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Re: [RC] Strangles vacination-Beth Walker - Beth Walker

Hold on a bit, there. ?I probably mis-stated some things. ?I wasn't personally involved in the incident, and I never asked for details of how the horses were treated, so I can't say one way or the other whether they isolated horses or not, or what vaccination protocol was followed. ?BTW - this was a boarding facility, not a "ranch" ranch. ?:)

On the other hand, I **do** know that some horses in the place had already had strangles vaccine before this incident -- they had been vaccinated all along and were up to date -- and they still got strangles. ?The vets were not impressed with how the vaccine worked. ?Add the above-normal complications, and they decided to stop recommending it.

When my vet talked to me about it, he quoted a rather unimpressive percentage for protection -- can't remember exactly -- that he had gotten from the vaccine manufacturer.

On Aug 13, 2007, at 8:36 AM, Milroy Grosse wrote:



Beth Walker <bwalker2@xxxxxxx> wrote:

I'll chime in with agreement with Raven and Karen -- my vet used to
recommend the strangles vaccine, but no longer does. They will give
it if you want, but they had a bad experience themselves, kind of
similar to Karens. A horse on a ranch got strangles, and they
recommended vaccinating all of the other horses. Most of them got
strangles anyway, and some got very, very sick.
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I would have to say that in this case the horses were treated wrong.? I was told that if you have a horse at a barn that comes up with strangles, you should divide the horses into three groups.....
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Group 1.? Horses with obvious symptoms of strangles should be isolated and treated only.
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Group 2.? Horses with known exposure to sick horses should be isolated and watched for 10 days or so for symptoms...or I guess could be treated as a precaution.? If no symptoms arise..vaccinate
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Group 3.? Horses that are known to not have contact should be isolated and vaccinated.
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If the horses were already exposed then the vaccine will not have any protective effect.


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Re: [RC] Strangles vacination-Beth Walker, Milroy Grosse