Is Your Horse Unprotected? Be Aware of Core Equine Disease Risks

Horses that don’t receive annual vaccinations against the five core equine diseases could be facing serious illness or even death.
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Horses that don’t receive annual vaccinations against the five core equine diseases could be facing serious illness or even death. | Photo: Erica Larson/The Horse
You love your horse like a family member; however, he could be facing serious disease risks that you might have inadvertently overlooked. And those diseases could cost him his life.

The threat of deadly diseases like rabies and West Nile is closer than you might think. Don’t leave your horse exposed—help protect him through annual vaccinations against the five core diseases: rabies, Eastern and Western equine encephalomyelitis (EEE and WEE), tetanus, and West Nile virus.

“A horse that is alone out in the pasture can still get rabies, can still get tetanus, can still get West Nile, and can still get Eastern and Western ,” said Bonnie R. Rush, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, interim dean at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in Manhattan. “It’s important for horse owners to understand the consequences of not vaccinating their horse for these diseases

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