Tetanus is a life threatening disease of all animals that can occur when a wound becomes infected with bacterial spores that are commonly found in the soil. Tetanus can occur in large and small wounds and can even occur where no wound is visible. Treatment of tetanus is difficult and often unsuccessful, most horses die if affected, which is why an effective vaccination programme is important. This involves giving the first two doses one month apart, followed by a third dose one year later. The horse will then be protected for up to 5 years. Mares due to foal should always be boostered. If your horse gets a wound it should be seen by a vet and vaccinated as soon as possible.
If requested, the Strangles vaccine can also be provided, please speak to a vet for more information.