Hi, I have heard numerous different ways on what should done and when it can become over-whelming and you don't know if your doing it right, not enough or too little to late, too much too soon, LOL!! etc.... so I was sort of looking for clarifications on these subjects.
1.)Mare should be vaccinated 30 days before they are due? (can it be roughly since no one knows when they will end up going in the end?)
2.)Can you use a 6-1 flu-vac, prestige or fort dodge for these shots?
3.) You should worm them as well 30 days before foaling? Any particular brand that is not safe for that or any that say safe for pregnant mares?
4.) Probios, Should you give this to foals after foaling? Should you give it to them at all, and if so when would be the best time?
5.) Rejuvande paste, progressive, I have heard some people use this after foaling and are VERy happy with the results they have seen versus not using it. ANY suggestions on this? How often to give, how much, (I think package mentions daily but some people don't give daily as a foal would be on it a long time months...)
6.)Worming foals, I have heard yes, no. I have heard worm 1/2 tubes at 1 month, 2 months, and so on until they are around 9 months and go on regualr worming schedules.
7.) foal shots, at what age? All insights and suggestions are GREATLY appreciated. Thank you, Angela
Yes, you should vaccinate the mare approximately 30 days prior to foaling. Our vet has us give her all her normal yearly boosters at that time - VEWT, Flu/Rhino, and West Nile. Our vet does not recommend a 6-way as it overloads the lymph system. Instead, we give the VEWT on one side of the neck and the other vaccinations on the other. Our vet recommends giving the foals shots at 5 months of age. Vewt plus a booster four weeks later; Flu/Rhine plus a booster four weeks later; West Nile plus a booster four weeks later; and rabies. Your vet may or may not recommend other vaccinations based on your part of the country. We worm our foals beginning at about 6 weeks of age (based on weight). We worm our mares 30 days before foaling and 30 days after. We do not use Probios unless we end up with an unresolving case of diarrhea.
Every veterinarian has different recommendations, but that is what ours recommends. Hope that helps.
All of the above except I worm mares within 12 hours of foaling this tends to help alleviate diarrhea in the foal. I also only give probios when the foals tummy gets upset, I do give Foal Response at birth though as well as an enema. Also consult your vet about Pen and Gen for the foal days 1-3 after birth, we do that, plasma and navel treatment the first few days, (plasma just the first day).
Yes, pre-foaling shots approximately 4 weeks prior to foaling. However, no flu shot. The intranasal flu vaccine is NOT recommended for pregnant mares. Now I'm not going to say there aren't any flu vaccines that are OK, because I don't know, but CHECK. Read the label - the intranasal says that it isn't recommended for use on pregnant mares right on it. I like to deworm about 3 months before foaling so that I can use an ivermectin dewormer the day of foaling to help with foal scours. I have never used probiotics or rejuvenade, so no answers for you there. I start deworming the foal at 7-8 weeks of age, and deworm every 2 months. I usually use ivermectin. As far as foal shots go, ours get a selenium/Vitamin E shot at birth (this is due to the soil in our area, and is not necessarily going to be something you have to worry about), and then they get their vaccines 30-60 days post-weaning.
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