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SHEFFIELD, IA – West Nile is on the rise and it has vets concerned for your horses.
The rainy, wet weather are giving mosquitoes the upper hand this season and it doesn’t look good for your horses.
Iowa officials are encouraging owners to have their horses vaccinated to keep them protected from the deadly disease.
“It’s recommended they be vaccinated once a year. If they’re young they’re supposed to have two doses. The vaccine the first year and then after that every year they’re vaccinated. Vaccinated horses are very well protected. I don’t recall having one actually break with the West Nile disease if they’ve been vaccinated,” said Dr. Mike Mueth, Veterinarian with the Sheffield Vets Clinic.
Last year, Iowa had 36 confirmed West Nile cases in horses alone.
Mike says these cases could have easily been prevented and hopes horse owners will take the initiative.
“With any vaccine, sometimes we think it’s too expensive or we don’t have the time or we don’t want to bother with it. A vaccine like that’s so effective and does such or good job of protecting. I mean it protects your horse,” said Mueth.