Tetanus in Cattle

Though relatively rare in cattle, tetanus is a relatively common disease in other types of livestock and can result in severe losses. Caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetani, which is found in the soil and the guts of humans and animals, tetanus can result in all of the following symptoms:

  • Stiffness or general reluctance to move
  • Lockjaw
  • Muscle twitching and tremors
  • Unsteady gait with tail held out stiffly
  • Protruding third eyelid
  • Anxiousness caused by sudden movements or handling
  • Bloating

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