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Posted by Vicki McGaugh on March 21, 2001 at 22:11:24:
In Reply to: Re: tetanus posted by GoatWorld on March 21, 2001 at 21:28:52:
Here is how I do it. On does who have had their booster shot before kidding, and whos vaccination history I know, I disbud the kids before they are 2 weeks old, and start their CD&T shots which are all toxoid (which means long term immunity) at 3 weeks of age, 21 days later and then again 21 days later. On does who have not had their booster shots before kidding, or folks who bring their kids to me and when I ask "do you vaccinate" and they say "for what? :) I disbud the kid, and in one leg they get their CD&T 2cc, remember this is Toxoid and is long term immunity taking up to 10 days for the kid to respond to it, hence the lump they get, and in the other leg they get a 1 and 1/2 cc shot of Tetanus Anti-toxin which gives immediate immunity while the toxoid takes affect. If tetanus is going to strike it happens in 21 days from the wound, and disbudding and castrating are pretty big wounds!, with a dieing kid. If you wait and give the vaccine at 3 weeks, and you disubdded at 1 week, the kid can die of tetanus before the CD&T toxoid has taken affect! And then we blame the drugs!
When in doubt I always choose to vaccinate. New stock coming in, no matter who they come from all get revaccinated, it is just way to cheap of insurance! One huge warning ****Do not use antitoxin, whether it is for tetanus or enterotoxemia the C&D type, without a syringe of epinephrine already syringed up. The only time we have ever seen anaphalactic shock was after a antitoxin shot for tetanus was given, it was a faulty vaccine technique, drawing blood when giving the shot, she probably drug the med through the vein, but none the less the kid colapsed in about 10 seconds, the eppy shot saved its life.. Vicki
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