Re: [RC] WNV another view - Heidi Smith
> Hi Heidi......I understand your concern for the WNV control from Ft.
> Dodge, however since this a unproven vaccine no one really knows what the
> immediate or long term results would be. In the even of an
> anaphaltic shock immediately after given the WNV how would you take care
> of this yourself? I know I couldn't. When Loki was done (both
> shots) we waited around the vets truck for at least 1hr.....I didn't want
> to deal with a 900# animal myself, and not have proper imediate help.
> This is another side to consider.
Anaphylaxis is also a possibility with any other vaccine, not to mention
penicillin, E-Se, and virtually any other injectable product. Do you give
any of those yourself? If so, you should be prepared for the possibility of
anaphylaxis. In fact, penicillin is one of the riskier drugs for potential
anayphylaxis--and yet it is sold over the counter in feed stores across the
country. I realize that many of today's horse owners do not wish to deal
with such a possibility, but having grown up in ranching country, I'm still
used to owners who routinely give all sorts of injections and who keep
epinepherine and/or corticosteroids on hand for just that possibility. The
willingness or lack of willingness of a given veterinarian to dispense a new
vaccine such as West Nile may well be partly due to the sort of makeup of
the practice, and the sorts of owners that veterinarian is used to.
Furthermore, given a clientele that is used to administering all sorts of
injectables, many veterinarians realistically understand that if they don't
dispense the vaccine to capable clients, the clients may either opt not to
give it at all, or may well change veterinarians to one who fits their herd
management style better.
I'm sure that even veterinarians who are willing to dispense the vaccine
will also be more than willing to come give it for you, if you don't care to
assume the risk of anaphylaxis yourself. BTW, anaphylaxis can occur
anywhere from immediately following administration up to four hours
later--so even if you "wait around the vet's truck for at least an hour" you
may well still have to deal with anaphylaxis. (Generally, though, the
slower the onset, the less severe the shock, and the better the prognosis.)
I've personally never run into a colleague who routinely hangs around for
four hours after giving injections.
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- [RC] WNV another view, Bobbie Brown