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Tetanus Protection

Any wound can result in contamination with environmental bacteria, which may include Clostridium tetani, and your horse developing tetanus. This is a particular risk if the injury has been a puncture wound and the skin surface has closed over relatively quickly, resulting in the air-less conditions in which these bacteria like to grow and produce their toxins. Every horse should be fully and regularly vaccinated against tetanus, to reduce the risk of this disease and avoid the worry that minor wounds may result in such unnecessary complications. Tetanus vaccine is initially administered on two occasions a month apart. A third vaccine is given 12 months and booster vaccinations are given every 12 months. In most cases this vaccination regime can be combined with that for influenza and there are no excuses for not taking advantage of this life-saving vaccine.