Thermography is a non-invasive technique, whereby a camera with a sensor measures the infra-red emissions from a horse’s body. Once the information is recorded, it enters the camera and the temperature variations are depicted in the display with different colors corresponding to different temperatures.
In the process of trying to diagnose and treat a lameness, a collaborative relationship with a farrier is essential. There are times when a change in shoeing will be integral to improving a horse's soundness. Fortunately we have a number of experienced farriers in our area that have been great to work with over the years.
Shockwaves are high-pressure, low frequency sound waves, generated by a device outside the body and applied to the affected tissue in a site-specific manner. When the shockwaves meet tissue interfaces of different densities, the energy contained in the shockwaves is released and interacts with the tissue. The shockwaves appear to relieve pain and accelerate healing within the injured tissue.
Regenerative Medicine and Advanced Diagnostics
Regenerative Medicine is a relatively new topic that has generated tremendous interest in human and equine medical fields. Stem Cells are probably the first types of treatment that most people think of under this topic, but there are others with equally exciting benefits. In the following article I will delve into these treatments and explain how they are revolutionizing our approach to recovering horses with lameness issues.
Osphos and Tildren
These two drugs are doing more to revolutionize the treatment and management of equine bone and joint disease than any other. Up until recently the FDA has made it difficult to access Tildren as it could only be imported through a special process. Most of the early work with Tildren had been conducted in Europe. The good news is that now both medications are available in the US which will be of tremendous benefit to numerous horses. The treatment protocols have changed with time, but the enthusiasm for these medications has grown immensely.
Pre-purchase exams are performed as an aid to help the purchaser make an informed decision on the suitability of a horse prior to purchase. There are numerous factors that may affect the decision making process, such as whether the horse has done the type of work intended, whether it has physical or training limitations, whether it will be a suitable investment and whether any of the problems uncovered during an exam can be managed in the future.