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Strangles

Strangles is a highly contagious respiratory infection in horses, donkeys and ponies caused by a bacterium called Streptococcus equi subspecies equi. It can affect any age or breed although younger horses tend to get more severe clinical signs. The incubation period can be anything from 3 days to 2 weeks!

IF STRANGLES IS SUSPECTED IN YOUR ANIMAL YOUR VET MUST BE CONTACTED IMMEDIATELY.

Horse with a purulent nasal discharge and a burst abscess under its ear

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(Photo courtesy of MSD Animal Health)

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