we have to here after a stangles out break occured here last year. only one horse was affected due to well enforced quarantine on what is a big competiton yard.
The horses don't mind, most are better with the s jab than the pvt
Wouldn't really recommended it.
The reliability of it has been questioned.
ALso can work out very expensive if you have to keep having vet out 3/4 times a year to give it in order to make it effective.
There's also questions about whether the jab makes the horse a carrier.
Also on a yard it's only really effective if every horse has it - which obviously isn't practical at most livery yards.
agree that its efficacy is in doubt if all horses are not jabbed as shown in h and h but it is our policy here so everyone does it, we do it six monthly everyone together so works out ok. liphook and RVC didn't seem to think it made the horse a carrier when I asked, also didn't have an effect on their swabs if an outbreak does occur.
We have to do it as it is part of the overall contract on the yard to protect the owners expensive showjumpers, I was sceptical but have gone along with it and had no ill effects.
YEs - have used it since it was first out - every 6 months for horses from 2 yrs to 30 yrs and no ill effects, no sore noses and no resistence on part of horses to having the jab (including 2 that won't have syringe wormers).
Ounce of prevention worth ton of cure
Yard next to mine had strangles twice, been shut down twice, and had one horse die the last time. They sent out horses competing KNOWING that they had strangles on the yard........
I breed horses but also still compete - I don't want my competition horses bringing strangles back to (fatally) harm my youngsters if there is anything I can do to prevent this horrible (and potentially fatal) disease.
Yep - vaccine might not be perfect - but if you get strangles in the yard then it is too late to vaccinate......
prevention rather than cure - why do people worm without thinking when overuse of wormer is causing problems and then knock others for using this vaccine ?
DONT USE IT - my horse and one other on my yard had bad reactions to it - my horse had a sore lip for approx 6weeks and i couldnt put a bridle on him, he was lethargic and really not looking great as he wasnt eating properly. The other horse on my yard got ulcers on the end of his muzzle about 10d post jab. Having said that, the other 35 horses were fine.
Is it even still available in the UK? I know that in Canada, they have withdrawn the vaccine as it had too many side effects, and didnt prove effective enough (i.e. some horses that were jabbed, then re-exposed to strangles still contracted the infection!!!)