Annual vaccinations plans, regularly teeth control, deworming, feeding programs and bloodwork are the basics for a healthy horse.
Emergencies include colic, lacerations/wounds, choke (oesophageal obstruction), respiratory issues (hives), fever, acute lameness, laminitis, acute eye problems (trauma) in horses.
Lameness and poor performance examination.
Lameness in horses is a clinical sign, not a disease per se. A treatment plan should be formulated after thoroughly investigation of the underlying cause of the lameness (lameness exam).
Managing joint disease in horses is maybe one of the most common problems in equine practice we deal with. Osteoarthritis (inflammation of the joint) in the horse is the most common cause of lameness in horses, with a huge medical and economic impact worldwide. Either sport- or pleasure horses, the most common cause of osteoarthritis are repetitive cyclic low-grade “traumas”.
In addition to NSAIDs, the following treatment options are available:
- Hyaluronic acid Studies from researchers have shown that the administration of loading dose ( i.v) of hyaluronic acid (once weekly x 4 weeks) and then once monthly improved joint health and the horses were clinically less lame.
Pentosan polysulfated sodium It works as chondroprotective. Studies have shown that decreases cartilage fibrillation and increase chondroitin sulfate concentration in the joint after i.m. administration.
Corticosteroids (glucocorticoids) Within this group of drugs some horses showed unwanted side-effects (increased risk of laminitis). Although a relative small percentage, it shouldn’t be used in those horses with metabolic issues and patients with history of laminitis.
Stem cell therapy
PRP (platelet rich plasma) autologous (own) blood therapy with a platelet concentrate. The therapeutic effect is eased by the liberation of different growth factors by the platelets.
IRAP® Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein therapy (Irap) was developed to counteract the inflammatory protein interleukin-1 that is produced in the joint during the inflammatory process (synovitis) and to slow progression of degenerative joint disease.
Muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints (musculoskeletal system).
Corrective shoeing after an exact diagnosis is a crucial factor in the therapy of horses dealing with distal limb problems. Here we work with farriers side by side according to each horses need.
Regular teeth control is not only an important part of general care of the horse health, but also critical on their clinical manifestation while ridden. At least a yearly control is our advice.
Loss weight investigation.
Equine airway endoscopy.
- It´s a common diagnostic technique in order to investigate the cause of different diseases that affect the respiratory tract.
- Abdominal cavity (Digestive System).
- Thorax / Lungs (Respiratory System).