Pre-Competition Wellness Exam
We are dedicated to providing thorough wellness checks to ensure your equine athlete is performing at their optimal level. Phoenix Equine is available to perform field examination at your barn prior to trailering and is typically within minutes of West World Equestrian Center to offer arena side evaluation.
A pre-purchase exam is an excellent process to screen your next athlete or companion for musculoskeletal, conformational, or other medical issues that may be detrimental to a successful career. Our pre-purchase exam includes a thorough physical, musculoskeletal, ocular, and soundness exam with a brief oral evaluation. Diagnostic imaging (DR and/or US), blood work (screening and drug testing), sedated dental exam, and reproductive evaluation are all options to enhance your pre-purchase exam and are encouraged. Though pre-purchase exams do not provide a guarantee for any horse, however veterinary evaluation prior to purchase is recommended.
Years of experience evaluating lameness, the drive to perfect our diagnostic skills, and the expectation to provide current therapies keeps Phoenix Equine Veterinary at the forefront of equine sports medicine and rehabilitation.
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 such as IRAP, PRP, and other 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 the best and most relevant regenerative therapies for joint disease and musculoskeletal injuries. Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP) is purified and concentrated from the patient’s own blood and then administered to affected joints to minimize inflammation and slow joint degradation.
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.
Anicell is a regenerative product from equine amniotic tissue, that can be used as a bioscaffolding for wound and soft tissue injuries as well as in orthopedics to treat joint problems.
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.