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Rodridge Livery Yard
03-03-2009, 02:22 PM
This goes out to all horse owners. This is deadly and research has shown the numbers have doubled in cases.

Read about strangles :

Prevention of strangles

Both intramuscular and intranasal vaccines are available. Isolation of new horses for 4 to 6 weeks, immediate isolation of infected horses, and disinfection of stalls, water buckets, feed troughs, and other equipment will help prevent the spread of strangles. As with any contagious disease, handwashing is a simple and effective tool.

Signs of strangles

Clinical signs include fever, heavy nasal discharge, and swollen or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck and throatlatch. Affected animals may also stop eating and have a dull affect.

Mortality may be up to 1 in 10 horses affected with strangles, especially bastard strangles. For cases without complications, mortality is usually lower. The disease is very contagious and morbidity is high. Precautions to limit the spread of the illness are necessary and those affected are normally isolated. An isolation period of 6 weeks is usually necessary to ensure that the disease is not still incubating before ending the isolation.


As with many streptococcal infections, penicillin or penicillin-derivative antibiotics are the most effective treatments. However, some authorities are of the opinion that use of antibiotics are contra-indicated once abscesses have begun to form, as they pre-dispose to lymphatic spread of the infection (so-called bastard strangles) which has a much higher mortality rate.

After an abscess has burst, it is very important to keep the wound clean. A diluted povidone-iodine solution has been used with good results to disinfect the open hole, flushing the inside with a syringe tipped with a teat cannula, followed by gentle scrubbing to keep the surrounding area clean.

Taken from - http://www.horse-banter.co.uk/forum/

03-03-2009, 08:43 PM
Its almost epidemic here when some idiot brought his sick horse into the races and now its spread through two of 10 barns.

03-21-2009, 02:19 PM
Thanks for the info. There was a worry around here a few months back too. A person I know lost their beloved new foal, and several mares too. It's scary how fast it can spread.

06-18-2011, 01:13 AM
Strangles (also equine distemper) is a contagious upper respiratory tract infection of horses and other equines caused by a bacterium, Streptococcus equi var equi.
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Gentle Man
07-28-2011, 01:36 AM
Great information make me happiest when its regarding to horses. thanks