Strangles is a highly contagious and debilitating equine disease caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi. Strangles is an important disease worldwide because it is highly contagious.
Classic signs of strangles disease include a nasal discharge, swelling/abscessation of the lymph nodes of the head and neck, fever, coughing, difficulty eating and lethargy. The lymph nodes can become so enlarged that swallowing is painful and the trachea or pharynx can be compressed, causing labored breathing (hence the term, “strangles”). The swollen lymph nodes usually burst and drain infectious thick, yellow pus.
In this free report, we provide the horse owner and caretaker with an overview of strangles, the clinical signs, how it’s caused, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.