I must admit I've been rolling my eyes a bit about the paranoia that seems to have sprung up over vaccines in animals. Then I vaccinated on Tuesday with a brand and type of vaccine that I trust and have never had problems with. I also gave the horses Panacur dewormer, which they've never had before, but it's supposed to be ultra safe. Normally I wouldn't do both on the same day, but I did it this time without even thinking about it.
Then they started acting weird. Scout was standing funny in the pasture and then pressed his butt up against me when I went to check on him. He doesn't do that. Then he offered to kick me. He was cranky and seemed uncomfortable in the hind end for a couple days.
Bella trotted in lame Wednesday night (she's lame anyway so I just kind of ignored it). Thursday morning she was reluctant to move and kind of staggering around, her right fore and left hind acting strangely. I panicked, took her to work with me, and had the vet check her over. Nothing showed up as wrong there after she'd gotten her adrenaline up with the trailer ride and being stalled alone. She was still vaguely weird in her way of walking after some time chilling in the pasture at home, but seemed fine the next morning.
Thank goodness for that.
I realized that although I might talk tough about having her put down someday because of her lameness, it would break my heart to lose her. She's a spirit horse. Everyone who meets her says she's special. I'm glad she's okay.
Now I'm not sure what protocol I'm going to follow when I vaccinate next. Hmmm. You can premedicate with antihistimines for several days, and give dex. I might do that. I might not vaccinate Bella with anything more than tetanus and flu/rhino. She doesn't travel much so she shouldn't be high risk, but Scout does travel and could bring something home to her. Not that we go to densely populated areas. I don't know. We shall see.
Tomorrow is a big day. Going to ride the mule out on the trail.. I'm so excited! I didn't sleep very well last night, and when I did I dreamed about him. I'll update tomorrow night, hopefully with pictures. See ya!