Strangles

Strangles - many signs of basic illness like general...

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5/11/09 Strangles It is caused by the bacterium Streptococcous equi. Very contagious Can be transferred by contact with another infected horse Also can be transferred by contact with contaminated water, feed or stables. All horses are susceptible, though it is most common in horses age 4 months to 5 years. Horses under 4 months old are protected by passive immunity through colostrum from the mother.
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5/11/09 Strangles contd…. All infected horses will show a very thick mucous discharge. They will also have severe swelling between their jaws, in the submandibular lymph nodes. They will also run a fever and show
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Unformatted text preview: many signs of basic illness like general tiredness and depression. Many times you can see the horse put their heads down and forward to relieve some of the pain in their throat. The lymph nodes can actually swell so much, that they restrict breathing to some extent, hence the name strangles. 5/11/09 Strangles contd Horse that are affected can be treated with antibiotics, but many veterinarians do not recommend this due to the risk of the animal not becoming immune to the infection. About 75 to 80 percent of horses infected with strangles become immune a future infection....
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