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We stongly recommend that all horses, ponies and donkeys are regularly vaccinated against the most common diseases.
Course of 3 injections
1st vaccination - from 4 months old
2nd vaccination - 28 days after (approx 4 weeks)
3rd vaccincation - 1 year after
This is followed by a booster every other year (every 24 months)
Gradual progressive stiffness
Reluctance to move
Startled expression - flaring of nostrils
Tail head out
Increased reactions to sudden movement
Violent or general spasms
Diagnosis and Treatment
Most horses do not survive a tetanus infection; however sedatives, muscle relaxants, antitoxin and intensive nursing may be used to try save the horse.
The bacterium survives in areas with little/no oxygen, so deep wounds provide ideal conditions for the bacteria to multiply.
Tetanus can not be spread between horses.
Minimise the risk of injury by checking fences and removing harmful materials from stables, paddocks and yards.
If a wound is found on an unvaccinated horse or pony, no matter how small, please do not heistate to contact the practice to administer a tetanus antitoxin without delay.