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- Consider your horse’s risk factors. This could include his age, geographic location, and other horses he is exposed to.
- Determine how serious the targeted disease is if contracted. Could your horse die or spread it you or your other pets?
- Utilize a veterinarian. If an allergic reaction occurred, the vet would be able to respond quickly before tragedy hits. The professional would also ensure the vaccine was stored properly and not expired.
- Keep detailed records to know when the vaccination was given and how often it needs to be done.
- Follow up with boosters and vaccines that require multiple doses.
- Talk to your veterinarian about your foal and when to get him started on a program. This might also include prevention that starts with the mare.
- Watch your horse closely for a few days following the administration. Side effects can include body aches, slight fever, swelling at the injection sight, and more severe reactions like infections.