Integrative Equine Medicine, Wellness, Internal Medicine, and Preventative Care
We have the facilities, experience, and diagnostic tools to help make the correct diagnosis and provide progressive treatment options, including stem cell therapy, IRAP, PRP, and extra corporal shockwave therapy.
Digital radiography, or digital X-ray, is a wonderful new development in equine veterinary practice. Our portable digital imaging system provides immediate high-resolution images that can be enhanced to reveal problems that might not be seen using traditional X-ray technology. Digital x-rays reduce exam time because each image is captured, verified, and clinically reviewed in seconds. Clients receive on-site diagnosis that enables on the spot, stall side, diagnostic and therapeutic decision making.
Our portable digital ultrasound unit allows detailed visualization of soft tissue structures including tendon and ligament injury, lungs, eyes, and internal organs.
We also use digital ultrasound in fetal monitoring.
We have a well-equipped laboratory in the clinic which allows for informed decision making as well as thorough monitoring of intensive care, chronic or surgical cases.
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a new technology for treating equine musculoskeletal problems, soft-tissue injuries, and bone injuries. ESWT is a non-invasive modality used to return horses to work more quickly.
ESWT works from outside the body (extracorporeal). The machine generates high-intensity shock or pressure waves, which pulse into the injured tissue. It helps alleviate pain, swelling, and accelerates the healing process. This technology has become very useful for the management of ligamentous and tendon injuries.
Stem Cell Therapy
Equine tendon, ligament, and joint injuries are some of the most debilitating, and some of the most frequently seen, in clinical veterinary practice. Such injuries lead to joint instability, degenerative joint disease, and reduced performance and lack of use.
Traditional therapies address the inflammatory process and pain, yet have not successfully addressed the regeneration of these tissues that often result in scar tissue formation and partial or full loss of function.
Stem cells currently are obtained from the horse’s own bone marrow or fat, which are then processed and re-injected back into the injured tissue, providing the opportunity for a stronger, more durable repair of the injured tissue.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
PRP therapy offers a promising solution to accelerate healing of tendon injuries and osteoarthritis naturally, without subjecting the patient to significant risk. PRP is an emerging treatment in a new health sector known as “Orthobiologics.” The philosophy is to merge cutting edge technology with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Platelets were initially known to be responsible for blood clotting. In the last 20 years we have learned that when activated in the body, platelets release healing proteins called growth factors. There are many growth factors with varying responsibilities, however cumulatively they accelerate tissue and wound healing. When injected into inflamed or injured tissue, we are able to deliver a powerful cocktail of growth factors that can dramatically enhance tissue recovery. This procedure can be done on an outpatient basis at the clinic.
IRAP Therapy (Interleukin -1 Receptor Antagonist Protein)
“Therapeutic proteins from the patient… for the patient.” IRAP™ therapy utilizes your patient’s own blood and natural healing mechanisms. The patented irap syringe produces autologous conditioned serum (ACS), which contains active quantities of anti-inflammatory and regenerative cytokines. The IRAP syringe contains specially treated glass beads that stimulate the white blood cells to produce the anti-inflammatory and regenerative cytokines. The whole blood is incubated overnight and then centrifuged to collect serum. The serum produced is then re-injected back into the patient, be it an orthopedic joint, a chronically sore navicular area, or an inflamed tendon sheath, working to decrease the inflammatory process and thus helping to improve comfort and slowing the degenerative process.