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    01-26-2011, 04:40 AM

So I have a 12yr old gelding at a stable by my house. He's been there for a year now and they have just recently had an outbreak of strangles (started about 2 or so weeks ago) outside...he was outside but was moved in before anyone had any abscesses or any signs of strangles. The horses that were next to him out there were all diagnosed with strangles. Up until last night he seemed fine, no temp, no abscesses, no runny nose...nothing. Last night I went out to see him and he wasn't quite himself. He kindove seemed depressed, his eyes were glazed, lazy (i didn't ride him, just put him on the lunge to see how he was....i haven't ridden him since we found out strangles was going around) no runny nose, no temp, no abscesses, no cough. When I put him back in his stall I noticed he hadn't eaten all his grain and he still had a bit of hay left. I talked to my BO today and she said he spent a good half the day laying down under his shelter. We are doing a mass vaccination as soon as the vet can get out. Strangles is one thing I have never had to deal with so what i'm wondering is, I have heard that horses can get the abscesses in their stomach ect, is it possible that's whats happening? Also, until the vet can get out, is there any extra precautions I can take, or things to watch for? Also, he is blanketed, should I leave his blanket on till he gets vaccinated then take it and wash it?or should I wash it now? I don't want him to freeze. Thanks for your help. Sorry it's so long
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    01-26-2011, 02:55 PM
    01-26-2011, 03:04 PM
Typical Strangles is just a nasty nasty infection. It usually shows itself with a fever and the abscesses around the throat latch.

******* Strangles will show up in the gut, in between the thighs and in other, random places. Occasionally it will show in the chest.

For straight up strangles, the treatment is usually antibiotics and stall rest along with TOTAL quarantine. It is spread through the pus that seeps out of the wounds.

For ******* strangles, you will need a more aggressive approach. Each case of BS is different and needs a vet immediately.
    01-26-2011, 03:09 PM
Originally Posted by dashforcache    
what i'm wondering is, I have heard that horses can get the abscesses in their stomach ect, is it possible that's whats happening? Also, until the vet can get out, is there any extra precautions I can take, or things to watch for?
Organ abscesses are called ******* Strangles.

Your vet can pull blood and have the fibrinogen level checked to see if it is elevated. I believe he would be running a low grade fever. That is typically the first clinical sign of strangles.

This site information is basic and to the point:

Strangles (also known as horse distemper)
    01-26-2011, 03:10 PM
Let me add that strangles is VERY easily spread. You can pick it up on your boots, the pitchfork, or the wheel barrow, etc. It is very easy for it to spread from one area of the barn to another.

If your horse is not showing any symptoms of strange and is not eating and laying down quite a bit I might look at colic.
    01-26-2011, 03:12 PM
Green Broke
I wouldn't feed him alot of hard stuff like pellets..soak his feed and hay before you feed sister's pony she grew up with had strangles for about a week and she seemed to be getting better but went down hill quick and she started to choke on her food..she was like 28 and died a few weeks later..She just couldn't come back from it. So all I know to tell you is to be careful what you feed him. I've seen a few others horses have strangles and come right back from it.
    01-26-2011, 03:59 PM
Thanks everyone, the vet will be out friday, I never even thought of pitchforks ect. All my tack was brought home to be cleaned right away and is still here. Except his halter and blanket because I wasn't sure if I should unblanket him in the cold. I'm heading out there shortly so I will keep everyone posted on his condition...

Drumrunner, he just gets hay (obviously) and a little bit of cob with oil and flax (once a day)
    01-31-2011, 04:02 PM
Well, the vet came out on friday and vaccinated and on saturday chance had yellow snot starting I was out yesterday and he was swollen under his jaw, today I got a call that the BO just got him eating by about 930 and he's really snotty and I have to come out and take his temp
    01-31-2011, 04:39 PM
Hope Chance is feeling better quickly.
    01-31-2011, 09:49 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Hope Chance is feeling better quickly.
thanks, me too

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