On the Tetanus Offensive

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Vaccination is the only way to provide protection against tetanus. A potentially deadly disease, tetanus occurs when a wound becomes infected with the bacterial spores, Clostridium tetani. Once inside a horse’s body, the spores germinate and produce a poison that affects muscles: Horses with tetanus become stiff and rigid; they may fall and be unable to rise. Paralysis of the breathing muscles can lead to death. A tetanus antitoxin exists, but it’s expensive and often unsuccessful. The American Association of Equine Practitioners recommends an annual tetanus vaccination, with special recommendations for foals.

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  1. vaccinations are truly life savers and I am very grateful to the people who work so hard to find new cures for ALL creatures, not just horses and humans! those people are true heroes in midst of a not so bright world. they make each day seem less dark

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