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If you knew rabies had been found in wildlife in your area, would you vaccinate your horse for it?

I already vaccinate for rabies annually
79%
806
I don't currently vaccinate, but I would if I knew this
17%
168
I still wouldn't vaccinate for rabies
4%
44

Total votes cast: 1018

Comments & Write-in Answers

mu state doesn´t have rabies

9/13/2010 10:05:55 PM

Yes I do understand many wild fox and coyotes are rabid si I do vaccinate.

9/13/2010 5:40:25 PM

Rabies is a real problem in this area; better safe than sorry.

9/13/2010 3:35:42 PM

develop a strong immune system instead try to avoid all the drugs

9/13/2010 3:21:15 PM

Rabies is occasionally found in our area so all my hroses, dogs and cats are vaccinated

9/13/2010 1:52:09 PM

have vaccinated for rabies for over 20 years

9/13/2010 10:27:52 AM

So far no problem in NW Phoenix area, however rabies was found yrs ago in the SE valley

9/12/2010 12:23:02 PM

I know in a horse in my area actually died because of rabies many years ago in my area.

9/11/2010 11:42:46 PM

An oz of prevention is worth a lb of cure

9/11/2010 10:10:27 PM

Used to yrly. vaccinate in MI, but vets here in KY don't recommend it.

9/11/2010 4:07:22 PM

I never go without this vaccination. it's way to risky!!!

9/11/2010 2:53:57 PM

My Vet keeps telling me it is not necessary, same with my daughter horses. I disagree.

9/11/2010 12:33:47 AM

this is part of yearly vaccination

9/10/2010 9:36:28 PM

With all the wildlife around, it's not worth risking an unintended encounter causing big problems.

9/10/2010 4:39:27 PM

Why would you take a chance and not vaccinate...

9/10/2010 4:30:33 PM

Ever since my uncle's horse died of rabies, I have vaccinated all my horses annually.

9/10/2010 3:06:42 PM

racoons locally have been found to have rabies. My vet recommended I vaccinate for rabies - so I did

9/10/2010 2:44:31 PM

I dicided to vaccinate for rabies this year for the first time, when I read that Rabies is becoming

9/10/2010 1:56:27 PM

Extremely stupid and selfish to NOT vaccinate for rabies!!

9/10/2010 1:00:15 PM

Too many adverse reactions...bad outbreak, might reconsider.

9/10/2010 11:37:06 AM

Vaccinate every year

9/10/2010 1:50:38 AM

Vaccination is necessary when horses are turned out nearly 24/7

9/10/2010 12:30:23 AM

I don't vaccinate yearly because I test titers and they remain high for many years.

9/9/2010 10:52:47 PM

I vaccinate because it is zoonotic

9/9/2010 10:31:42 PM

I believe annual vaccination is the law in my state

9/9/2010 3:19:06 PM

Most Definitely!

9/9/2010 1:54:11 PM

Rabied horse is no pretty site, vaccinate!

9/9/2010 1:00:30 PM

We try to limit the vet visits to once a year except for emergencies.

9/9/2010 12:27:05 PM

I vaccinate as I do with my cats.

9/9/2010 9:33:34 AM

In Alaska I did not Vaccinate for Rabies but since Rabies was found in a Horse in CO, I do now.

9/9/2010 9:13:10 AM

When lived in another part of country, vet recommended and we did.

9/9/2010 9:08:28 AM

Rabies is a horrible way to die. Not protecting your horses from it is abuse!

9/8/2010 11:43:08 PM

absolutely! Have to proactive in safeguarding our cherished friends from unnecessary harm

9/8/2010 10:53:49 PM

My horses are turned out 24/7 with access to their stalls. There is much wildlife thru our pasture.

9/8/2010 10:11:02 PM

We have had rabid bats oin our area, so yes we vaccinate.

9/8/2010 9:55:45 PM

Rabies is fatal for humans and animals. I won't take that chance!

9/8/2010 8:16:55 PM

My mares are precious to me, so I vaccinate. Their lives are worth me to me than the few dollars.

9/8/2010 5:41:34 PM

There have been too many adverse reactions to the vaccine, I won't take the risk of vaccinating.

9/8/2010 5:25:46 PM

I would be especially diligent to vaccinate if aware of a wildlife outbreak of rabies.

9/8/2010 4:21:02 PM

I would vaccinate my dogs and cats, but not my horse.

9/8/2010 3:27:42 PM

NEED ANOTHER CHOICE! I run titers. Vac. is indicated every 3-5 years

9/8/2010 3:11:46 PM

too many cases of carcinoma appearing after a rabies injection in dogs

9/8/2010 2:58:51 PM

To not vaccinate putd the handlers at risk!

9/8/2010 12:37:01 PM

Do vaccinate for rabies annually, there were conformed cases here in Mich this year in horses

9/8/2010 12:31:41 PM

Really dumb not too.

9/8/2010 11:51:19 AM

I want to be safe because rabies are fatal

9/8/2010 11:01:54 AM

vaccinations are a VERY small price to pay to save the life of the loves of my life!

9/8/2010 10:05:48 AM

Rabies has a 100% fatality rate... everyone should vaccinate.

9/8/2010 9:23:27 AM

Rabies has been found in my area and I have vaccinated against it for quite a few years now (central

9/8/2010 9:02:47 AM

I vaccinate for rabies on the recommendation of my Vet.

9/8/2010 8:59:35 AM

out of over 3m horses only 30+ get rabies, I would vaccinate only if it was in the local wildlife.

9/8/2010 8:45:38 AM

rabies is big in our region, we vaccinate every horse every year at considerable expense

9/8/2010 7:44:33 AM

It's stupid not to.

9/8/2010 7:14:27 AM

my horses are in a small paddock with minimal exxposure to wildlife so rabies is not a big threat

9/8/2010 2:32:54 AM

Already vaccinate. It's not just wildlife that can spread it - unvaccinated pets can, too!

9/8/2010 12:26:52 AM

Our area is endemic for rabies, always vaccinate.

9/8/2010 12:23:31 AM

I wish a titer could be an indicator to vaccinate or not

9/7/2010 11:55:22 PM

Are you kidding? Who'd take a chance with rabies?

9/7/2010 11:03:41 PM

We had 7 cases in 6 weeks at our clinic.. all of my animals horses included immediately

9/7/2010 10:56:14 PM

rabies is ALWAYS FATAL. Just do it, vaccinate.

9/7/2010 10:56:12 PM

I don't ride in the wild, primarily rodeos so I am not concerned about wildlife getting my horse.

9/7/2010 10:54:49 PM

My horse is outside, so I already vaccinate.

9/7/2010 10:07:00 PM

rabies is endemic in Ontario, so we always vaccinate all our animals against it.

9/7/2010 10:03:55 PM

I've seen a horse with rabies and it was awful. After seeing that it should be required everywhere

9/7/2010 10:01:45 PM

Cheap insurance against fatality.

9/7/2010 9:53:29 PM

If you don't then I guess you don't care much for your horse

9/7/2010 9:50:44 PM

My Vet & I were both treated for exposure to a rabid horse last yr. Our office HIGHLY recommends vac

9/7/2010 9:49:12 PM

Horses are in at night, out only a limited hours, perimeter fencing and they run from everything!

9/7/2010 9:44:34 PM

I insist all my boarders are vaccinated for rabies if nothing else!

9/7/2010 9:23:51 PM

recommendation from my veterinarian.

9/7/2010 9:22:32 PM

My area occasionally has problems with rabid bats so I vaccinated my horse whenever one was found.

9/7/2010 9:21:05 PM

I have only vaccinated when there have been cases of rabies, otherwise, I don't

9/7/2010 9:16:10 PM

And if I didn't, I would.

9/7/2010 9:05:03 PM

Regular vaccination, too many rabies cases in the South!

9/7/2010 9:04:37 PM

We have horses in town, town people stick fingers in mouths.

9/7/2010 9:00:39 PM

We do have rabies here.. see it nearly every day in fox and other critters. All 30 minis are vax.

9/7/2010 8:58:37 PM

Rabis is endemic in Florida. Rabis is deadly to humans. No brainer.

9/7/2010 8:55:41 PM

In Texas is normal to vaccinate for rabies in equids

9/7/2010 8:36:51 PM

Rabies can kill humans, and it helps to eliminate it as a cause for neurologic disease

9/7/2010 8:36:15 PM

The chances of my horses being bit by a rabid critter are slim to none..I don't believe in vaccines

9/7/2010 8:28:06 PM

rabies is a mandatory shot in my province, Ontario

9/7/2010 8:24:19 PM

There doesn't need to be direct contact with a rabid animal to get rabies. Exposure to saliva will.

9/7/2010 8:16:36 PM

One of my horses was bitten on the nose by a skunk which turned out to be rabid. I boostered the rab

9/7/2010 7:56:58 PM

I would run titers on my horses blood to determine their immunity to rabies

9/7/2010 7:27:20 PM

It's pretty much a no-brainer since there's no cure and you risk killing you and your vet!

9/7/2010 7:18:03 PM

It is a state law in CT

9/7/2010 6:59:42 PM

I live in a rural area, rabies is common in summer/fall it is a cheap precation to the alternative.

9/7/2010 6:58:28 PM

DUH!

9/7/2010 6:36:04 PM

Don't take any chances with my guys

9/7/2010 6:31:06 PM

We recently had a fox trying to jump up and bite two of our TWHs (already vaccinated) on the nose.)

9/7/2010 6:30:56 PM

my vet says there's no need, but if rabies was found in the area, I'm sure that would change

9/7/2010 6:21:09 PM

If i don't vacc. for anything else every animal gets a rabies shot

9/7/2010 6:15:52 PM

my horse stays in the stable unless being worked

9/7/2010 6:02:01 PM

When I was a kid, our mare came down with Rabies in 1986. It was horrible to say the least.

9/7/2010 5:50:30 PM

The cost of a vaccine is far less than the results of the disease.

9/7/2010 5:48:04 PM

Rabies is one desease transmittable from horses to humans, a no brainer as far as I am concerned.

9/7/2010 5:44:14 PM

I can't buy rabies vaccine only vets can get it so I don't give rabies shots.

9/7/2010 5:43:47 PM

NM now proh9bits sale of rabies to ranchers only vets too much

9/7/2010 5:28:55 PM

There's something about always fatal.....

9/7/2010 5:26:16 PM

For $12 bucks it makes no sense not to vaccinate

9/7/2010 5:21:46 PM

We have cyotes, fox, raccon's, etc., everywhere; it would be irresponsible to not vaccinate!!

9/7/2010 5:17:54 PM

Mine are vaccinated. I wouldn't take a chance of them being infected with such a horrible outcome.

9/7/2010 5:17:31 PM

I asked my vet about this and he said there was no need to vaccinate her.

9/7/2010 5:15:09 PM

I follow my vet's advice on rabies, but I would have him vaccinate in this circumstance

9/7/2010 5:06:27 PM

Rabid critters can turn up anywhere, rural or urban. It's fatal, but preventable.

9/7/2010 5:00:58 PM

My horse had very serious reaction to rabies vaccine so he will never receive another.

9/7/2010 4:56:23 PM

There is no cure for rabies in mammals; vaccinating annually is a total no-brainer.

9/7/2010 4:48:20 PM

This is a no-brainer. Why take the risk?

9/7/2010 4:46:30 PM

I already vaccinate, I don't want to risk it!

9/7/2010 4:42:50 PM

My vet recommends rabies vaccine only if it were to become a problem in Montana...

9/7/2010 4:42:00 PM

Live in UK, no rabies here generally

9/7/2010 4:38:36 PM

Rabies is in the wild animal population in Virginia, so anyone with any sense vaccinates for rabies.

9/7/2010 4:38:35 PM

horse has bad reactions to vaccine so only vaccinate those who don't react

9/7/2010 4:37:04 PM

I have been vaccinating my horses for rabies for more than ten years. It is not a law "yet" in Tenn

9/7/2010 4:36:31 PM

Rabies can be deadly - vacinate!!!

9/7/2010 4:23:12 PM

I vaccinated annually in the past but I hear rabies is rare. Should I vaccinate or not?

9/7/2010 4:22:59 PM

I live in rural WI and I would rather be safe than sorry. There are all kinds of critters out there

9/7/2010 4:16:00 PM

I would if recommended to by my Vet.

9/7/2010 4:15:52 PM

Yes, but not annually

9/7/2010 4:10:11 PM

Rabies is now a core vaccine. Would be crazy not to vaccinate against it!!

9/7/2010 4:01:06 PM

For the low cost od a vaccine why not protect your horse.

9/7/2010 4:01:01 PM

I follow my vet's advice -- some years, yes, some years, no.

9/7/2010 3:55:59 PM

every animal, every year, regardless

9/7/2010 3:45:35 PM

s essentially 100% fatality in humans - you need to protect yourself by vacinating your horses.

9/7/2010 3:42:13 PM

I routinely vaccinate for rabies...and it is in our area

9/7/2010 1:43:36 PM

I think it's stupid to take a risk by not vaccinating. there is no cure, only prevention.

9/7/2010 12:21:39 PM

That's why I vaccinate for rabies

9/7/2010 10:43:28 AM