You’ve heard of tetanus before—it’s the disease you need to get a shot for after stepping on a rusty nail, right? That’s correct, although the truth is that tetanus can occur from any kind of deep wound, whether it’s a nail or something else entirely. And our canine friends, too, are at risk of tetanus. Read on as your vet Downey, CA tells you more about tetanus in dogs and how you can keep your canine companion safe.
What causes tetanus?
The Clostridium tetani bacteria causes tetanus when the spores of the bacteria enter the body through a wound. This bacteria is commonly found in dust and dirt, as well as in fecal matter. As the spores die off inside your pet’s body, they produce a neurotoxin known as tetanospasmin. This toxin is the root danger of tetanus. Talk to your veterinarian Downey, CA for more information about tetanospasmin and the C. tetani bacteria.
A dog could get tetanus if they have an open wound or sore and then come into contact with matter infected with C. tetani bacteria. Puppies tend to pick up items with their mouths, and could accidentally cut themselves. For this reason, young dogs tend to get tetanus more often. And dogs that live on farms or spend a lot of time outdoors are at a higher risk, too. Check with your vet clinic Downey, CA to see if your dog might be at high risk for tetanus.
What are the symptoms of infection?
Tetanus is also called lockjaw because of its main symptom: stiffening of the neck and jaw muscles. Other symptoms include rigid legs, muscle spasms, drooling, hypersensitivity to touch, light, and sound, difficulty eating or drinking, fever, and respiratory trouble. Without treatment, seizures and even paralysis can occur. Let your veterinarians Downey, CA know immediately if you spot these symptoms.