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Tetanus

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Tetanus seems to be a large problem amongst the livestock industry, as well as any other type of diesese. Here are some questions in regards to Tetanus when using the Eze Bloodless Castrator.

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1) What is the difference between Tetanus Toxoid and Tetanus Antitoxin?
2) I have lost animals due to Tetnus, why is this?

 

1) What is the difference between Tetanus Toxoid and Tetanus Antitoxin?

A) Tetanus Toxoid is administered to the animal to help build an immunity to Tetanus. After the injection, the Toxoid will start to take effect approximately 10 to 25 days, which is the time it takes tetanus to show up in the animal if present. The injection will stay in the system up to 2 to 3 months.

Tetanus Antitoxin is administered to the animal if tetanus is present in the animal already or you suspect the animal of getting it. This antitoxin takes effect almost immediately after the injection and only stays in the system for up to 10 days.

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2) I have lost animals due to Tetnus, why is this?

A) Although I am not a vet, I can only offer advice on possible reasons as to why this is occurring and from experience that I have received. Many people run their cattle operations differently and may be hard to pinpoint exactly why this is occurring. I will say that the animal may already have Tetnus or received shortly after and as a result is probably caused from the castrating process.

Whether it was a surgical method or band method, the results more than likely would have been the same. In some areas, Tetnus is more of a problem than others. In general, when administering a Tetnus shot, it doesn't take full effect for a full week or two. And in many cases, if the shot isn't a booster, than the strength of the shot may be decreased up to 60%. If you delay castrate, make sure you give a Tetnus Toxoid injection during the first vaccination period. We use Covexin 8 when doing this. Give another Tetnus Toxoid injection a minimum of two weeks prior to time of castration and another at the time of castration. This may vary according to your area. You may be able to just give a Tetnus Toxoid injection during the first vaccination and at the time of castration. I quote from a box of Covexin® 8. "For Cl. perfringens types B, C and D, revaccinate two weeks prior to parturition, introduction to lush pastures or finishing programs. Calves vaccinated under 3 months of age should be revaccinate at weaning or 4 to 6 months of age.

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