Equine Ailments - A to Z
Strangles - this is an acute specific contagious disease associated with abscess formation, particularly of the lymph glands of the head, catarrh of the upper respiratory tract, causing fever and nasal discharge, loss of appetite and swelling around the jaw due to the abscesses in the throat. Thought to be carried through food and the drinking water in the natural environment. Cold wet weather favours the development of this disease.
Treatment - Infected horses must be isolated for at least 3 weeks. Hot poulticing helps the abscesses to drain. A vet will confirm the disease and recommend suitable treatment. Antibiotics are rarely used.