The time for fall vaccinations has arrived for our equine friends. If your horse travels on a routine basis to shows or trail rides, or otherwise comes in contact with strange horses, the strangles vaccine is one you might want to consider adding to your repertoire.

Strangles is a severe upper respiratory infection characterized by swollen and abscessed lymph nodes. Horses that are affected also display difficulty swallowing, abnormal breathing, fever, and nasal discharge. It can spread by direct horse-to-horse contact, or through shared equipment and even the hands of handlers. Horses that have recovered from strangles can still shed the bacteria without showing any symptoms, so horses living in a facility where another animal has been infected should be vaccinated for the disease.

If you think your horse is a candidate for the strangles vaccine, talk with your veterinarian about the best vaccination protocol. Your horse will thank you!