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salley moorhead
Username: Unis11

Post Number: 7
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Wednesday, May 5, 2004 - 9:51 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Previosly I have given Ft. Dodge shots to my horses.
this year I gave Merriel and there seems to be three opinions of this subject. I have been told that if my horses were injected with Ft. Dodge last year that the Merriel will be a one time injection this year. If not, then merriel injection in one month from now, booster. I am hearing that the antigens in the merriel and the fort dodge are not the same. Merriel works with DNA. So that if I use Merriel I have to start all over again with the boosters. Do you have any idea which is right? I know that if I call the manufactures they will not give me correct info. as my vet has previosly tried to do this. So Do I boost all horses and start over or just the the new ones that have not had West niles shots???
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: Dro

Post Number: 10396
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Thursday, May 6, 2004 - 8:08 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Actually we have seen some initial research and surprisingly the Merrial product appears to work fine as a booster shot to the Fort Dodge product from the immunoglobulin stimulation aspect. However I have not seen any virus challenge studies under this model so I suspect the companies are going to tell you to do the inital series until virus challenge studies are done, I would recommend this too.
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