When it comes to horses, there are five core diseases that can potentially cause death:
- Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis – 90% Fatal
Transmitted through infected mosquitoes, attacks the horse’s nervous system
- Western Equine Encephalomyelitis – 50% Fatal
Like EEE, this disease attacks the nervous system and is transmitted by infected mosquitoes
- Rabies – 100% Fatal
Found throughout the world, transmitted by the bite of an infected animal
- Tetanus – 75% Fatal
Horses are exposed to tetanus bacteria regularly in soil and the disease is transmitted through open wounds, punctures, and surgical incisions.
- West Nile Virus – 33% Fatal
Another mosquito-borne virus that can result in fever, blindness, and seizures
These diseases not only pose a serious risk to your horse, but to your family as well because they are zoonotic—meaning they’re transmissible to humans.
At Prairie Animal Centre, we’re very excited about the new 5-in-1 Core EQ vaccine for our equine patients,which providesprotection from all five diseases with one singular, intramuscular vaccination! Even better: 99.3 % of horses are completely reaction-free.
We encourage you to contact us about getting this vaccine for your horses, which can only be administered by a licensed veterinarian. Call us at (306) 241-0256.