Strangles: Serious, But Not Often Fatal

January 30, 2009

Due to its contagious nature, outbreaks of the bacterial disease strangles, which can cause serious complications, periodically occur. This can send owners scrambling to protect their horses.

Owners are justifiably concerned because... Read More

Your veterinarian will help create a vaccination plan to keep your horse's immune system strong. What's right for your horse depends on his age, health history, and exposure to other animals, as well as your location.


Vaccination Yearly Planner

January 01, 2009

Immunizations are the cornerstone of disease prevention if given appropriately and in a timely manner.... Read More


UK Group Organizes Skydives for Strangles Research

December 10, 2008

The British Horse Society (BHS) has announced that it's recruiting volunteers from across the U.K. for fundraising skydives aimed to support researchers examining strangles.

A release from the U.K. organization noted that participants... Read More


British Horse Society Commends Initiative to Prevent Strangles Spread

July 12, 2008

The British Horse Society (BHS) has commended the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at Scotland's University of Edinburgh for its offer of at-cost strangles tests to horse owners and farm managers in Scotland. These tests, designed for... Read More


Strangles Reported at Florida Standardbred Track

June 08, 2008

One case of strangles was confirmed June 4 in the stable area at Pompano Park Harness Track in Pompano Beach, Fla. Live harness racing will continue as scheduled at the facility.

Track management, in working with animal health officials fro... Read More


Strangles in the Spotlight at Scotland Conference

May 27, 2008

The eyes of the veterinary world are on Scotland's capital city this week as a conference organized by The British Horse Society and the Animal Health Trust brings together the scientists and vets at the forefront of combating equine... Read More


Vaccination Schedule Guidelines

April 21, 2008

Developing a vaccination schedule is not as straightforward as it sounds. So much of what you should vaccinate for depends upon such factors as where you live, how often your horse travels, how old he is, his vaccination history, and what infectious ... Read More


Controlling Strangles in Horses

April 04, 2008

Strangles is a highly contagious disease that affects lymph nodes and potentially other organs in the horse.... Read More


British Group Develops Strangles Diagnostic Test

March 06, 2008

After four years of research by scientists at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, a new diagnostic blood test has been developed to combat the virulent horse disease strangles.

The blood test identifies horses that have recently been... Read More


Containment Measures Help Stem Ohio Strangles Flare-Up

February 13, 2008

An flare-up of strangles that surfaced at Northfield Park racetrack in Ohio nearly three weeks ago is under control, according to Director of Racing Gregg Keidel. Seven horses contracted the bacterial infection.

"The horses are doing fine,"... Read More


Strangles Management and Prevention

November 01, 2007

New strategies for management and prevention.

It is not uncommon for strangles infections to recur on a farm, and until recent years there have been misconceptions about how this... Read More


Strangles: Control and Containment Strategies

October 02, 2007

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has formulated practical recommendations and biosecurity measures for disease control. These specific protocols provide guidance for containment and cleanup. Work with your veterinarian to... Read More


Muscle Disease: Immune-Mediated Myopathies

July 20, 2007

Valberg discussed muscle disease created by immune-mediated situations, describing three possible different manifestations. One type of muscle damage develops subsequent to an outbreak of Streptococcus equi (strangles).

If a horse... Read More


Strangles: Dispelling the Myths

March 27, 2007

The infection caused by the bacteria Streptococcus equi,, commonly known as strangles, has been described in horses for almost 800 years. The name strangles describes the condition in which an affected horse is suffocated as lymph nodes i... Read More


More Convention Health Reports

March 23, 2007

A summary of the Western performance horse forum from the 2006 AAEP Convention hosted in San Antonio, Texas. ... Read More


State Investigating Mysterious Maine Horse Deaths

February 23, 2007

State officials are investigating the deaths of 10 horses at a Searsport, Me., farm since Feb. 17, WCSH reported. A caretaker for some of the horse... Read More


N.D. Extension Reports Numerous Cases of Strangles

February 19, 2007

Area horse owners should watch their animals carefully for signs of strangles, a highly contagious disease, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service equine specialist Carrie Hammer.

"Many cases of the disease have been... Read More


Strangles Eradication is Aim of New British Initiative

February 01, 2007

The British Horse Society and the Animal Health Trust launched a campaign today (Feb. 1) to raise £250,000 ($492,000) to eradicate Strangles.

Strangles--triggered by the bacterium Streptococcus equi--is one of the most common... Read More


British Horse Society Scotland Urges Precautions Against Strangles

September 15, 2006

Scotland has experienced an alarming increase in the number of strangles outbreaks this year and the British Horse Society (BHS) is urging horse owners and yard managers to take strict biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of this... Read More


Strangles Vaccines and Immunity to Streptococcus equi

July 14, 2006

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

Equine strangles is caused by Streptococcus equi, a biovar, or clonal descendent... Read More


Strangles Outbreak Spreading Among New Forest Ponies

June 02, 2006

An outbreak of strangles among the wild New Forest ponies is spreading, according to an article in The Salisbury Journal, a United Kingdom weekly newspaper. (Read the full Journal article Read More


Keeneland Horse Doesn't Have Strangles

May 02, 2006

A Thoroughbred racehorse at Keeneland began showing slight signs of filling in the submandibular region (under the jaw) late last week, and on Saturday (April 29) the horse was moved to a private clinic for diagnosis. The fear was that the horse... Read More


Fever, Colic, Swelling...What is It?

April 01, 2006

I had an 8-month-old colt stop eating his grain on Friday. I took his temperature, which was 105ºF, and gave him Bute...... Read More


Dangerous Strangles

October 01, 2005

Strangles, the upper respiratory disease in horses caused by Streptococcus equi, has a low mortality rate (2.6%), but it is highly contagious and spreads rapidly. Complications can occur in as many as 20% of cases. One such complication... Read More


Ellis Park Barn Released From Quarantine

July 25, 2005

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has released the quarantine of Barn 9 at Ellis Park following a third round of negative test results for the equine bacterial disease known as strangles.

Under the protocol established by the... Read More