Should My Horses be Vaccinated Against Rabies?



Did you know that we recommend vaccinating your horses annually against rabies? While the incidence of rabies in horses is low, it is invariably fatal and has serious health significance for human handlers. Rabies is a recommended core vaccines for all equids (horses, ponies, donkeys, mules, etc).

Exposure to rabies virus occurs through the bite of an infected (rabid) animal, typically a wildlife animal such as a raccoon, fox, skunk, or bat. Bites to horses are most often on the muzzle, face, and lower limbs. The rabies virus migrates to the brain where it initiates the rapidly progressive and fatal encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). Symptoms of rabies in clude mental dullness, drooling, and stumbling, and they are difficult to differentiate from other more common problems.

Vaccinating your horse against rabies will help your veterinarian diagnose other diseases with neurologic signs by ruling out the possibility of rabies infection. If you have questions about your horse's vaccination needs or would like to set an appointment, please call us at (715) 924-3301.

Posted on October 21, 2012 >> Article Archive