General information on Tetanus
Tetanus is rare in cats since cats have a high natural immunity to it. Tetanus is caused by a bacteria called Clostridium tetani which is found in soil contaminated by horse and cow manure. The Tetanus bacteria enter the skin through puncture or bite wounds.
Symptoms of Tetanus
Symptoms of the disease may include rigid extension of the legs, difficulty opening the mouth and swallowing, muscle spasms, stiff gait, erect ears, contraction of the facial muscles, drooling and constipation.
Treatments for Tetanus
Treatment of Tetanus in cats cannot be managed at home. Early and prompt veterinary care may avoid fatality. Treatment may include Tetanus antitoxins, intravenous fluids, antibiotics, and sedatives, as well as care of the wound.
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