Half Arab very reactive-I look for adjuvent that does not stimulate big responses

4/27/2010 3:37:16 PM

Have always used Ft. Dodge as my horse has never had a reaction to them.

4/27/2010 3:36:04 PM

I try to avoid Merial, based on prior experience

4/27/2010 3:32:39 PM

After 1 anaphalctic reaction, my vet gives all vaccinations.

4/27/2010 3:26:58 PM

also past experience. one brand always gives an adverse reaction so I don't use it.

4/27/2010 3:25:21 PM

Those choices presume I pay attention to brand; I use what the vet brings, don't know the brands

4/27/2010 3:24:10 PM

I use Intervet products because they have less negative effects such as swelling/stiffness post- vac

4/27/2010 3:24:10 PM

I quit most shots and switched to homeopathic nosodes after a history of bad reactions to shots.

4/27/2010 3:20:36 PM

From Horse Journal which doesn't accept advertising, they do the evaluations

4/27/2010 3:16:03 PM

My vet give the shots twice a year so he is familiar w/ the horses.

4/27/2010 2:49:20 PM

mine get what the vet recommends

4/27/2010 2:49:08 PM

I get advice from health care people in the field.

4/27/2010 2:44:46 PM

I avoid Fort Dodge at all costs - had a horse nearly die from one - and I'm not the only one.

4/27/2010 2:22:42 PM

NO Fort Dodge in MY barn. Too many problems with their vax.

4/27/2010 2:02:32 PM

my vet is most likely to be familiar with the latest pharmaceuticals available for equine use.

4/27/2010 1:04:11 PM

My vet determins what and when to give.

4/27/2010 10:45:20 AM

Vet recommendation, most of the time ;)

4/27/2010 7:40:59 AM