Horse insurance policyholders told how to deal with strangles

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Horse insurance policyholders told how to deal with strangles

Horse insurance policyholders have been advised on what steps to take should they suspect that their animals are suffering from strangles.

Last month, it was confirmed that a pony in Guernsey had been identified as having contracted the contagious equine respiratory disease, which can result in serious complications and death if left untreated.

Equestrian events in Guernsey may be affected this summer because of the outbreak.

A spokesperson for World Horse Welfare explained that there are several steps which horse insurance policyholders must take if they suspect an animal may be exhibiting symptoms.

Firstly, any mounts suspected of being infected should be isolated in order to limit the risk of spreading the disease.

This includes allocating separate tools for mucking out, buckets for water and feed and blankets and other equipment, as well as ensuring that boots and overalls are thoroughly disinfected.

"Call your vet immediately," they added. "The vet will be able to diagnosis and treat your horse. Treatment in the early stages will greatly reduce the severity and duration of the illness."

March 24th 2011

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