This month is National Vaccination Month which not only highlights the need for vaccinating horses and dogs against diseases, but also provides money off vouchers for participating vets.
During June 2009, horse owners can obtain discounted vaccinations against some of the most dangerous equine diseases.
The offer includes a free second dose of tetanus vaccine (with or without flu), plus a free wormer.
Horse owners can print off vouchers at the Vaccination Month Website
You will be protecting your horse against:
'Flu in horses is a highly infectious viral disease which affects the respiratory tract including the windpipe and lungs. Widespread throughout the horse population, the virus is transmitted by direct horse-to-horse contact and indirect contact via contaminated people, tack, feed and equipment. Signs of 'flu include a dry, harsh cough, fever, nasal discharge and lethargy. Following a bout of 'flu, horses need complete rest for at least 6 weeks. Equine 'flu is not contagious to humans.
Equine Herpes Virus
Equine herpes virus is a very common viral disease which is just as contagious as 'flu. The virus can cause a severe loss of form and associated problems including abortion and paralysis and, like its human counterparts, the virus can recur time after time. The first signs are similar to those seen with 'flu and include fever, nasal discharge and coughing that can last for up to 3 weeks. Equine herpes virus is not contagious to humans. Vaccination against equine herpes virus is not available as part of National Vaccination Month
Strangles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium, Streptococcus equi. Horses become depressed, dull, develop a fever and nasal discharge and stop eating. The glands around the throat swell, forming abscesses. In some outbreaks and in up to ten percent of cases, these abscesses spread to other parts of the body (a condition known as 'bastard' strangles) which is nearly always fatal. Strangles is transmitted from horse-to horse and indirect contact via people, tack, feed and equipment. There is currently no vacci
ne available against strangles.
Tetanus is caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetanii which can be found in soil and horse droppings. Although most animals can be affected horses are particularly susceptible. The bacteria enter the body through wounds and punctures of the sole of the foot are common routes of infection. Horses will dev
elop muscle stiffness resulting in a "rocking-horse" stance and "lock-jaw". Unfortunately this condition is usually fatal.
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