Strangles is a common condition in equine practice with high morbidity. Management of outbreaks is complicated by the development of asymptomatic carriers with the causative organism (Streptococcus equi var equi) being retained within the guttural pouch1,2. This Bright Veterinary Idea looks at the use of a reverse thermodynamic gel to manage chronic shedding in equine strangles.
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Newton, J. R., Verheyen, K., Talbot, N. C., Timoney, J. F., Wood, J. L. N., Lakhani, K. H. and Chanter, N. (2000), Control of strangles outbreaks by isolation of guttural pouch carriers identified using PCR and culture of Streptococcus equi. Equine Veterinary Journal, 32 (6), pp. 515–526. http://dx.doi.org/10.2746/042516400777584721
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