Why Should I Have My Horse Vaccinated Against Tetanus?

Tetanus is a potentially fatal disease with approximately 90% of horses that become infected dying.

Horses are the most susceptible of all domestic animals to tetanus due to the environment they live in and the frequency with which they are injured. Tetanus is a disease caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetani which is found in the soil.

Tetanus becomes a problem when the bacterium enters the body via a wound. Even the smallest wounds can allow the bacterium to enter the bloodstream, for example, a common site of infection is a puncture wound to the sole of the hoof.

Foals can be vaccinated from four months of age.  If the mare was vaccinated the foal’s vaccines should be delayed until it is six months of age.  A second vaccination should be given four to eight weeks after the first.  A third vaccination should be given at 12 months and then every other year thereafter.

Please see our vaccination page for further details of vaccination procedures.

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