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Although Strangles is not as deadly as some other diseases, it is one of the
toughest horse ailments.  Once a horse is infected, it can be so severe, and
hard to contain because of its contagious nature.  It is an upper respiratory
disease caused by the bacteria Streptococcus equi that mainly infects young
and naive horses.  It is a blockage of the airway that leads to suffocation. The
infection enters through nasal and oral routes and is carried by infected
purulent material.

Some classic clinical signs of strangles include:

  • Nasal shedding and lymphadenopathy followed by a fever
  • Depression
  • Anorexia
  • Nasal discharge

Accurate diagnosis can be achieved from the use of a bacterial culture of
nasal swabs from an abscessed lymph node.  If the horse is believed to be
infected, it should be isolated immediately to prevent the infection of other
animals.  The use of penicillin is strongly discouraged as it causes the horse
to be even more miserable and restless.  It also causes Bastard Strangles,
which spreads the infection to the thorax, abdomen, and brain.

Current Therapies  
The use of Karbo Combo, in field studies, has proven effective in resolving
the symptoms associated with Strangles.

Karbo Combo consists of encapsulated enzymes, vitamins, bacteria, and
large numbers of mannan, and glucan oligosaccharides.  In addition, the
formula also contains glycocomponents necessary for tying up and
neutralizing various toxins.

The objective of Karbo Combo is to attach and bind to the surface lectins of
pathogenic viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and toxins, therefore rendering them
incapable of colonization and reproduction.  The stimulation and
modulation of the complex immune system by this formulation is not clearly
understood at this time.

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Gomer's Inc.
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