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Cjskip
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 1274
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 - 04:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My vet said my babies didn't need a tetanus shot at birth, since the mares got all shots 30+ days before delivery. But all this talk about low IgG's has me thinking about the importance of tetanus shots. I know one has nothing to do with the other, of course,
 

sally
Breeding Stock
Username: Sally_c

Post Number: 131
Registered: 08-2009
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 - 06:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I also ask my vet the same question, I was told as the mare had her shots at the correct time that the foal doesn't need to have his tetanus shot till he is 6 months old, but I'm in the UK if it makes any difference.
 

Lisa Jenkins
Weanling
Username: Texas_paints

Post Number: 33
Registered: 04-2010
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 - 03:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cj bc of the weather here in Texas everytime I had a vet apt. it would rain, so Spirit did not have her tetanus 30 days before foaling. I am a firm believer that is why Bentley had so many problems. My vet gave my mare her tetnus shot the same day he pulled the IgG test. He said that it would pass through the milk and so he would be ok.
 

Cjskip
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Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 1279
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 03:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I wouldn't think there would be a difference, living in the UK, Sally. My vet said the same thing.

Lisa, that sounds odd to me, as I thought it took at least 30 days for that to occur? I'm not disagreeing with your vet, just trying to learn here.

I know of a horse production manager who has always vaccinated her mares 30 days before delivery, but also gives her foals tetanus shots at birth. So I expected my vet would do it too.

Of course, I could have just gone ahead and given the shot anyway, but I didn't, so now I'm wondering if I should have.
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 2834
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 10:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Lisa: The vet is wrong.
  • It takes time to build antibodies, which is why vaccinations are given 30-45 days before foaling;
  • The foal's ability to absorb antibodies through the colostrum is limited to about the first 15 hours after foaling and has declined to zero by about 24 hours.



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