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    12-23-2009, 11:58 PM
  #1
Yearling
Strangles?!?!

Just found out 2 horses at the barn where I keep willow have been diagnosed with strangles. I had heard of it, but never knew much about it. I was just reading through an article on it and it said it can be FATAL? I'm kinda freaking out now, as it's very contagious and if my horse gets it and gets sick, I am 2 hours away, and plus I couldn't live without her! Has anyone delt with this before? What do I do? I can't see her til Sunday..
     
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    12-24-2009, 12:10 AM
  #2
Showing
I have had several horses get strangles and yes, it is possible for it to be fatal. However, with the level of medical care that our horses have available to them now, it is not a common thing. Most horses that contract strangles are able to fight off the infection themselves. If your horse doesn't get vaccinated for distemper (strangles) or has never had it before, it is likely that they will either get it or become a carrier. This is something that is fixable, so don't get yourself too worried about it. However, many horse owners have their horses vaccinated for it every year, I don't know if you do or not. Just keep an eye on her for signs of illness. If she does show signs, have the vet check her over but don't worry. It is not commonly fatal.
     
    12-24-2009, 12:13 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Highly contagious, YES. Miserable, YES. Pain in the ass, Yess. Fatal, usually not.

Honey had it when I bought her. Had to quarantine her, give her injections, and drain her entire jaw area EVERY DAY!

I had to lance the walnut to softball(there were lots of them) sized abcesses a few times a day and drain the contents into a bucket(about a half cup to a pint would come out each time).

She could not eat for a few days and had me really worried when she seemed to have trouble breathing(hence the name "strangles"), I had to use a cooking baster to force her to drink... You could not see her jawline, her jowls were swollen...
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During healing, you can see the funny angular look to her jaw? That was an abcess I had just drained, I had to bribe her to eat with carrots, though she was only lipping them even at this point. You can see the swelling, her face had no distinction of any bony processes....

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This was the day before she started showing symptoms.

It was miserable.

My advice is to move your horse ASAP, until the whole facility is sanitized and all the horses in residence given the all clear.
OR (if you cannot move her)
Clean anything the infected horses could have come in contact with with a strong bleach solution. Get your horse vetted if it has not had its distemper shot. Make sure the sick animals are quarntined away from your horse. Do not turn your horse out in any paddocks recently used by the infected animals.
     
    12-24-2009, 12:14 AM
  #4
Yearling
Oh, thanks a lot. After I read that paragraph I felt like I got punched in the stomach. Do you think that if I got her vaccinated now, before she shows any symptoms, that it would prevent her from getting it?
     
    12-24-2009, 12:16 AM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Honeysuga    
highly contagious, YES. Miserable, YES. Pain in the ass, Yess. Fatal, usually not.

Honey had it when I bought her. Had to quarantine her, give her injections, and drain her entire jaw area EVERY DAY!

I had to lance the walnut to softball(there were lots of them) sized abcesses a few times a day and drain the contents into a bucket(about a half cup to a pint would come out each time).

She could not eat for a few days and had me really worried when she seemed to have trouble breathing(hence the name "strangles"), I had to use a cooking baster to force her to drink... You could not see her jawline, her jowls were swollen...
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During healing, you can see the funny angular look to her jaw? That was an abcess I had just drained, I had to bribe her to eat with carrots, though she was only lipping them even at this point. You can see the swelling, her face had no distinction of any bony processes....

Attachment 20019

This was the day before she started showing symptoms.

It was miserable.

My advice is to move your horse ASAP, until the whole facility is sanitized and all the horses in residence given the all clear. Get your horse vetted also. Clean anything the infected horses could have come in contact with with a strong bleach solution.
OMG, your poor girl! DO you think it is likely that another barn would take her in, after knowing that she has come into contact with an infected horse?
     
    12-24-2009, 12:20 AM
  #6
Green Broke
Don't panic, please. Mine had a really bad case, as smrobs said some cases are not so severe, some cases can fight it themselves... Just get her checked and hopefully she wi=on't have been exposed to it.

They should have no problem if she has been given the all clear.

But also don't go spending unnecessary dough if it is being properly cared for by the barn staff and other owners.

Maybe, if anything, just look for temporary pasture boarding if you do decide to move her until it clears up...
     
    12-24-2009, 12:24 AM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Honeysuga    
Don't panic. They should have no problem if she has been given the all clear.

But also don't go spending unnecessary dough if it is being properly cared for by the barn staff and other owners.

Maybe, if anything, just look for temporary pasture boarding if you do decide to move her until it clears up...
Ok, maybe for Christmas I'll ask for a vet check for my horse, lol. I doubt the stable is taking care of it properly. Frankly I've been quite fed up with their laziness. I'm going to beg and plead my parents to let me move her until this is all cleared up.
     
    12-24-2009, 12:31 AM
  #8
Showing
I highly doubt that another boarding facility would take her because she is coming from an infected barn and the fact is, if there are 2 horses in the same barn that are showing symptoms, then she has already been exposed. I don't know if being vaccinated at this point would help or not, that would be something to ask your vet. Right now, it is likely that she will either get it or not. It depends on her past experience, if she has had it before, it lessens her chance for getting it again. It also depends on her immunities, some horses who have never had it or been vaccinated can be exposed and never get it.
     
    12-24-2009, 12:55 AM
  #9
Yearling
Yea, that's what I was thinking. Well, maybe if she gets it (praying she doesn't) than I can stay home from school to take care of her. :) And maybe my parents will realize what a crap hole this barn has turned into and let me move her closer to home. Thanks for the help guys, I'm feeling a lot better now.
     
    12-24-2009, 07:24 AM
  #10
Yearling
Dynamite,
I have to agree with smrobs on this. Now that two horses at this barn have already had the signs ...moving her probably wouldn't go over well...
My horse Tiny is a strangles survivor. He is not a carrier. He was soooooo sick. He had it when he was a very little one and the poor guy was sick for a long long while. Rushed to the University vet clinic and almost dead. My dad and the vets nursed him back to health, but the poor little guy never got to grow up with the other foals...running and playing in the pasture. He was isolated and alone. Poor guy.
He is 8 yrs old now and very much alive and full of himself at that!

Keeping everything sanitized and be mindful while your at the barn not to touch anyone else. Never can hurt to call the vet and ask them what other things you might want to do. A phone call is free and sometimes it helps our head to relax a bit!
Hope all goes well....
Halfpass
     

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