Horse Health

Decide What’s Right for Your Horse

August 2, 2012

A well-planned wellness program can give your horses the care they need, when they need it.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Pfizer Animal Health

It's important to discuss with your veterinarian what vaccination program will fit your horse's lifestyle. David Stoecklein photo, courtesy of Pfizer Animal Health.

While it’s impossible to eliminate emergency situations, a good preventive health care program for your American Quarter Horses can help minimize the risk of life-threatening, costly illnesses. Vaccination, as part of a comprehensive wellness program, is the best way to help prevent these health problems before they can become serious.

For the control of infectious diseases, vaccinations are an integral part of good equine management to help maximize the health, productivity and performance of horses.1 Not only is it important to vaccinate, but administering the right vaccine at the right time to meet the individual needs of your horse is also vital to the success of any wellness program. Individual demands can vary greatly – whether your horse is a well-traveled equine athlete, trail-riding partner or a retired, geriatric horse – so it’s important that you discuss with your veterinarian what vaccination program will fit your horse’s lifestyle.

When deciding on an individual vaccine program, each horse will need to be evaluated individually. The American Association of Equine Practitioners has developed a set of reference guidelines that are helpful in designing a vaccination program customized for your horse. These guidelines, which are divided into two categories, include core vaccines, which nearly every horse should receive, and risk-based vaccines, which their administration depends on certain risk factors. Geographic location, incidence of disease, environment, age, previous medical history and cost of immunization versus potential cost of disease are all factors that need to be taken into consideration.2

With horses, cuts and wounds are inevitable. That’s why you need to download your FREE copy of AQHA’s Horse Wound Care report so that you can take care of your horse at the first sign of an injury.

Horse owners can choose from a full line of safe and effective vaccines for their horses’ disease protection needs from Pfizer Animal Health. Comprehensive equine health and wellness solutions, including vaccines such as FLUVAC INNOVATOR® or WEST NILE-INNOVATOR®, provide demonstrated efficacy and are supported by a team of some of the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the animal health industry.  Our team understands the serious impact of disease on horses. Pfizer Animal Health’s industry-leading U.S. equine vaccine portfolio includes a wide range of vaccines that are trusted by veterinarians and horse owners alike.3

A properly designed vaccination regimen, as part of your comprehensive equine wellness program, may be one of the most important things you can do to help minimize the chance of illness and help your horse live a long and healthy life.

For more information on Pfizer Animal Health’s line of equine vaccines, contact your Pfizer Animal Health representative or call 855-4AH-PFIZER (855-424-7349).

1 American Association of Equine Practitioners. Principles of Vaccination. 2012. Available at: www.aaep.org/principles_vaccination.htm. Accessed July 6, 2012.
2 American Association of Equine Practitioners. Infectious Disease Control. 2012. Available at: www.aaep.org/infectious_control.htm. Accessed July 6, 2012.
3 MDI AHS Study: Q1 2010 through Q1 2012.

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