IT HAS BEEN POINTED OUT TO US THAT THE RECENT ARTICLE ON STRANGLES BLOOD TESTING IN OUR SUMMER NEWSLETTER COULD BE MISUNDERSTOOD WITH REGARDS THE CHARGE FOR THE TEST. THE LAST THING WE EVER WANT TO DO IS BE MISLEADING. FOR CLARIFICATION THE £39 QUOTED FOR THE TEST IN THE ARTICLE BELOW RELATES TO THE LAB FEES CHARGED BY THE LAB FOR PROCESSING THE SAMPLE. OUR USUAL SERVICE FEES FOR THE VISIT AND FOR THE VET TAKING THE BLOOD WILL STILL APPLY AND BE ADDITIONAL ON THE VISIT. WE HOPE THIS MAKES CHARGES CLEAR AND APOLOGIES FOR ANY CONFUSION CAUSED.
We are still experiencing cases of strangles within the practice area and there have recently been plenty of outbreaks reported nationally in the press. Horses can carry the strangles bacteria without showing symptoms and it is highly likely that there are dozens of horses under our care which are carrying strangles without the owner’s knowledge. These horses could be kept on livery yards and may be attending shows or events so there is a real risk of them spreading the disease.
It is possible to test for recent exposure to strangles by blood sample. Horses with a positive antibody level on blood test should then be endoscoped and further tests carried out to identify if they are a carrier. To help reduce the likelihood of future outbreaks, we encourage owners to have their horses tested and for livery yard owners to consider a testing programme on their yards.
The blood test costs £39. Please contact us for information or to arrange a test for your horse. An information sheet on strangles can be downloaded from our website