Tetanus Shot For Cattle

Tetanus antitoxin is recommended for immediate, emergency treatment of exposed or at risk animals when clinical tetanus is suspected or could develop but protection only lasts 10-14 days. Elastrator band castration of heavier, older calves often results in the scrotal sac remaining attached for extended periods of time (> 10 days), creating the right environment for C. tetani spores to germinate. In those cases, both a toxoid and antitoxin should be given at the time of castration if no previous tetanus toxoid series was given prior to banding.


Santa Cruz Animal Health offers a premium line of Bovine Tetanus vaccines for the prevention of disease caused by Tetanus Toxoid in all cattle, including calves, cows, steers and bulls. Choose from high quality trusted manufactures such as Merck, Colorado Serum, and Zoetis for all of your bovine vaccine needs.

Prevention involves reducing the risk of cattle developing deep wounds or areas of dead, rotten tissue where C. tetani spores may germinate along with the use of vaccines in animals at risk for infection. Elective procedures that could lead to open wounds include dehorning, elastrator band castration, nose ring placement, tail docking, and ear tag placement. It is important for veterinarians and producers to maintain clean conditions and disinfected instruments for each of these procedures. Cattle are not routinely vaccinated against tetanus, and most 7- or 8-way Clostridial (blackleg) vaccines do not contain specific protection against C. tetani although some do (for example, Covexin 8® and Calvary 9®-Merck) contain a tetanus toxoid. Cattle can be vaccinated easily and inexpensively with tetanus toxoid and protective antibody levels should develop in two weeks following the booster injection (2nd shot) of the series.

Features of Tetanus Shot For Cattle

Tetanus is easy to prevent but difficult to treat. However, if signs are detected very early and the disease is not too severe, treatment can be successful using therapeutics such as antitoxin and antibiotics. The injection of a relatively small dose of antitoxin, such as the minimum dose recommended for prevention, if given within a few hours of the injury, should provide effective protection over the usual danger period. Treatment of clinical cases can be costly and may not always be successful and unfortunately in most instances the animals are often found dead. Tetanus can be easily prevented through the use of an effective vaccination program. Undertaking surgical procedures (such as castration) properly, in a clean environment, with disinfected instruments and surgical area, will significantly reduce the risk of tetanus. The same rules apply to calving, as a clean environment will minimize contamination. Antitoxin can be useful as a short-acting (up to 21 days) preventative if used at high risk times, however on some farms vaccination may be better


Tetanus toxoid is for the vaccination of cattle, horses, sheep, goats and swine against tetanus. For primary immunization, give cattle and horses 1 mL intramuscularly. Give sheep, goats and swine 0.5 ml intramuscularly. Repeat in three-to-four weeks. Booster annually or at the time of injury, regardless of interval. Order syringes & needles for vaccines separately, unless “syringe” is stated above.

Prices of Tetanus Shot For Cattle

$14.39 – $21.99

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