March 31, 2009
Strangles is a highly contagious disease that causes horses to have swollen and painful lymph nodes that block their airway and can cause difficult breathing. The name was coined because these enlarged nodes sometimes (but rarely) suffocate... Read More
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
January 01, 2009
Immunizations are the cornerstone of disease prevention if given appropriately and in a timely manner.... Read More
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
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
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
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
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
April 04, 2008
Strangles is a highly contagious disease that affects lymph nodes and potentially other organs in the horse.... Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
March 23, 2007
A summary of the Western performance horse forum from the 2006 AAEP Convention hosted in San Antonio, Texas. ... Read More
February 23, 2007
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 and Banamine to reduce his fever. My veterinarian came the next day and said it was a virus, but didn't treat him. He came on... Read More
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
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