How Is Tetanus Treated in Horses?

Sedatives are often used to try to decrease the animal’s muscle spasms and convulsions. Antibiotics are usually given to try to kill the C. tetani at the site of infection. Tetanus antitoxin can be given to bind an neutralize the tetanus toxin. >

Can humans get tetanus from horses?

Tetanus, or lockjaw, is an often fatal disease caused by the anaerobic bacteria (grows in low oxygen conditions), Clostridium tetani. Tetanus can also affect humans. The disease is not contagious between horses or between horses and humans.

How long does horse tetanus shot last?

After the initial vaccination the horse should receive an annual booster, but if he sustains a wound or undergoes surgery six months or more after his last tetanus shot, he should be revaccinated immediately. Many owners want to know why people need a tetanus shot every 10 years, while horses need one yearly.

Do horses need tetanus shots?

Vaccination with tetanus toxoid (a weakened form of the toxin) gives safe and reliable protection. Vaccinated horses need an annual booster, which can be given at any time of year. If the horse gets a wound and it has been more than six months since his last booster, he should have another.