How do I protect my horse from strangles?

How do I protect my horse from strangles?

Protecting Your Horse Biosecurity protocols such as observation and screening of newly arriving horses help to prevent the spread of disease. However, vaccination is the best way to combat strangles. Pinnacle® I.N. is the only two-dose, modified-live bacterial vaccine developed to help prevent strangles.

How can you prevent strangles from spreading?


  1. Ensuring that the yard is not overcrowded.
  2. Avoid sharing tack or equipment from horses of an unknown health status.
  3. At shows/when away from the yard do not allow your horse to touch horses of an unknown health status.
  4. Ensure that new arrivals to the yard are quarantined for at least 2 weeks.

How long does strangles live on surfaces?

Strangles can stay active in water buckets and moist areas for four to six weeks, and the bacteria can survive for about one to three days in drier areas such as on fencing or in soil.

How contagious is horse strangles?

Strangles is highly contagious. It can spread rapidly from animal to animal and is one of the more common bacterial infections of horses. How does it spread? The disease is spread via nasal secretions (snorting, coughing, physical nose-to-nose contact) and pus from draining abscesses.

How do you disinfect after strangles?

Kill the bacteria easily by heat and disinfectants such as an iodine-based disinfectant, chlorhexidine, or hot steam spray. Eliminating its spread will require steps such as: Cleaning and disinfecting water buckets and feed containers daily.

How do you deal with strangles?

The best treatment at this point is to flush the drainage site, keep the area as clean as possible, and to maintain strict isolation of the ill horse. If your horse was stabled near one who had strangles at a show or rodeo, it is reasonable to treat it with antibiotics for at least six days after exposure.

Can strangles be prevented?

To protect your other horses, strangles often requires a quarantine of several weeks. How Can You Prevent Your Horse from Contracting Strangles? Fortunately, strangles is preventable through vaccination.

Can humans catch strangles?

Transmission to Humans. In rare cases, humans have contracted infections from the bacteria that cause Strangles. To prevent human infection, people caring for horses with Strangles should avoid getting any nasal or abscess discharge from the horse on their eyes, nose, or mouth.

Is Lysol toxic to horses?

Leave the boots outside the enclosure to dry. Cover or discard Lysol solution for safety (it’s toxic if swallowed.) When tending to more than one horse, take care of the sick one last.

How long does strangles bacteria live on clothes?

Our results indicate that direct contact with horses can result in bacterial contamination of clothes and concurrent spread to other horses and horse establishments, and in particular that S. equi can survive at least 24 hours on such fabrics.

How does strangles affect the horse?

It affects horses, donkeys and ponies of all ages, breed and sex. The bacteria often infect the lymph nodes around the jaw, causing them to become swollen. In severe cases they can become so swollen that horses struggle to breathe properly, hence the name ‘Strangles’.

Can equine strangles affect other animals?

We know that an infected horse can spread strangles to any animal in the equine species, whether another horse, or donkey or mule, but given circumstances, it’s possible that non-equine species could contract the disease as well.

What are biosecurity measures in horse racing?

Biosecurity measures should include: quarantine and screening of all new arrivals, appropriate disinfection and cleaning of potentially contagious equipment, and education of caretakers on proper hygiene. Appropriate quarantine can be challenging on farms where there is frequent movement of horses during breeding, racing, or show seasons.

What is strangles in horses?

Disease caused by Streptococcus equiin horses, commonly referred to as strangles, was reported by Jordanus Ruffus in 1251. Although the official name of the causative agent is S. equisubsp. equi,we have decided to use the descriptive term S. equithroughout the consensus statement based on its widespread usage in the scientific literature.

What is the official name of the causative agent for equine strangles?

Although the official name of the causative agent is S. equisubsp. equi,we have decided to use the descriptive term S. equithroughout the consensus statement based on its widespread usage in the scientific literature. Strangles is a costly, worldwide, highly infectious upper respiratory disease of the equine.

What is biosecurity?

Biosecurity is a set of management practices that reduces the potential for the introduction or spread of disease-causing agents. Help prevent the introduction and spread of exotic and notifiable diseases. Control diseases that may occur eg strangles or equine influenza. Keep your horse healthy and reduce costs.