Vaccines & De-worming

 

Vaccines & De-worming

The foal should receive a boost three or four weeks after the initial dose.

 
Lusitano-041Vaccines & De-worming.   If the mare has her vaccines up to date and received a boost one month before foaling and the foal received his mom’s colostrum in time with enough antibodies, the foal should be okay for the first three or four months.   After this its vaccine program must be started. The foal should be immunized against East and West Encephalitis, Tetanus, Flu, Rhino, West Nile and Strangles.   It should receive a boost three or four weeks after the initial dose.
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Lusitano-024The deworming program should also start early.   Four weeks after birth is a perfect time to do it.   Foals are not usually given the same de-wormers as adults so make sure that the de-wormer you use is designed for foals.   A fecal analysis is recommended before de-worming to find out if there are parasites present and specific medication for them can be used.
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Lusitano-039The best way to cure a disease or parasite is prevention.   Manure should be removed daily from the shelter and grounds where the foal plays.   This will reduce the possibility of parasitic infections.   It is very important to remove the mare’s fecal matter daily without excuse.   Foals sometimes tend to eat it thus acquiring parasites their mother is perfectly capable of living with but they are not.
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