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Wednesday 19th of December 2018


General information on Tetanus

Tetanus is a rare non-contagious bacterial infection that usually gets into the dogs body by the contamination of a wound with the bacteria Clostridium tetani. Clostridium tetani lives in the intestines of horses and cows and can be spread by cow or horse manure.
The bacteria will grow and create a toxin that affects the dogs nervous system causing muscle contractions, dehydration and lockjaw.

Symptoms of Tetanus

Symptoms of Tetanus can show up anywhere from days to weeks after injury and exposure. The dogs legs may spasm and contract and possibly become rigid and stiff. Muscle retraction in the face and head can make the ears stand up and the dogs face may appear to have a permanent frozen smile. The jaws may also become locked, hence the name “Lock Jaw”.

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Treatments for Tetanus

Tetanus is usually treated with antibiotics and antitoxins. If the dog is dehydrated the vet may need to administer intravenous fluids. When your dog gets a cut or puncture wound, make sure to clean and disinfect the wound thoroughly. Early intervention by a vet is advised as Tetanus can be fatal.

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Tetanus experience by - Dr wati

my pet dog didnt allow even to pat or touch,so nervous n scared that only barking seems to relieve him.i suspected rabies though he recieved the primary anti-rabies vaccination few months back.i was as nervous as he did then on the 2nd day i saw his neck with a noticeable swelling and commencement of partial paralysis on his hind limbs,n dehydration with body temperature reaching 106.5 F. and then i knew exactly it was tetanus.
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Remember, this information is for reference only. Always contact your vet or pet profesional for advice.


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Seek the advice of your vet or other qualified pet care provider before you decide on any treatment or for answers to any questions you may have regarding a canine medical symptom or medical condition.

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