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Thirteen cases of tetanus in dogs
  1. S. Adamantos, BVSc, CertVA, MRCVS1 and
  2. A. Boag, BA, VetMB, MRCVS1
  1. 1 Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield AL9 7TA


The records of 13 dogs with tetanus were reviewed, 12 of the dogs survived and were discharged, but the other died as a result of the acute onset of hyperthermia. Long-term follow up was available for 10 of the survivors of which nine were reported to be normal. One case was euthanased after a cervical spine fracture four months after it was discharged. Complications encountered during management included aspiration pneumonia in three cases, urinary tract infection in two cases, and upper respiratory tract obstruction, hiatal hernia, coxofemoral luxation, seizures and respiratory arrest in one case each. None of the dogs required ventilatory support, and the complications were managed successfully. The dogs were nursed intensively and monitored carefully.

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