South Carolina horse owners are on high alert as the first case of a deadly disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), has been identified in the state this year. EEE is a mosquito-borne illness in horses that can kill up to 90 percent of unvaccinated horses. In 2013, South Carolina had the highest number of horses infected with EEE in the country. This outbreak makes it extra important for horse owners to stay up to date on their animals’ vaccinations.
Here at Palmetto Carriage Works we take the safety of our animals extremely seriously, and in order to make sure our horses stay healthy and are not affected by diseases like EEE, we vaccinate our horses and mules twice a year as part of their bi-annual check ups. The vaccination that specifically protects against Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been a part of our health protocol for our horses for many years already.
We are currently preparing to do the fall vaccinations this Tuesday.