Rabies shots

I have recently had my 8 horses vaccinated for rabies. They have all been vaccinated for rabies in the past. My 10 year old,16.2, AQHA/APHA gelding had a terrible reaction at the ...I have recently had my 8 horses vaccinated for rabies. They have all been vaccinated for rabies in the past. My 10 year old,16.2, AQHA/APHA gelding had a terrible reaction at the ...

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MS

Dear Doctor:

I have recently had my 8 horses vaccinated for rabies. They have all been vaccinated for rabies in the past. My 10 year old,16.2, AQHA/APHA gelding had a terrible reaction at the injection site. A large pancake shape mass appeared on his neck, also all four leg became swollen from the knees/hocks down.

He did not go off food or water but did become lethargic. It appeared that the smaller the horse the less reaction there was in each animal.

Six out of the eight horses had a reaction to some degree. The manufacturer of the vaccine was Fort Dodge. Are you aware of any problems with this particular vaccine or manufacturer?

Thank you,
Kelly C

Kelly,

No, but I would ask my vet to change vaccines next year and give them in the chest muscles.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder