Phoenix Equine offers portable digital radiography (DR) and ultrasonography (US). Digital radiographs capture the image using a portable detector plate and sends it to the mobile viewing unit for instant review to enable efficient diagnosis. All images can be sent remotely for Radiology Consultation and customer for review.
Ultrasonography uses high-frequency acoustics to digitally evaluate tendons, joints, organs, and reproductive systems. The versatility of US can allow diagnosis, monitoring, and can even guide treatments intralesional and intra-articular therapies.
A chiropractic exam includes a thorough physical exam and observation of the horse in motion. When properly applied by a trained practitioner, alternative medicine can be used in conjunction with traditional sports medicine to give both horse and rider the winning edge. In many instances, performance horses have responded favorably to this treatment. Dr. Easton is certified in veterinary chiropractic and believes a comprehensive approach can help your horse reach their optimal performance within their discipline. A technique called motion palpation is used to diagnose reduced joint mobility and/or malalignment. Dr. Easton implements low amplitude, high velocity adjustments to restore motion to the joint. Proper skeletal alignment can increase innate healing of musculoskeletal injuries, infectious insults, and even organ dysfunction.
Phoenix Equine is proud to offer numerous regenerative therapies that can be integrated into your horse’s treatment regimen for joint disease and musculoskeletal injuries. Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP®), Pro-Stride® APS, and ProVet® APC are all purified and concentrated from the patient’s own blood. The resulting solution is comprised of cells, platelets, growth factors, and anti-inflammatory proteins that help to minimize inflammation, slow degradation, and restore balance to the affected joint.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is similar to IRAP®, however it creates a platelet rich serum containing growth factors that contain regenerative qualities that enhance healing of damaged tissues including tendons, blood vessels, and skin. Platelet Rich Plasma can be used as a bio- scaffolding for wound and soft tissue injuries as well as in orthopedics to treat joint inflammation.
Regenerative products, such as RenoVo® and CenTrate® BMA , are sourced from equine amniotic tissues and bone marrow, respectively. Amnion and amniotic fluid are rich sources of biologically active factors utilized in tissue regeneration and are believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fibrotic properties. We are able to harvest cells from the horse’s own bone marrow, concentrate, and introduce into lesions to help initiate the healing process of cartilaginous lesions, boney defects, and tendon injuries.
Phoenix Equine Veterinary Services offers an Annual Health Package to provide our patients with all their preventative needs each year. The wellness package includes the following:
- Annual Examination
- Internal Organ Health Profile with Complete Blood Count
- Core Vaccines (EEE, WEE, Tetanus, WN, & Rabies)
- Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) or Coggin’s
- Routine Dental Prophylaxis/Float w/ Sedation
- McMaster’s Fecal Analysis
- Customized Deworming Strategy
Annual physical exams, dental evaluation, vaccinations, and strategic deworming will keep your horse performing at the top of their class and ensure their longevity. With the emergence of resistant strains of parasites in the equine population it is very important to create customized strategies for parasite management for your personal horse as well as for herd maintenance.
There is an abundance of commercially available equine vaccines. Phoenix Equine recommends a set of five annual core vaccines for our patients in the Phoenix Valley. These diseases are easy to prevent with proper vaccination and can be fatal if an unvaccinated horse contracts them. For these reasons we recommend that all horses be vaccinated to prevent
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis
- Western Equine Encephalitis
- Tetanus Toxoid
- West Nile Virus
For horses that travel, are housed in boarding facilities, or will be near traveling horses, PEV recommends annual Flu/Rhino and Strangles vaccinations to help prevent these highly contagious respiratory diseases. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your horses, other vaccinations may be recommended to prevent diseases that are rarely encountered within our Arizona deserts, such as Botulism, Potomac Horse Fever, Salmonella, and Leptospirosis. Young horses and broodmares also have a unique set of immunization requirements. Contact our veterinarians to determine the appropriate vaccine protocol to adequately protect your horses’ needs.
Phoenix Equine Veterinary offers complete dentistry services for your horse. We utilize motorized float systems for maintenance and preventive dental care for horses of all ages. Teeth continuously erupt throughout most of a horse’s life. Development of sharp points and malocclusions (bite irregularities) can occur over time which can translate into abnormal behavior in the arena all the way to weight loss and even colic. Because of this, horses require regular dental attention from their two-year old year throughout their retirement years to prevent the development of permanent dental disorders. Radiographic imaging can be performed to diagnose a variety of oral pathologies such as sinus problems, tooth root abscesses, and Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis (EOTRH). Standing oral procedures can be performed with sedation and localized pain management in the field.
- Breeding Soundness Evaluation
- Artificial Insemination with Fresh & Cooled Semen (including deep horn insemination)
- iSperm Semen Analyzer
- Pregnancy Diagnosis
- Twin Reduction
- Treatment and Management of the Sub-Fertile Mare
- Evaluation and Management of High Risk Pregnancy (including CTUP measurement)
- Embryo collection and shipping
- Perinatal and Foal Care
Sub-fertile mares, known as problem mares, should be evaluated and treated prior to the breeding season. Mares considered sub-fertile typically require additional treatment either before, during, and/or immediate post-breeding. It is strongly recommended that the initial exam should include an ultrasound, uterine culture and biopsy, and a complete examination of the external genitalia. Previous breeding history is very important, and should be discussed with your veterinarian as to understand the reason why the mare has become a problem mare.
Caring for the newborn foal starts with the broodmare care. Appropriate nutrition and pre-foaling vaccinations of the broodmare are crucial in producing a healthy foal. The perinatal and pre-foaling vaccines are recommended to ensure appropriate level of immunity in the colostrum. You should always discuss with your veterinarian about the pre-foaling vaccines recommended for your mare.
A normal foal will stand and move around within the first hour of life and nurse by the second hour. By 3 hours, the mare should have passed the placenta (afterbirth); the “1-2-3 Rule of Foaling”. Foals that fail to locate the teat or nurse within 2 hours may need some assistance. If the foal does not abide by the “1-2-3 Rule of Foaling”, you should contact your veterinarian for advice.
The goal is to have adequate colostrum (mother’s first milk) intake before the first 12 hours. Since the foal is immunologically naïve at birth, the foal’s intestinal cells absorb these large antibodies from the colostrum. Intake of colostrum during the first 24 hours is critical to provide immunity, however, after the first 12 hours absorption of those crucial proteins begin to dwindle. This is why early intervention is important! A stall side blood test can be performed by your veterinarian when the foal is 16 -24 hours old to ensure adequate passive transfer of immunity. Foals that have failure of passive transfer or poor colostrum intake can be treated by receiving a plasma transfusion.
Sometimes a foal will refuse to nurse because they have not passed enough meconium (first dark stool), even without showing obvious signs of a meconium impaction. It is recommended to administer one foal enema as soon the foal is able to stand. Navels should be treated every 8 hours for the first 24 hours, either a diluted 0.5% chlorhexidine solution (preferred) or a diluted betadine solution while avoiding strong iodine preparations. If a newborn foal is rolling, switching the tail, or curling their legs when lying down, colic is a likely cause. If you notice any signs of discomfort in your foal, call your veterinarian for advice. (480)621-9293
Foals from mares that receive the appropriate perinatal shots can initiate their vaccine series at 3 to 4 months of age prior to weaning. Booster vaccinations will be formulated with your veterinarian based on the best regimen for the individual. Foals can obtain their first wormer at 30 days.