Signs of Strangles
Posted: Oct 9, 2013 | Author: Health4horses
Strangles is highly debilitating.2,3 Horses usually show signs of strangles within 3 to 8 days of becoming infected.2
The common signs of strangles include:1–3
- A nasal discharge (a greenish, yellow, or white “snotty” discharge)
- Fever (39–40°C)
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loss of appetite
- Swellings that are a result of abscesses of the lymph nodes in the head and neck region due to an accumulation of pus
- Laboured breathing due to enlarged lymph nodes – hence, the name “strangles”.
These distressing clinical signs can persist for days, weeks or months. Most horses recover, but they may need to be isolated for 6 to 8 weeks.2
- Strategy to Eradicate and Prevent Strangles (STEPS). The British Horse Society, Scotland, 2011.
- Queensland Horse Council Inc. Strangles Fact Sheet, May 2010.
- Biosecurity NSW. PrimeFact 648, Third Edition, May 2012. NSW Department of Industry and Investment. www.industry.nsw.gov.au