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Re: tetanus

Posted by GoatWorld on March 21, 2001 at 21:28:52:

In Reply to: tetanus posted by Flo on March 21, 2001 at 18:49:53:

Hi Flo,

If I understand correctly, colostrum provides new born kids the kidding does immunities and essentially this would include an immunity to tetanus for a short period of time. This is one reason why colostrum is so vitally important within the first hours after kidding. Even bottle babies need colostrum.

Now I've heard several ways to go about innoculating for tetanus: all goats should be boostered yearly; preferably before kidding. However, there may be a period of time during pregnancy that it is not advisable to innoculate for various viruses just as it is not recommended to worm with certain wormers in the latter stages of pregnancy.

From what I have learned, give each kid a CD/T shot at 30 days after they were born and then booster them again yearly. I think there is alot of misunderstanding about CD/T shots and actual tetanus shots. There is a tetanus antitoxin shot and a tetanus detoxoid shot that can be given. I cannot remember where I got this information but I give the CD/T shot at 30 days, the tetanus antitoxin at 6 months.

I too would be interested in hearing from others their thoughts and experience on each of these: when to give them, when not to give them, how much to give and the booster vaccine schedule a breeder might follow.

Best regards,

Gary Pfalzbot


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