TETANUS TOXOID aids in the prevention of tetanus, a potentially fatal equine bacterial disease caused by Clostridium tetani. Tetanus toxoid is considered a core equine vaccine by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and all horses should receive annual vaccination.
The tetanus bacteria can be present in the intestinal tract and feces of horses, other animals and humans. It can be abundant in the soil, with bacterial spores able to survive in the environment for years, creating a continuous risk for horses and people. Transmission can occur through puncture wounds, open lacerations, exposed tissue and surgical incisions.1