Equine sports medicine is a growing field developed to maintain the soundness and health of our equine athlete partners, with the purpose of preventing or minimizing injury as best we can. Whether your horse is showing an obvious lameness or has a general lack in performance, our doctors utilize a systematic detailed approach to find the root source of pain and develop a treatment plan that is right for you and your horse. With the most current in diagnostic imaging abilities available on the farm and our dedication to stay up-to-date on diagnostic and treatment options, your horse is in good hands.
Allen Equine Vet is dedicated to finding the reason for lameness in the most efficient and cost-effective way while still finding an accurate answer. Each horse is treated on an individual basis; our diagnostic and treatment plans are tailored to meet your horse’s needs as well as your own.
A gastroscope is a long camera that is passed through the horse's nostril, esophagus, and into the stomach to diagnose Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS). Our portable 3.3 meter endoscope allows us to visualize the entire stomach and even into the pylorus, the entrance to the small intestine. Gastric ulcers are very common - studies have shown that 60-90% of horses in training and even 11% of pastured horses experience ulcers. We can help you to develop a treatment plan and management techniques that will help to prevent ulcers in the future.
We can also utilize this scope to visualize the upper respiratory tract. Upper airway issues can cause poor performance, respiratory noise, and decreased exercise tolerance or fatigue.
We recommend a thorough physical exam and soundness evaluation before purchasing your next equine partner.
Regenerative therapies are used to treat inflammation and injury using the body’s own healing properties. Pro-Stride is a concentrate of anti-inflammatory proteins used to treat inflammation secondary to arthritis (click to learn more!). Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is concentrate of platelet cells which are the ‘first responders’ to injury that form a scaffold for healing and recruit other healing factors from the rest of the body. PRP can be injected directly into a tendon or ligament tear to improve healing, using ultrasound guidance for accurate delivery to the lesion.
Other regenerative therapies include stem cells (used for joint and injury inflammation) and IRAP, an anti-inflammatory protein made by the body. These will be available at AEVS in the future!
Shockwave Therapy - this is a high energy focused sound wave directed at injured tendon, ligament, or bone. It helps to reduce inflammation, reduce pain, improve blood flow, and stimulate the healing process.