Tetanus is a potentially fatal disease of animals which we are able to vaccinate against.
Strangles is a bacterial disease which is highly contagious and can spread amongst horses rapidly. It causes infections and abscesses in the lymph nodes around the head and neck, which can cause issues breathing – hence the name ‘strangles’.
If caught early enough it is usually treatable.
Equine Herpes Virus (EHV)
This is a group of virus strains that can have various effects on horses, but most notably respiratory and reproductive effects.
Vaccination is important to prevent the disease caused by EHV, and reducing the risk of abortion caused by EHV1.
- For pregnant mares, vaccinations are given during the fifth, seventh and ninth months of each pregnancy.
- For young horses to aid in the prevention of EHV-1 respiratory infections, a vaccine is given after weaning, followed by a second vaccine three to four weeks later. They are given another vaccine six months after the second primary dose and annually thereafter.
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Local farmers, associated rural communities and Te Puke town people have supported Te Puke Vet Centre for over 50 years. During those years scores of receptionists, nurses and vets have lived and enjoyed the benefits of this great town and area. It is very important for Te Puke Vets that we are strongly integrated with the local community and as part of that we are proud to support many local schools, sports clubs, service organisations and community events.