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post #1 of 7 Old 04-26-2012, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Strangles carrier?

So two of my horses seemed to have a cold or allergies. My mare always struggles this time of year with swollen runny eyes (allergies) so I thought no big deal. My gelding had a slight random cough and runny eyes (I thought allergies), neither had/have nasal discharge. All three horses are eating, drinking, passing normally. My gelding is acting fine now, no more cough and his eyes are cleared up, the other gelding is fine.

BUT, I was feeling around on them and all three have "slightly" enlarged lymphs if I feel for them and my mare is swollen under her jawline.
Going to rect her in a bit and I'm calling the vet in the morning, he's off today. All three are breathing normally, my mare has been in so she is bossy and crabby but still her normal sleepy self when I'm out there so it's hard to determine if she's lethargic.


SO, these three have been together since December. No signs of illness, all UTD on shots done in the fall. All three are acting normally, eating, drinking, playing, romping and galloping around in the evenings. I've been watching them closely! They are 100% isolated, no other horses within 12 miles, haven't been anywhere in two months and only then on a couple isolated trail rides.


COULD one of my horses be a strep carrier and infected them after being together for over 5 months and just now think I have an outbreak?

Vet is being called out asap to check them.

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That's one of the things we test for here at work. (Arkansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab) It's possible for a horse to carry this particular germ for years although most do not carry that long.
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Great. Does anyone know if three horses pastured together for months would suddenly break out for no apparent reason? What else could be going on?
This is insanity and until the vet gets here I'm pretty worried.

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I know nothing about strangles so *hugs* but with your mare and her swollen runny eyes, has she had her eyes checked by the vet/do you know 100% that it's allergies?

I'm just asking because (not to scare you more) my mare has had similar symptons for the entire time I've owned her (4 years) with constantly runny eyes on sunny days, sometimes her eyes are a little swollen, etc, and she was just diagnosed with Uveitis/Moon Blindness that she's apparently had for years without my knowledge.
In her case, the slightly swollen eyes and the runniness where symptoms of that condition and I had just figured that she was sensitive to flies in her eyes/had allergies. :/

I hope they don't have a nasty bug! I will think them healthy thoughts and you reassuring ones. :)

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Thanks Wallaby!
She's been checked and it's just seasonal so we are 99.9% sure it's allergies, whew!
As far as the bug, argggggg. I just went out and she's not feeling too good, following me around, standing with her head lower than normal... No runny nose, maybe a tiny bit of clear, her eyes have cleared up, now just the swollen jawline.
Checked the geldings out and Rick was really sweaty around his belly/boy parts?

This is the worst time for an illness. Flies, gnats, it's getting hot and humid. Waiting for hub to get home before I go take her temp, this is crazy!
I've never dealt with strangles so I'm unsure if ti actually is. Actually this is the first time I've thought my horses had an illness EVER.
I just can't believe they would break out NOW. The mare especially since she's so healthy and they are all fat and happy right now.

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My draft cross had it as well as the most of the herd he was with as a foal (~ 200 other horses). Other than monitoring he needed no special care and got over it quickly.
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So is the only reason you suspect strangles because the lymph nodes are swollen? Allergies causes them to swell since allergies are an autoimmune problem. Lymph nodes can swell from a cold, allergies and even a minor infection. Also in humans allergies can cause a slight fever so I wouldn't worry about that either. But I wouldn't worry too much until you talk to the vet.
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