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    Unhappy Tetanus poisoning

    Hi Everyone... I am new here, and I mainly joined as I am concerned for our puppy, Diesel... He is a american staffy...and on sunday was diagnosed with Tetanus Poisoning....

    About 6 pm, my son fed him, the usual routine..then about ten mins later my husband come home and noticed Diesel was all "STIFF".... his ears were pulled right back, his face and eyes are pulled way back... he cant bend his legs or anything, to pat him he feels like a plank of wood....

    We rang our vet straight away and we drove the 2 hrs to her, she diagnosed Tetanus poisoning.... we have put it down to about 3 weeks ago he had an infected gum, which only lasted 2 days and went away, he was in no pain and ate his tucker and was as happy-as-larry.... so we thought nothing more of it...but the vet told us he must have picked up the tetanus while having the sore tooth, and it is quite common for it to go unnoticed as there is now warning signs, till they go stiff....

    Anyway, so so sorry for the ramble..... He has been in the vets since Sunday night, and she gave him the anti-toxin meds and antibiotics and the pain killers... he has come home today and is still as stiff as a board..and can hardly swallow... I have researched all that I can and it all tells me what the vet already has told us.... it can take up to 3 to 4 weeks before he comes good... but it is still only 70% chance.....

    What I am wondering if anyone else has been through this, or knows more about it....

    Thanks for letting me ramble on.... Look forward to hearing from you all...

    Cheers Donna

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    I'm sorry to hear about your boy.

    The old name for Tetanus was "Lockjaw" it causes this extraordinary tension and spasm in muscles, if left untreated it can cause death.

    The trouble swallowing is caused by the paralysis and spasm of the facial muscles.

    The antitoxin and antibiotics should help enormously. But time is needed, and good nursing. He should be kept very quiet, and in a dark place. Light and noise can bring on muscle spasms.

    Extra vitamin C can't hurt, and may well help. It boosts the immune system and is beneficial in combating infections like this. You cannot overdose on vitamin C, as it is simply excreted through the urine if given in excess. Go to your health food shop and get some Sodium Ascorbate powder. It is mostly tasteless and you can add a teaspoon to a small amount of milk, gravy or something similar for your dog to lap up twice a day.

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    Sorry to hear of Diesel's distress. Poor love! I hope he is back to his normal, happy, healthy self in no time.
    I have not heard of his condition before, so will unfortunatly will not be able to help.
    Apart from the stiffness you were talking about, was there any earlier warning signs...eg: scratching at face or excesive shaking of his head?? I would be most interested to know more info on this particular case.
    Keep us posted, oh and Welcome!!

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    I have to wonder why your dog was not vaccinated?

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    Are all dogs automatically vaccinated for Tetanos? Poor Diesel. I am sure with love and extra care he should come back to normal!? I'll be thinking of you.

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    hi all

    My dog cut herself on something in the back yard - my best guess was a bit of roofing tin that she likes climbing on. I rang the vet and asked about a tetnus shot and they said they don't usually do that. For city dogs. I think. Anyway they seemed to think my dog wouldn't need it. And so far so good.

    However my tetnus shot is up to date and they keep changing the dates for how often an adult should have it.

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    Occy, Its norm for Horses to get vaccinated for Tetanus, not dogs.

    Diesals mum, sorry to read about poor Deisal. Some years ago when I was Vet nursing we had a Boxer come in to the surgery with Tetanus. Very very sick dog , it took weeks but he did come good.

    Hope your boy recovers soon and is back to his old self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    I have to wonder why your dog was not vaccinated?
    My dog HAS ALL HIS NEEDLES... but tetanus is not included in a dogs vaccination program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paw-Sha View Post
    Sorry to hear of Diesel's distress. Poor love! I hope he is back to his normal, happy, healthy self in no time.
    I have not heard of his condition before, so will unfortunatly will not be able to help.
    Apart from the stiffness you were talking about, was there any earlier warning signs...eg: scratching at face or excesive shaking of his head?? I would be most interested to know more info on this particular case.
    Keep us posted, oh and Welcome!!
    Hi there.... he had a bad night the poor boy, he can not get up to wee, so he would yelp and cry but by the time I got to him he had done his wee... it is horrible to watch....

    Stiffness was the ONLY sign....and the vet has said to us, as we are beating ourselves up over it, blaming ourselves about the tooth.....the vet has said it is so common for it to start in the teeth in puppies, as they can drop a baby tooth and while big tooth is coming they get infected, then they chew things in yard, and tetanus is in the ground, nothing can be done about it.....

    Like I said, he showed no signs at all of being sick, none... from the time he had the sore tooth, then 2 days later the tooth and gum were back to normal....then up until that sunday night he was his normal self....no signs at all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    I'm sorry to hear about your boy.

    The old name for Tetanus was "Lockjaw" it causes this extraordinary tension and spasm in muscles, if left untreated it can cause death.

    The trouble swallowing is caused by the paralysis and spasm of the facial muscles.

    The antitoxin and antibiotics should help enormously. But time is needed, and good nursing. He should be kept very quiet, and in a dark place. Light and noise can bring on muscle spasms.

    Extra vitamin C can't hurt, and may well help. It boosts the immune system and is beneficial in combating infections like this. You cannot overdose on vitamin C, as it is simply excreted through the urine if given in excess. Go to your health food shop and get some Sodium Ascorbate powder. It is mostly tasteless and you can add a teaspoon to a small amount of milk, gravy or something similar for your dog to lap up twice a day.
    Hi and thanks... unfortunalty we live about 3 hours from a health shop... but I will see what I can do today....thanks for your advice....

    And thanks to every1 for thier kind words and welcomes!!!!

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