Tetanus is an uncommon but serious neurologic condition caused by bacterial toxins that can be introduced into deep, penetrating wounds or areas of tissue damage. In general, cats are more resistant to the effects of tetanus toxin than dogs are. Clinical signs of tetanus usually occur 5-20 days after infection and include stiffness of gait, rigidity of legs and muscles, erect ears, contraction of facial muscles causing a distorted grinning appearance and an elevated tail. Some animals may have seizures, difficulty breathing or be unable to stand or walk. Immediate medical care is indicated if your pet demonstrates any of these symptoms.
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