Dynamic Endoscopy

We are very pleased to announce that dynamic endoscopy is now available at Rainland Farm Equine Clinic. The new endoscopy unit by Tele-View is easy to fit the horse, provides a stable high-quality image and allows the examination to be performed under natural training conditions.

Due to the dynamic nature of the upper airway of the horse, examination during exercise has been the gold standard of airway evaluations. This has been limited to high-speed treadmill examinations for many years and often suboptimal in simulating head carriage and collection induced airway obstructions in the sport horse.

Dynamic endoscopy allows horses to perform working speeds without altering performance, allowing high-speed evaluation on the farm at the speed and distance the horse normally performs. Safety and reliability of dynamic endoscopy in racing thoroughbreds and harness horses were first reported by Desmaizieres LM et. al. in 2009. Since this study, dynamic endoscopy has also been shown to be safe and reliable in sport horses and pleasure horses as well.

The endoscope attaches a bridle with the recording box allowing the horse to work with its own tack in place.
Upper airway abnormalities that can be diagnosed more accurately with greater sensitivity using dynamic endoscopy are listed below:
Vocal cord collapse Rostral displacement Epiglottic entrapment Dorsal displacement of the soft palate Recurrent laryngeal neuropathy Tracheal collapse.

The examination starts by placing the endoscope with the horse standing allowing the standard static examination to be performed first, so detection of the below abnormalities is also achieved, thus offering an all-inclusive examination.

Nasal passage mass Sub epiglottic or palatal mass (granuloma, neoplasm, cyst) Epiglottic hypoplasia, flaccidity, deformity Lymphoid hyperplasia Epiglottic entrapment Arytenoid chondropathy EIPH (Exercised Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage).

Alpha2EQ is a new orthobiologic therapy to address inflammation of joint and soft tissue degeneration in horses. We are excited to announce that Rainland Farm Equine Clinic has added this new and safe regenerative therapy to our practice. It is produced by a complex processing of the patients own blood. It is a highly refined molecule that eliminates many inflammatory substances that are produced after an injury to joints and other soft tissue areas such as tendons and ligaments. Alpha2EQ is appropriate for all acute injuries and allows follow up with other treatments such as PRP, BMAC (stem cell) and Prostride. A number of Alpha2EQ therapeutic doses can be used from a single collection that can be used immediately or frozen for later use. The dose of Alpha2EQ is dependent on the size of the joint or the size of the injured soft tissue.

If you are interested in Alpha2EQ as a therapy option for the care of lameness, osteoarthritis or joint pain in your horse, please call the office to speak to a veterinarian for additional information.

For further information or to make an appointment please call the office at 425-483-2255.