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Dr. Domoslai on anthrax in 2011

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 12, 2011 07:36

Q:  I found the following notice that begins "The CFIA is urging livestock producers in the Prairie provinces to take the necessary precautions to protect their animals from anthrax this summer........."What is your advice to horse owners?


A:  If you are within 5 miles of a location that has previously had anthrax diagnosed in the past 10 years or are connected by a flood plain or river system that is connected to an area that has anthrax in the past ten years or are planning on competing or riding in an area with anthrax previousley diagnosed  it is highly recommended to vaccinate for anthrax.  The vaccine is cheap and safe for all horses however the vaccine is irritating and may cause localized swelling/ abscess and it can cause death in some ponies.  If you have never had anthrax in your area then the option is yours and remember that over the past years tetanus and WNV has killed way more horses than anthrax has ever killed.