Horse in Barn in Norco, CA

Services

We are passionate about providing horse owners with the most up-to-date equine health care available. With our integrated team approach you can rest assure that your horse will receive the most current and effective treatment possible to bring your champion back to health. We believe that your horses deserve the best care possible, and we care for your horse as deeply as you do.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment and provide your horses with the quality health care they deserve, contact us today at 951-737-1615!

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You are vital to our success and the success of your patients. As the referring veterinarian, we know you have built a lasting relationship with the client and their equine companions. We want to keep you informed with every case you send in for observation, surgery, diagnostic workups or medical conditions that require hospitalization. We also would like to offer to you limited PCR testing, laboratory testing, shared technology and client education seminars to inform your clients of the advancements available. We would like to be an extension of your practice to your clients. Please call us at 951-737-1615 or e-mail us at rdvmsupport@socalequinehospital.com and we can discuss the possibilities.

Digital Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs; including the heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, intestines, blood vessels, uterus, bladder, and ovaries. Also used to view joints, tendons and muscle groups for lameness issues. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs. This enables your health care team to see the dynamic functions of the area imaged. Ultrasound is a quick, safe and painless examination.

Digital ultrasound is the latest generation of ultrasound equipment. It is more reliable, easier to use and provides better images than the older analog ultrasound equipment. Another benefit is the digital recordings produced, which become a part of your computerized medical records.

Endoscopy

An instrument used to look inside the body. During this type of exam, the instrument is placed into a natural opening and the cavity examined.

Fiber optic endoscope is the currently the portable endoscope most commonly used for horses. This type of endoscope is a waterproof rubber tube with a bundle of optical fibers inside. A connected light source creates a bright light that travels along the fibers to illuminate the specific area of the horse, and the light is then carried back along the fiber bundles to the eyepiece through which the doctor examines the horse. One person can view the images at a time.

Video endoscopes is a more sophisticated endoscope with a microchip video camera at the tip. This camera captures the images that can then be viewed on a television monitor. This type of endoscope provides a brighter and crisper image that several people can see at one time. This videos can also be recorded and saved for future viewing.

Equinosis® Q with Lameness Locator®

This platform is a handheld system that works in real-time to help us measure a horse’s lameness with sensors in a non-surgical, non-invasive manner.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment

A process where blood is taken from the horse. The platelets are concentrated into an injection and the platelets are placed into the injured area to allow the body to heal faster and stronger.

Stem Cell Therapy

A process where stem cells are taken from dental pulp origin and injected into the horse to assist in healing of an injury. Common places where stem cells are injected are in joints, tendons, muscles, and a treatment for laminitis.

IRAP Treatment

Interleukin Receptor Antagonists Protein (IRAP) treatments decrease inflammation in the area affected by the injury. This treatment should be considered for joints, tendons and ligaments.

Colic Surgery

Horses are especially prone to developing colic, or abdominal pain. Most causes of abdominal pain, such as gas, are not serious and will pass with time. But colic can be caused by a life-threatening condition, such as a malformation of the organs or a foreign object in the intestines. In these cases, it is essential that your horse undergoes surgery. Our doctors will be able to diagnose the cause of the colic and to determine if surgical treatment is necessary.

Wound Reconstructions

If your horse suffers a wound, we can provide a grafting or other reconstructive surgery to ensure it heals properly and doesn’t cause any future issues.

Fracture Repair

Although any horse can break a bone, performance horses are especially vulnerable to leg fractures. A horse with a fracture can suffer a severe amount of pain. Using screws and plates, we are able to realign the bone to heal back together, without it being necessary for your horse to keep the weight off of the fractured area.

Respiratory Tract Surgery

A respiratory tract issue can significantly affect your horse’s performance by inhibiting their ability to breathe and take in a sufficient amount of oxygen to reach the muscles. Respiratory tract surgery is the best way to cure any abnormalities in the respiratory tract.

Arthroscopy & Standing Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a surgery during which we can examine and then treat problems in the joint, including fractures, abnormalities and injuries. We can perform the surgery with the horse under general anesthesia, or with the horse sedated while standing.

Laparoscopy

A laparoscopy is a procedure in which we insert a small instrument with an attached camera through a small incision in the horse, and then complete a surgery through the incision. This procedure is used to treat a range of gastrointestinal, urinary tract and reproductive organ issues.

Laser

Using a diode laser, we can perform a range of minimally invasive surgeries for your horse’s comfort. When using a laser, generally the horse will not need anesthesia and will experience reduced side effects and have a shorter recovery time.

Cheek Tooth Removal

We perform a cheek tooth removal when a horse has a broken or severely decayed tooth, an abscess, or periodontitis. A cheek tooth is a horse’s molar.

Sinus Surgery

Sinus issues can cause pain and discomfort in a horse and can affect their ability to properly breathe. Sinus surgery can cause relief as well as improve your horse’s performance.

Laryngeal Surgery

Laryngeal surgery is used to treat laryngeal hemiplegia, which is a condition that paralyzes one half of the voice box. This condition makes it difficult for the horse to breathe properly, because one of the vocal folds then blocks the horse’s airway. In laryngeal surgery, we either tie back the fold so it can no longer obstruct the airway, or we remove the vocal cords altogether.

Acupuncture

Medical acupuncture is the placement of small sterile needles in to specific points of the body. points chosen have nothing to do with “energy flow” but corresponds to the underlying nerves, vessels and myofascial planes. It is increasingly being used for conditions such as chronic pain, performance issues, injury rehabilitation, and specific disease processes such as laminitis.

Laser Therapy

Low level laser therapy (LLLT)can improve healing and accelerate tissue repair, regeneration and remodeling of tissue. Can be used to treat a variety of conditions such as open wounds, tissue edema, and tendon/ligament injuries.

Kinesiology Taping

Equine kinesiology taping methods are used for conditions affection athletic performance. Tape placement can be used to enhance training, conditioning, and aid in rehabilitation and clinical recovery.

Saddle Fit Evaluation

Improperly fitted saddle can affect gait, personality and success under saddle. Using both static and dynamic parameters a solution can be found to aid in reaching the horse’s potential.

Nutrition

Proper nutrition is essential for equine health and performance. Through analysis of current energy balance and fitness level, a tailored ration can be formulated to meet the need of each horse.

Conditioning Services

Proper conditioning is essential for continued health and successful performance. Programs can be tailored to enhance athletic potential and aid in preventing injuries.

Cryotherapy

Cold therapy—is one of the most effective treatments for relieving soft tissue-related aches and pains of hardworking horses but one of the most under-utilized of all therapies. The therapy along with compression aids in bring horses back quicker to work and treatment of specific diseases.

Surgery

Whether your horse needs an emergency service for colic, a fracture, or any other severe health issue, we will provide surgical care as soon as possible. We are able to quickly diagnose the problem and then perform the necessary procedure to get your horse back to health.

Fluid Therapy

Through fluid therapy, we can administer IV fluids to your horse, providing them with necessary medication quickly. Based on your horse’s needs, whether they are dehydrated or are undergoing surgery, we will determine the correct type and amount of medication they need.

Colic Support

If your horse is experiencing abdominal pain, it can stem from a range of problems. We will quickly diagnose the issue and provide the necessary treatments, whether it be medications, supplements (link to Pharmacy), dietary changes or surgery.

Wound Treatment

When your horse is wounded, you will want to seek treatment right away. Depending on the severity of the wound, we will provide the proper care so your horse can heal quickly and experience pain relief.