Strangles – alert!
Not sure if the RC is aware but there is a confirmed case of strangles in Craven Arms.
Link below to the Hay Vets factsheet if anyone is worried:
In case you cannot link I have copied and pasted for you to read.
Strangles Fact Sheet
- Nobody wants their horse to get strangles.
- Everyone gets worried when their horse gets strangles.
- When someone else’s horse gets strangles, everyone gets worried that their horse is going to get strangles
- Strangles infection is not air-borne; it needs physical transfer – either direct contact with infected horses or indirect contact with contaminated things/people.
- It takes 7-14 days from initial infection to the onset of clinical signs (incubation period). Most horses will develop a fever 2-3 days before they become infectious. Many will go on to develop a purulent nasal discharge and swollen glands – BUT NOT ALL OF THEM WILL
- Most horses recover uneventfully after a short illness but a few will become carriers
- Medical treatment is not always necessary
- Vaccination is possible but not always helpful
- Quarantine new arrivals for at least 2 weeks (this is good practice for all infectious diseases) and monitor for suspicious signs. (fever, off food, snotty nose, swollen glands)
- Isolate and investigate all sick snotty horses
- Take sensible precautions at shows or events
STRANGLES ACTION PLAN (IN THE UNLUCKY EVENT…)
- Don’t Panic!
- ISOLATE AFFECTED HORSES
- Tell your vet, neighbours, farrier, recent contacts
- Monitor and ISOLATE any new cases
- Stop all movements on or off the yard
- Test for carriers at the end of the outbreak
Effective quarantine and good hygiene will control Strangles