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2 Rabies Vaccines in Under 6 Months - Repercussions?

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    2 Rabies Vaccines in Under 6 Months - Repercussions?

    My horse was given all spring shots, including rabies, April 1st by my vet. The following week, I moved my horse to a new facility, and let the BO know that my horse was UTD on everything. Yesterday, I recieved a text that BO had given all horses in the barn a rabies vaccination. I was not asked ahead of time, in fact, I thought that only a vet could give a rabies vaccine.

    She apologized and isn't going to charge me for it, but can this negatively affect my horse? Should I keep an eye out for a reaction? My horse seemed fine yesterday afternoon.

    My relationship with the BO is VERY good, and the barn is perfect for my needs.

    #2
    Not to worry.
    In some states, rabies may be administered to livestock by the owner; however, should it come down to a potential exposure, "official" vaccination status is determined by whether it was administered by a licensed DVM.
    (and no, it's not an issue of preserving income for the DVM; it's a public health concern wrt the likelihood the animal was vaccinated properly with a properly handled vaccine.)
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      #3
      Originally posted by Ghazzu View Post
      Not to worry.
      In some states, rabies may be administered to livestock by the owner; however, should it come down to a potential exposure, "official" vaccination status is determined by whether it was administered by a licensed DVM.
      (and no, it's not an issue of preserving income for the DVM; it's a public health concern wrt the likelihood the animal was vaccinated properly with a properly handled vaccine.)
      I agree.

      Rabies is one vaccine that I always have the vet give, even if I can legally purchase it and administer it. I have personally been involved with the chaos that can happen when a horse accidentally bites/breaks the skin of a "trespasser" on the property. In this case, the incident happened on a military base, and the military, in their infinite wisdom (sarcastic!) had decided the horse HAD to be euth'd and necropsied. The only thing that saved the horse and owner from a HUGE bill and heartache was the fact that the horse had it's Rabies administered by a vet.

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        #4
        It's not an issue. Look at it as a booster shot.

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          #5
          No harm done, but officially the vaccine given by the BO doesn't count. I would tell the BO that in the future you do not want her to give your horse any vaccines without your permission. I find it extremely strange that a BO would just go and vaccinate other people's horses without permission... but maybe it's just the done thing and she didn't even think about it?
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            #6
            We are an extremely small facility with just 2 other boarders. I thought it was strange too, but no harm no foul I suppose.

            I have the vet give all my vaccines, although I am comfortable doing it myself. It gives my horse 2 "check-ups" a year, and I have everything on record with the vet. I like my vet to have somewhat of a relationship with me and my horse, so if the crap hits the fan we aren't just that person she saw 2 years ago calling in the middle of the night.

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              #7
              I think on the track horses will get an entire set of vaccines every 3 months. Don't think you have anything to worry about.

              I've been to plenty of barns where all the horses got all their shots at the same time, like it or not, so I don't think this is so far out of the normal. If you're otherwise happy with the care I wouldn't be too upset.

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                #8
                Well, I guess I don't have to worry about Miss Mare getting rabies! Thank you for all of your replies.

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                  #9
                  I would be more annoyed that she did it without consulting me first.
                  "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by SuckerForHorses View Post
                    I would be more annoyed that she did it without consulting me first.
                    This! If anyone ever gave my horse a vaccine or whatever I would absolutely lose it. NO one is allowed to do anything of the sort unless its one of my vets (who I happen to work with and are considered friends). And as mentioned already a rabies vaccine given by anyone other than a licensed vet doesn't count when it comes down to it. Sure your horse is protected but theauthorities don't see it that way.
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by ellevt View Post
                      I think on the track horses will get an entire set of vaccines every 3 months. Don't think you have anything to worry about. .
                      Not in my many years of experience with being at the track have I ever seen this done. Sadly many skip all vaccines unless it is required.
                      "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England

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                        #12
                        Quote Originally Posted by SuckerForHorses View Post
                        I would be more annoyed that she did it without consulting me first.
                        This! If anyone ever gave my horse a vaccine or whatever I would absolutely lose it. NO one is allowed to do anything of the sort unless its one of my vets (who I happen to work with and are considered friends). And as mentioned already a rabies vaccine given by anyone other than a licensed vet doesn't count when it comes down to it. Sure your horse is protected but theauthorities don't see it that way.
                        Well, my horse is UTD on vaccines with the vet anyway. This one doesn't really need to "count." BO only had good intentions. No harm was done. I'm happy with the barn. I work there 4 days a week, see my horse every day, basically have the whole beautiful facility to myself. Tons of grass, nice ring, gorgeous place.

                        BO isn't my trainer and doesn't try to be. She allows me to have an outside trainer.

                        Maybe I'm too laid back, but it's going to take a lot more than this to cause me to "lose it." Unless it affects my horse's health/wellbeing, I'm not overly concerned.

                        However, I will reiterate the fact to the BO that I keep detailed records of all my horse's veterinary needs and will take care of it myself.

                        As of now - I love my BO and barn. I didn't come here to slam BO, and I didn't ask for anyone else to critique her either. I just came on here to make sure that this vaccine given twice in close proximity to each other isn't going to cause a problem.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by ellevt View Post
                          I think on the track horses will get an entire set of vaccines every 3 months. Don't think you have anything to worry about.
                          When I got my horse off the track, I asked the trainer for copies of his rabies and coggins.. he said he didn't have a rabies on the horse, and that many horses on the track don't get rabies shots every year.
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