While you might think of rabies as a disease that only affects wild animals, here in Pennsylvania it is a real and serious threat to horses as well. Because of the proximity of PA horse farms to areas where wildlife live and roam, horse owners need to take precautions against this deadly disease. Just last week, a raccoon in nearby Flemington, NJ was found to be carrying rabies, reminding us all that this disease is a real risk to our domestic animals.
Many PA horse owners have their horses vaccinated in April, and some people may choose to administer their own vaccines. If you are the one vaccinating the horses on your PA horse farm, know that a licensed veterinarian must administer the rabies vaccine in order for your horses’ rabies certificates to be valid. This is an important consideration if your horses will be traveling to competitions or other locations that require a health certificate.