Identifying Carriers

The strangles bacteria, Streptoccucs equi sub species.equi (S.equi) can be spread by direct and in direct contact. The main infectious agent is normal another equid. After infection a horse can continue to shred the disease (a shedder) and be a carrier of the bacteria. What is a carrier? It has Read more…

Communication And Support

You will have seen from the previous sections that dealing with an outbreak of Strangles within an equine establishment, or even a sole use yard, can be a huge task.  It is something that require immediate action and immediate communication between numerous parties all involved-whether directly or indirectly. One of Read more…

Prevention and Planning

We really hope that you will not have to experience a strangles outbreak. The aim is to attempt to prevent any infection reaching your horses and affecting the whole yard. With effective preventive methods this can be achieved. Prevention and Screening Agreement Your yard should have an agreement set in Read more…

Post Infection Action

As the horses recover from strangles and return to their former health after being given the all clear by the veterinary surgeon, you will need to start to take post infection action to ensure that everything is thoroughly disinfected. It has been proven that strangles can survive outside of the Read more…

Biosecurity for Strangles

The most important element of preventing the outbreak of ANY infectious disease is good biosecurity and hygiene. What is biosecurity? Biosecurity can de fined as  “is a set of preventive measures designed to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases” Biosecurity also involves “protecting the health of livestock by Read more…

Isolation for the Infected Horse

As stated previously, if you suspect you have a strangles outbreak the most important thing is not to panic. You will have immediately called the veterinary surgeon  (probably from outside your horses stable) and they will have advised you to implement an immediate isolation protocol.     NO MOVEMENT ON/OFF You Read more…

Treatment for Strangles

The main elements for treating strangles are correct isolation, good biosecurity and correct nursing care. Isolation, biosecurity and good nursing care. The most effective start to treatment is isolation and good hygiene. Immediately ensure the horse and all his equipment are isolated away from other horses and kept strictly disinfected Read more…

Testing and Diagnosis

If you have called the veterinary surgeon to attend to examine your horse if you think they may have a potential outbreak, test will need to be carried out to confirm if the horse has strangles and to give a confirmed diagnosis. There are several diagnostic tests that your veterinary Read more…

Immediate Action

What should you do if you think your horse is ill and that it could be suffering with a strangles infection? Perhaps you have noticed that the horse has a nasal discharge, throat swellings, is not eating or depressed? 1.Call Veterinary Surgeon If you notice your horse appears to be Read more…

Clinical Signs of Strangles

As the horse’s owner, you are observing your horse daily, so will be aware of any changes in his health.  The most common signs that your horse may be suffering from an outbreak of strangles are the following: Common Signs of Strangles: High temperature and fever High temperature and fever Read more…

Strangles: Causes and Spread

Aetiology (The cause, set of causes, or manner of causation of a disease or condition) Strangles is caused by the Gram positive  bacteria Streptococcus equi sub species equi . It is shortened to S equi. Gram positive bacteria have a thick peptidoglycan outer layer, which is 40 to 80 layers Read more…

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