By Garrett Metcalf, DVM
There are many dreadful diseases that horses can contract through various insect vectors, ticks, wildlife and even wounds that are rather easy to prevent with routine core vaccinations. Oklahoma has just about every insect known to man to offer, as all Oklahomans are fully aware of especially in the spring and summer, making it a very good environment for some of these key viruses to spread.
The five types of diseases that will be discussed in this article are commonly referred to as the deadly five, and that is why they make the core vaccine list because if one of these diseases is contracted it can be game over for your horse. Before spring arrives, the core vaccines should be on every horse owner’s to-do list as a common health care checklist that should be just as routine as deworming and dental care.
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