Archive for February 2015

Tetanus – Is your horse up to date?

We have had 2 cases of horses diagnosed with tetanus in the last 2 months.

All horses and donkeys should be vaccinated against tetanus. Tetanus is frequently a fatal condition in the horse. Tetanus is caused by production of toxins by the bacteria, Clostridium tetani. The spores of this bacteria are commonly found in the soil and may be present in horses’ faeces and may enter the tissues via wounds. Deep puncture wounds are particularlydangerous as they provide an ideal site for infection as the bacteria thrive in anaerobic (low oxygen) environments. Many tetanus cases have no known history of a wound however.

Effective immunity against tetanus requires a primary course of two vaccinations given 4-6 weeks apart, followed by a booster 12 months later. Thereafter subsequent vaccinations can be given at 2 yearly intervals. Foals will receive antibodies from their mother’s colostrum and milk that will protect them for the first few weeks of life. Many foals are given tetanus anti-toxin shortly after birth as extra protection. Primary vaccinations are usually started in a horse over the age of 5 months but tetanus vaccination may be recommended in younger animals if the damn is unvaccinated.. Tetanus vaccination is often given as a combination vaccine with equine flu.

If your horse has not been vaccinated or vaccination programme has lapsed and it sustains a wound it is essential that a tetanus anti-toxin injection is given as soon as possible to prevent tetanus infection. This is not the same as a vaccination but will protect your horse against tetanus for approximately 3 weeks.

It is a very dangerous policy to leave your horse unvaccinated as many tetanus cases occur without any known wound.

Equine CPD Lecture for Vets – Tuesday 17th March 2015

For further information, or to book your free place please contact:

Tasha Wilson on 01428 723594  or via email tasha.wilson@theleh.co.uk

 

 

We would like to welcome back Laura Sharpe (nee Evans) BVSc Cert AVP (EM) MRCVS

Laura graduated in 2005 from Liverpool University and first joined the Liphook Equine Hospital as a Housevet in 2007. She then went on to work as an ambulatory vet for Liphook Equine Hospital for 3 years, before relocating to Norfolk to work at an expanding Equine Clinic. During this time she gained her Certificate in Equine Medicine and following a move back down to the South is providing maternity cover for Victoria South as part of the Medicine team.

Laura has previously evented three of her own horses to Intermediate level, and currently rides when she can between looking after her 7 month old daughter, her husband and two Hungarian Vizslas!

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