Post Number: 1
|Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 05:27 pm: ||
I have an APHA 17 year old mare that I acquired about a year ago that I am thinking about breeding this May. The previous owners never had her vaccinated for West Nile and my vet is telling me that it should be done.
I was thinking of getting her vaccinated for the West Nile virus this April so all her shots would be done before she went in for breeding. However, I have done research and it appears that there are allegations that the vaccine has caused mare abortions and deformed foals.
I know that this has not been proved definitively but I wonder what risks, if any, there would be to the pregnancy if she had the shots before she went into breeding.
She has had over a dozen foals with no complications with any of them, so I really hate to mess with what is working. However, a couple of years ago, we did get the West Nile virus out here pretty bad and since there are several bodies of water near where I live, it seems risky to just let her go without a vaccination.
So I am in quite the quandry! I want to make sure she is healthy and has a healthy baby too! How risky is it to the pregnancy to get the vaccination so close to her breeding?
Post Number: 105
|Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 06:09 pm: ||
We vaccinate all our mares for west nile and have never had a problem with pregnancies or foaling healthy foals.
Post Number: 166
|Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 09:16 pm: ||
I vaccinate everything for west nile.
Post Number: 53
|Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - 10:41 am: ||
My mare was fully vaccinated, including west nile, during her pregnancy and there weren't any problems. She delivered nice healthy foal last week.
Post Number: 73
|Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 05:14 pm: ||
We have been vaccinating our pregnant mares for WNV for at least 4 years now, never any problems you could attribute to the vaccine.
Your mare won't be any good to you if she dies of WNV.