Originally Posted by tealamutt
Not surprising at all. Ryle is one of the most educated and informed technicians I have come across in these forums. I would be thrilled to have someone like her on staff when I am practicing in two years. There are plenty of vets out there who do not keep current on literature and sadly there is a whole spectrum of DVMs out there in terms of competency. Yes we all have to pass the boards but it doesn't mean all DVMs are created equal. Instead of rolling your eyes at her, why not see Ryle's well researched info as a chance to learn something?
I am more than willing to learn. I read pretty constantly. But honestly, if I am faced with an issue I am going to go with what my vet, that I know and trust, says long before someone on the internet who claims to be a vet tech (not saying Ryle is not a vet tech, saying people on the internet frequently claim to be things they are not). Sorry. I would think once you are practicing you would understand the importance of your clients trusting your opinion and not ignoring it for something they read on the internet.
And for the record, the vet clinic I use does keep very current and is very active in the way of education.
What a timely news letter I just got from the AQHA that says their information is from American Association of Equine Practitioners and it basically says what I understood.
Pieces from the article:
It is one of the most commonly diagnosed contagious diseases of horses worldwide. The bacteria can survive on water troughs for more than a month, but the primary source of recurrent infections is most likely asymptomatic carrier horses that can shed the bacteria to other horses for months and years.
Though strangles is highly contagious and can affect many horses on a farm, most horses with infection recover without complication. Complications from the infection include spread of the infection to lymph nodes other than the head and neck, immune-mediated disease, muscle disease and pain, and lack of milk production. Horses that develop a complicated infection typically require antibiotics and additional therapies based on veterinary examination.
Antibiotic therapy remains controversial for the treatment of strangles. Complicated cases generally require antibiotic and other supportive therapies.
There is some evidence that treatment with antibiotics (such as penicillin) at the first sign of fever and in horses with no lymph node enlargement might prevent infection. However, early antibiotic treatment will also prevent these cases from developing immunity to the infection and subsequently makes them susceptible to reinfection sooner.
People and equipment can transfer the infection from horse to horse. Extreme care, hand washing and disinfection of supplies must be observed by everyone involved. If different individuals cannot care for infected and healthy horses, the healthy horses should always be handled first
Here are some additional suggestions for reducing your risk:
- Require a current health certificate for new horse arrivals on the farm.
- Ask owners of new horses about a history of strangles and consider testing new horses to see if they are shedding the bacteria.
- If feasible, quarantine new arrivals for two to three weeks and monitor their temperature.
- All horses should have individual water buckets that are routinely disinfected.
- When traveling to shows, minimize your horse’s exposure by bringing your own feed, buckets and equipment. Minimize use of shared stalls or pastures at show grounds.
- If horses are pastured together, group them according to their age and risk level.