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how often does my horse need her shots and coggins

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how often does my horse need her shots and coggins
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Horse Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Mike replied 8 years ago.

Thanks for the great question. Unfortunately, there is no "one size fits all" answer.

I'd like to ask a few questions so I can answer you more accurately.

How old is the horse?

Is she a breeding animal?

What is the horse's job description (show horse, trail rides, etc)?

What state is the horse located in?

Looking forward to your reply,

Customer: replied 8 years ago.

she is almost 3yrs old. she hasn't been breed yet. She is being used for ranch work. she is located in oklahoma

Expert:  Dr. Mike replied 8 years ago.
Thanks for the information.

Oklahoma requires horses going to shows, fairs, rodeos, etc. have a negative Coggins test within the previous 12 months. If she goes to surrounding states, she'll need to follow that state's time-frame, in addition to needing a health certificate.

For vaccines with a solid year-long duration of effect (rabies, Eastern encephalitis, West Nile), once yearly vaccination is adequate, assuming all initial boosters have been administered.

Influenza and herpes virus vaccines have a peak protection period only 3 - 4 months long, so boosters need to be done more frequently if you choose to vaccinate for those.

Strangles vaccines are usually given twice per year.

Your local veterinarian will be the best source of more specific recommendations, as they'll be familiar with local conditions and disease incidences.

Hope this is helpful,

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