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Is it absolutely necessary to vaccinate against Strangles? Hamish

Vaccination is recommended to help avoid this serious condition. Especially for horses that go to studs, shows or those on agistment with other horses. Strangles is highly contagious and spreads rapidly from horse to horse. Some common signs of Strangles may include: nasal discharge, fever, difficulty swallowing, loss of appetite, depression, coughing and laboured breathing due to enlarged lymph nodes. Swellings that are a result of abscesses of the lymph nodes in the head and neck region due to an accumulation of pus are also possible. Some horses will also die from strangles infection.

Health4Horses vet team