Symp­toms

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The ef­fects of the toxin on a horse’s ner­vous sys­tem causes mus­cles to spasm. As a re­sult, symp­toms in­clude the third eye­lid clos­ing and per­ma­nently pricked ears. The clas­si­cal de­scrip­tion of tetanus is lock­jaw be­cause, es­sen­tially, the jaw is locked shut.

In an in­fected horse you may see the tail be­ing held up, which is in­dica­tive of th­ese mus­cles be­ing in spasm. In ad­vanced cases, tetanus can pre­vent the horse from breath­ing be­cause mus­cles around the ribcage spasm and re­strict its mov­abil­ity, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for the horse to breathe. The heart may also be neg­a­tively af­fected. Both can cause death.

Fa­cial spasms mean an in­fected horse will not be able to eat as nor­mal

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