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Spring Vaccinations

March 7, 2018




It's that time of year again to schedule your spring vaccinations. Please call the office at 401-766-6578 to schedule your appointment.   


Remember you can save a farm call by hauling your horse into our new hospital for appointments.  We are giving away a free tube of Banamine paste to the first 50 clients who schedule an in hospital appointment.


We will also be offering Saturday vaccine and wellness appointments in hospital with Dr. Kate Echeverria on select dates. The first set of Saturday dates are March 31, April 7, April 21, and April 28.   Please call the office to schedule.


We also have some new information on vaccination and NSAID administration. See below.


Vaccination and NSAID Administration


We have reviewed the literature in equine and human medicine on the role non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have in the immune system at the time of vaccination.   Examples of NSAIDs used in horses include: Banamine (flunixin meglumine), bute (phenylbutazone) and Equioxx (firocoxib).  There is some evidence that NSAIDs can blunt the immune response.  Based on this we are making the following recommendations.  

Horses that are slightly dull or mildly muscle sore post-vaccination are most likely experiencing an appropriate immune reaction and we do not recommend NSAIDs for these horses.   Ideally, we recommend a horse have 24-48 hours off from intensive work after vaccination.  Hacking or light work is fine, and may even help decrease mild muscle soreness.

We do recommend administration of an NSAID at time of vaccination for horses with known vaccine reactions (hives, mild colic, mild fever or severe muscle soreness).  Please speak to one of our veterinarians prior to your appointment to make a patient specific plan. 

While no controlled studies have been performed, horses administered long term or daily NSAIDs such as equioxx (fibrocoxib) or bute (phenylbutazone) are probably at a greater risk for a decreased immune response Studies in humans suggest that this might be the case.  We are recommending that horses on chronic NSAIDs be removed from the NSAIDs 3 days prior to vaccination and for 4 days after vaccination. 

Always feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns!