Vaccination is the core of Kessock Equine Vets’ preventative healthcare service. Not only does vaccination offer protection against debilitating and potentially fatal diseases, it also provides the opportunity for your horse to receive a veterinary examination and for you to raise any concerns and discuss all aspects of your horse’s health and welfare on an annual basis.
It is essential to vaccinate all horses, ponies and donkeys against tetanus:
- Tetanus is a disease of the nervous system caused by a toxin produced by a soil borne bacterium called Clostridium tetani
- Tetanus vaccination is very effective and involves two injections four to six weeks apart with the first booster after 17 months and subsequent boosters every two years
- Tetanus is normally fatal and can develop in any unvaccinated horse
Did you realise ALL horses are at risk of flu, even if they don’t leave the yard?
Once the flu virus is airborne, it can travel further than you think and it can also be transmitted on clothes, yard equipment, troughs and feed buckets.
While some horses are more vulnerable than others to equine flu, ALL horses are at risk of catching the disease.
Vaccination is essential to help stop the spread of flu:
- Your horse is not protected from flu until 14 days after the 2nd vaccination
- Between the 2nd and 3rd vaccinations in the primary course your horse’s antibody levels decline
- The third vaccination is vital to ensure that your horse continues to be adequately protected
The aim of flu vaccination is to stimulate an immune response against the flu virus, so that if your horse is exposed to flu in the future, the immune system is already primed to quickly protect your horse.