I. Lameness & Performance
Black Diamond Equine offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for lameness. Whether your horse jumps, ropes, barrel races, works the ranch or takes you down the trail, our doctors are here to keep your horse in peak performance.
A detailed physical exam is the first step in the process. Each lameness exam is different depending on the history, presentation and physical exam of the horse. In general, you can expect our veterinarians to palpate the horse’s body and limbs, observe the horse at a walk, trot and canter, and perform limb flexions. They may recommend diagnostic services such as ultrasound or digital radiography to further assist in identifying the source of lameness or performance issues.
Ultrasound – Our digital ultrasound machine and high-resolution probes provide our veterinarians with detailed, high-quality images that can identify many of the smallest problems that could contribute to lameness. Ultrasound is indicated in many cases, but it particularly useful when evaluating soft tissue injuries and some joint issues. Ultrasound is also very useful in monitoring healing progress and for guiding injections and other advanced techniques.
Digital Radiography (x-ray) – Our digital radiography presents an image on a computer screen in seconds, giving our doctors clear, detailed images to help us evaluate the bony structures in the horse’s body. This improvement over old-fashioned radiography using film can rule out or confirm a serious injury in seconds. Digital radiography is useful in assisting with therapeutic farrier work and is also used to assist with radiography-guided injections and procedures.
Our team at Black Diamond Equine is continually training in the most current and up-to-date diagnostic services.
ADVANCED REGENERATIVE CARE
Helping the body regenerate a damaged region with it’s own cells in an exciting area of treatment in veterinary medicine today. These advanced treatments include:
- PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
- IRAP (Interlukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein)
- Stem Cell Therapy
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
PRP therapy delivers a high concentration of blood platelets to a lesion, increasing the amount of growth factors and other cells that help aid healing at the site of injury. Our veterinarians inject the concentrated blood platelets, collected from the patient's own blood, directly into the lesion or to multiple areas immediately surrounding the lesion, to aid in healing. This therapy can be used for different injuries including those associated with soft tissue damage as well as for injuries to structures within a joint.
IRAP (Interlukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein)
IRAP is the name of an anti-inflammatory therapy that our doctors often use as an alternative to steroid injections for joint injuries. The use of this therapy blocks one of the major inflammatory substances that the body releases in the event of injury from causing inflammation. Without inflammation, tissue healing can occur in an organized manner and tissue re-injury can be avoided. The process of IRAP production occurs naturally in the horse; however, amplifying the amount of IRAP around the injured area within the joint has a more dramatic and quicker healing effect than the naturally-occurring process.
Stem Cell Therapy
The intent of using regenerative medicine with stem cells is to improve the strength and function of an injured tendon or ligament for successful healing. Stem cells are uniquely able to develop into multiple cell types, such as bone, cartilage, muscle, fat, and others. This therapy has shown promise in treating tendon and ligament injuries as well as advanced joint disease.
Black Diamond Equine uses both bone marrow and fat derived stem cells, as well as autologous donor cells in this advanced therapy. Our veterinarians collect a sample of bone marrow or fatty tissue from your horse, which is then sent to a laboratory for processing. The stem cells are then injected directly into the site of the area that requires treatment where they develop into new cells of the desired tissue type to promote healing.
Ii. General Care
Our doctors are here to help you keep your horse healthy and strong. Annual wellness care is the best way to protect your horse and ensure optimal performance. It allows the doctor to detect and treat health problems before they become serious. Comprehensive preventative care includes regular dental care, vaccinations and deworming, and appropriate nutrition plans. We’re here to help you bring out the best in your horse.
Black Diamond Equine offers complete dentistry care for your horse. Equine dentistry is a key part of comprehensive equine health care, which includes floating and an evaluation of a horse’s entire mouth (teeth, gums, jaw and tongue) for signs of disease as well as a horse’s entire body.
Equine teeth continuously erupt throughout the life of your horse and the development of sharp points and hooks can occur over time based on how they chew and breakdown feed material. Because of this, horses require annual dental attention to prevent the development of permanent dental disorders, irritation to soft-tissue structures in the mouth, dropping feed, and weight loss. The inability to breakdown plant material can lead to impaction of the intestinal system and development of signs related to colic.
Common signs of dental problems include:
• Dropping feed or small bundles of chewed hay
• Difficulty chewing or excessive drooling
• Bad breath
• Poor performance, reluctance to exercise
• Fighting or chewing the bit, head tossing
At BDE, our doctors utilize both motorized and hand-powered tools and provide maintenance and preventative dental care to horses of all ages. All dentistry procedures are performed by licensed veterinarians who are specially trained in equine medicine as well as with specialized equipment. This ensures your horse will have the safest, most comprehensive care available.
Vaccination and Deworming
At Black Diamond Equine, we believe regular care, including vaccinations and deworming, are key to maintaining good health and body condition for your horse. We are here to help you develop a customized and appropriate wellness plan to fit your horse. We advocate regular vaccinations and deworming for all horses, whether you travel frequently or stay close to home. However, our plans can be customized to your horses needs based on history, potential exposure to diseases and routines.
The Team at Black Diamond Equine is here to help you get your horse where you need to go. In order to transport your horse across state/country lines there are specific requirements, including some or all of the following certificates:
- Coggins Test
- Health Certificates
- Livestock Identification/Brand Inspections
Each state has specific travel requirements. Contact our office to schedule an exam for travel requirements and a travel checklist specific to your destination.
Chiropractic care has become an integral part of holistic health care for both humans and animal health. Equine chiropractic focuses on the preservation and health of the neuro-skeletal system. It is designed to work with the natural ability of the body to maintain and heal itself.
Chiropractic care is used to treat soreness, pain, or problems with gait and movement. Treatment benefits include enhanced function, performance and quality of life. Keeping the neuro-skeletal system healthy before symptoms begin helps not only the older horse, but athletes and younger horses as well.
Dr. Paul Edmonds, DVM is Certified Veterinary Chiropractor, certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA).