Strangles can be unpleasant and painful for the horse, difficult for the vet to treat and a management nightmare for yard owners. Once one horse has been found to have this infectious disease, all others in contact with it are at risk.

Caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi (Strep. equi), it is one of the most common equine respiratory infections in the world. It can affect horses of all ages and types.

The bacterium enters the lymph glands via the respiratory tract and may harbour in the guttural pouch. The lymph nodes swell and may rupture, shedding the bacteria into the environment.

Some classic clinical signs of strangles include:
  • Nasal shedding and lymphadenopathy followed by a fever
  • Depression
  • Anorexia
  • Nasal discharge

Current Therapies for Horses with Strangles

The use of Karbo Combo®, in field studies, has proven very effective in resolving the symptoms of Strangles. The objective of Karbo Combo® is to attach and bind to the surface lectins of pathogenic viruses, bacteria, protozoa and toxins, therefore rendering them incapable of colonization and reproduction.

Accurate diagnosis can be achieved from the use of a bacterial culture of nasal swabs from an abscessed lymh node. If the horse is believed to be infected it should be isolated immediately to prevent the infection of other animals. The use of penicillin is strongly discouraged as it causes the horse to be even more miserable and restless. It also causes Bastard Strangles, which spreads the infection to the thorax, abdomen and brain.

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Karbo Combo®

Recommended amount of Karbo Combo®
for horses with Strangles:
Animal Weight Amount Frequency
Foals 1/2 ounce AM&PM
400# 1/2 ounce AM&PM
600# 3/4 ounce AM&PM
800# 1 ounce AM&PM
1000# 1 1/2 ounces AM&PM
1500# 2 ounces AM&PM

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