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You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
Herpesvirus is a serious disease of horses and ponies and owners should ensure that their animals are properly vaccinated
Some horses are more susceptible to equine herpesvirus infection than others, especially :
There are 2 main subtypes of herpesvirus that affect horses and ponies : equine herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1) and equine herpesvirus 4 (EHV-4).
These viruses can cause different diseases including :
Vaccines that are available against equine herpesvirus contain inactivated virus (one or both types) and they are given by intramuscular injection. Initially two doses are given 3-6 weeks apart, and booster vaccinations are recommended every 6-12 months. Special vaccination recommendations may apply for pregnant mares and the manufacturers specific recommendations should be followed.
The frequency with which the vaccine should be given depends upon local circumstances and your veterinarian will advise on the best vaccine and protocol to use in your geographical area.
* Rhinopneumonitis due to EHV must not be confused with Rhinovirus - which is a different disease. CLICK HERE
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