Vaccinate for hendra virus
AS HORSES and riders begin gearing up for show season, Warwick Vet Clinic owner Chris Reardon is encouraging all to be proactive when it comes to vaccinating against the hendra virus.
"The weather patterns we're seeing lately almost mirrors what happened two years ago when we had a spike in hendra cases ... with 10 cases in Queensland and one within the Great Dividing Range," Dr Reardon said.
"We're reminding our clients, and other people too, to consider the use of vaccines ahead of show season."
He said the vaccines were vet-only administered and two injections would be needed, three weeks apart.
The wet weather had also caused flying foxes to be more active as they search for fruit.
"So the flying foxes are potentially stressed after the rain and are looking for food," Dr Reardon said.
He said horse owners needed to act now.
"For the cost of a pair of shoes from the farrier, you can potentially save lives."
Phone your local vet to organise an appointment.