Mosquitos are everywhere.... Southern California has been in a drought for the past 10-12 years. If you have been here for any length of time you no doubt have been affected by the drought in one way or another. Whether it is higher water bills, water restrictions, or the well on your property going dry we have all felt its effects.
This winter we were blessed with record rainfall amounts that have pulled us out of the drought according to officials. Along with the much needed rain and water to fill our reservoirs and aquifers we are also seeing an early increase in the number of mosquitoes that are in the area. With the vernal pools and new sources of standing water the mosquito population has begun to boom. Along with this comes the mosquito borne diseases we see in horses such as West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Western Equine Encephalitis. All three of these diseases are passed directly from the mosquito to the horse. They are also not transmitted from horse to horse. So that means that a horse by itself out in a field could contract any one of these diseases without being exposed to any other horses.
All three of these equine diseases have a high mortality rate, and we know that these diseases are here in our area in the mosquito population. The good news is that the vaccines that are available to horse owners to prevent these diseases are extremely effective > 99%. They are recommended to be given to horses once a year.
If your horse has not been vaccinated in the last 12 months, or has never been vaccinated please give our office a call at 951-395-0398 to set up an appointment to have your horse protected against these diseases.
All horses deserve core vaccination as their wellness foundation. Schedule your horse’s spring vaccinations!