2016 Feb + March Vaccination Amnesty
During February and March 2016 we ran a vaccination amnesty to restores horse’s and ponies protection against important and potentially fatal infectious diseases.
Tetanus and equine influenza are key diseases that you can protect your horses against with regular vaccinations.
An extremely unpleasant disease to witness and is usually fatal. A horse doesn’t even need to leave home to be at risk of picking up tetanus. A small puncture wound can be all that is required for the bacteria to enter and in most cases the disease proves fatal despite attempts at treatment. It is caused by bacteria found in soil and horse droppings, which enter the body through wounds or punctures in the hoof. Horses will develop muscle stiffness resulting in a “rocking-horse” stance and “lock-jaw”. If the horse survives tetanus treatment is likely to be intensive, prolonged and extremely costly.
A highly infectious viral disease which affects the respiratory tract and lungs. It is widespread throughout the horse population and spread directly horse-to-horse or via contaminated people, tack or feed. Signs include a dry, harsh cough, fever, nasal discharge and lethargy. Following a bout of ‘flu, horses may need complete rest for at least 6 weeks, however they can often be secondary complications which may require longer treatment.
We have recently experienced Equine Influenza ‘Equine Flu’ outbreaks in Staffordshire and Cheshire, and have unfortunately seen a cases of tetanus -with this in mind we hope the Vaccination Amnesty will help more people choose to vaccinate their horses and ponies and provide better protection for all horses.