Friesian Advocate

09: Myth or Real? The use of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) at the time of vaccination to reduce vaccine reaction has no effect on a horse’s immune response to the vaccine.

Answer: Myth The practice of giving a NSAID at the time of vaccination to reduce the risk of adversevaccine reactions (low grade fever, injection site reactions, etc) is not an uncommon practice. The question as to the effect of the NSAID on the horse’s immune system’s ability to “respond” appropriately to a vaccine was the…
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07: Myth or Real? “Shivers” in the horse may be a result of a degenerative lesion in a portion of the brain called the cerebellum.

Answer: Real Two recently published papers have taken further steps to define the muscle disorder, “shivers”, (difficulty lifting up the hindlimbs combined with difficulty walking backwards, hyperflexion of the hindlimb often occurs when backing up, often no difficulty moving forwards) that is seen in several different breeds of horses. In the first paper, Dr. Stephanie…
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