With the outbreaks of Equine Influenza in vaccinated horses across the UK during the last few weeks, we offer some tips and advice. Although the current outbreaks seem to be within the racing industry and has not been seen in Cornwall, it is still worth being vigilant.
The British Equestrian Federation has recommended that if your horse is already vaccinated but hasn’t received a booster vaccine within the past 6 months, you should get them vaccinated as soon as possible.
All horses whose vaccines have lapsed, or who may have not previously been vaccinated, should start the vaccine course as soon as possible.
Although vaccinated horses have been affected, it is vital that this information is not misinterpreted as evidence that the vaccines do not work. Horses vaccinated against equine influenza tend to show mild clinical signs, and horses given a booster vaccine more than 6 months ago may be more susceptible to infection.
Signs can include:
- High temperature
- Nasal discharge
- Enlarged glands (under the lower jaw)
- Loss of appetite
- Filling of the lower limbs
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