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Expert reveals symptoms of strangles disease

Friday, 11th March 2011

An expert has revealed whether or not a horse needs pet medication for strangles disease by revealing the signs and symptoms of the condition.

A spokesperson from World Horse Welfare, a charity dedicated to giving abused and neglected horses a second chance in life, has explained that the first symptoms of the disease normally appear between two and six days after the horse is infected.

She said: "The horse will appear depressed and dull. Loss of appetite is due to the illness itself in the early stages.

"In the early stages of the disease, there is a thin, watery discharge from the horse's nostrils. This soon changes to a thick, yellow discharge. Swellings under the jaw become visible."

They added that swelling underneath the animals jaw becomes visible and the horse may make "strangling sounds" as it breaths - which is where the name originates from.

Strangles disease is spread when the nasal discharge of the horse contaminates pastures, barns and feed troughs, among other places.