Most cases of Strangles are uncomplicated. They resolve with time and some basic treatment. However, occasionally the organism that causes Strangles (Streptococcus equi), can end up in unlikely places such as the abdomen, where it can cause a life-threatening disease.
Internal abscesses can result in weight loss, abdominal pain (colic), fever, depression and a variety of other more severe symptoms and complications.
If Strangles affects a population of horses, it is critical to be on the lookout during and after the outbreak for horses with this atypical and potentially more serious form of this disease.
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Prognosis & Relevant Factors
Prognosis is fair to poor and depends on how sick the horse is by the time the problem is diagnosed, their body condition, age, and overall health.
Horses that are in shock or in poor body condition have a worse prognosis.
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