Last year I used Vetera with west nile and EWT. Year before
I used Pinacle (no problems). This year I am trying to decide
between Vetera combination same as last year and the
Merial Recombitek with the same west nile and EWT
combination. The Vetera is more expensive but a known
experience. The Recombitek is ~$65 less per 10 horses but
I have not used that before. Any words of advice? Yes, I
do have around 30 horses to vaccinate so it isn't just a dollar
or two. Oh, I have used Merial's Encevac-T in the past with
no problems; its mainly the west nile vaccine that would be
new to my herd.
OK, I just went down this path. The numbers I crunched this year convinced me to purchase: Pfizer West Nile Innovator + VEWT and Fluvac Innovator EHV- 4/1. Then I'll add a rabies vaccine. The first two, at the ten dose pricing, worked out to $40.59/head from Valley Vet, plus shipping.
We need to cover VEE in AZ. So that gives me coverage on West Nile, 3 types of sleeping sickness, tetanus, rhino and flu. They have a two way sleeping sickness version that works in most areas and is slightly less.
I looked at the Vetera but this combo was more cost effective.
THank you, Flagstaff, for your input. I have had bad luck
with Fort Dodge products causing significant horse
discomfort in the past so won't use their product. Since
Pfizer bought Fort Dodge recently, I am giving their
products wide berth for now as well. So it is either
Merial, Schering-Plough or Boehringer for me this year.
I do have one advantage; I don't need VEE and rhino
and flu are of minimal importance since my herd does
not get out much.