Strangles

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    This article has been edited and approved by Karen Coumbe MRCVS, H&H’s veterinary advisor since 1991.
  • Strangles in horses: Signs | Spread | Diagnosis | Treatment | Complications | During an outbreak | Aftercare | Prevention

    Strangles is one of the most common infectious equine diseases in horses in the UK. It is a highly contagious infection of the upper respiratory tract caused by the bacteria Strep. equi (Streptococcus equi subspecies equi).

    Horses, ponies and donkeys of all types and ages can be affected, but young horses typically develop more severe signs.

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