Vaccines: check!


A shot o' this an' a shot o' that

Bob got his vaccines tonight, thanks to some help from my friend Mary (thank you!). I picked them up from the vet and they had them on ice, with instructions to administer them within 24 hours. I stuffed them in the fridge at the barn and went off to work. After I was done teaching, I met Mary at the barn, and away we went.

  • Equine encephalitis and tetanus toxoid: left side of the neck
  • Equine influenza: right side of the neck
  • Potomac horse fever: left rump
  • West Nile virus: left pectoral
  • Equine rhino virus: right pectoral

    He was such a good boy for the shots (all of them intramuscular). There were a couple for which he flinched a bit, but that was about it. Most of these vaccines get a booster in a month, so we’ll get to do this all over again.

    Although it’s not a vaccine, I also treated Bob with EquiSpot fly repellent today. It sure seemed to help right off the bat. It lasts two weeks, supposedly—interesting stuff. I got a little bit on my T-shirt, so I not only smelled like citronella, but the flies stayed away from me, too!

    About Mike

    Michael Heggen is a horseman, maker, and thinker who lives in Salem, Oregon with his wife, Kim, and "three to eight cats". He stays quite busy riding, driving, and caring for their three horses, Boulder, Shasta, and Bob. Among other things, Mike has been a fencing coach, police chaplain, computer consultant, aspirant to the diaconate, computer salesman, box boy, carpenter, computer technician, typesetter, church youth leader, copy machine operator, and network administrator. His other interests include juggling, reading voraciously, and (pretty occasionally these days) cycling.
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