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Home / NEWS & MEDIA / Core Equine Diseases: More Than Diseases, They Can Be a Death Sentence
By Dr. Kevin Hankins, DVM, MBA, senior technical services veterinarian, Zoetis
The threat of deadly equine diseases like West Nile and rabies is closer than you think. Don’t leave your horse exposed. Help protect him with annual vaccinations against the five core equine diseases:
Horses are continually exposed to wildlife and mosquitoes that transmit core equine diseases. Core vaccinations are recommended for all horses because the diseases are prevalent; highly infectious; have the potential to cause serious disease or death; pose a threat to human health; or are required by law. The core vaccination guidelines were created by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the leading group of equine veterinarians, and are recommend annually as part of overall equine wellness.
Annual core vaccinations help provide protection through immunologic memory, the body’s immune response against an infectious pathogen, which allows the horse’s body to react more quickly after the immune system has been primed with an initial series of vaccines. Vaccines produce immunologic memory; however, circulating vaccine-specific antibodies and immune cells in horses can drop in concentration after a few months. Annual boosters help keep these numbers steady.
Core disease vaccination is the foundation for equine wellness. Be sure to talk with your veterinarian about risk-based vaccinations, deworming and dental care for the total wellness every horse deserves.
About ZoetisZoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products, genetic tests, biodevices and a range of services. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2016, the company generated annual revenue of $4.9 billion with approximately 9,000 employees. For more information, visit www.zoetisUS.com.
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References:1 Reed SM, Bayly WM, Sellon DC. Equine Internal Medicine, 3rd ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co., 2010;630.2 American Association of Equine Practitioners. Vaccination Guidelines. https://aaep.org/guidelines/vaccination-guidelines. Accessed October 18, 2017. 3 MacKay R. Tetanus. In: Sellon DC, Long M, eds. Equine Infectious Diseases, 2nd ed. St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier, 2007:368-372.
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