- Annual Wellness Exams
The key to excellent preventative care for your horse is an annual wellness exam. This yearly exam is a good time to visit with one of our veterinarians to talk about nutrition, behavior problems, emerging disease threats, and to develop a parasite control treatment plan that is specific to your own needs. The annual wellness exam provides an opportunity to bring your horse up to date on season-specific vaccinations. Annual wellness exams are the best way to detect and treat health problems before they become serious.
- Dental Care
Cinder Rock offers complete dentistry care for your horse. Using both motorized and hand-powered tools, our doctors provide maintenance and preventative dental care to horses of all ages. Diagnosing problems of the equine mouth is greatly enhanced by the use of our digital radiography which gives us images in seconds that are clear and detailed. Among many benefits, proper regular equine dental care can prevent premature tooth loss, reduce impaction and colic, allow easier tooth eruption and prevent pain during feeding and bit use.
* The lameness exam
Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic offers comprehensive diagnostic services for identifying causes of lameness in horses, whether your horse is a competitive athlete, a trail horse or your backyard companion. A detailed clinical evaluation is the first step in the process. An accurate diagnosis is imperative to pinpointing and treating lameness in horses.
* Diagnostic services
Digital Radiography: Our portable digital radiography presents an image on a computer screen in seconds and and gives our doctors images that are clear, detailed and helps us to visualize 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 able to assist with radiograph-guided injections and procedures.
Ultrasound: Cinder Rock's digital ultrasound machines 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 is particularly useful when evaluating soft tissue injuries and some joint issues. Ultrasound is also very useful for monitoring healing progress and for guiding injections and other techniques.
* Biologic Lameness Therapies
Athletic horses are prone to musculoskeletal injury of tendons, ligaments and joints, any of which can be performance limiting or career ending. Regenerative therapy is a collection of biological techniques that use the body's own natural ability to heal. When tissue heals with the help of regenerative therapy, the results are more organized and structurally sound. Without the help of regenerative therapy, normal body healing often results in the weak structure of scar tissue, which is prone to reinjury. The goal of regenerative therapy is to heal injured tissue by new cell growth that is as close as possible to the original injured tissue, rather than with scar tissue.
Following are brief descriptions of some of the biologic or regenerative therapies our doctors use:
IRAP (Interleukin-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 reinjury 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-occuring process.
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Therapy
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.
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 different cell lines in order to facilitate tissue repair. Our doctors 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.
* Non-Biologic Lameness Therapy
Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic uses the Companion Therapy Laser which is a comfortable, non-invasive treatment that can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Laser therapy can stimulate the body's natural healing process, and in horses, our doctors often recommend its use to help stimulate the repair of tendons, ligaments and wounds.
- Digital Radiography
Our portable digital radiography presents an image on a computer screen in seconds and gives our doctors images that are clear, detailed and helps us to visualize the bony structures in the horse's body. This improvement over old fashioned radiography can rule out or confirm a serious injury in seconds. Digital radiology is useful assisting with therapeutic farrier work, radiographic-guided injections and scanning for developmental defects in young horses.
- Upper Airway Endoscopy
Our endoscope, which is a long tubular fiber optic instrument with video capabilities, allows our doctors to perform many minimally invasive techniques. We are able to see images of your horse's upper airways and associated structures including the sinus cavities and gutteral pouches, in order to diagnose respiratory diseases and other problems that can cause decreased performance or exercise intolerance.
The endoscope also allows us to take samples of tissue and fluids for evaluation.
- In-House Diagnostic Laboratory
For quicker diagnostic results, we are equipped with an in-house laboratory. This allows us to perform many blood, urine and cytology tests and immediately have the results.
- Equine Reproductive Services
Our veterinarians are knowledgeable in all aspects of equine reproduction from stud collection, shipping and handling of chilled and frozen semen, to mare cycling management and artificial insemination. Our doctors are available to treat dystocias 24 hours a day and to provide neonatal care.
- Chiropractic for Horses
Chiropractic care for horses has become an integral part of the holistic medical trend in both human and animal health care. Holistic therapies are designed to work with the natural ability of the body to maintain and heal itself. Equine chiropractic is a field of animal health care that focuses on the preservation and health of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. It is not meant to replace traditional veterinary care, nor is it an alternative treatment. It is used in conjunction with excellent traditional veterinary medicine to provide a more comprehensive plan for your horse’s health care. It is used to treat soreness, pain or problems with gait and movement. The benefits of equine chiropractic are enhanced function, performance and quality of life. The potential to enhance health and keep a horse’s body healthy even before symptoms begin is useful not only for the older horse, but also for younger horses as well as athletes.
- Therapeutic Acupuncture
Dr. Taryn Yates provides ambulatory therapeutic acupuncture services at Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic for our clients' horses through her practice, Active Balance - Integrative Veterinary Services.
- Emergency Services
We offer after hour emergency consult services and limited emergency care. During non-business hours you can quickly connect with our on-call veterinarian by calling our regular phone number.
There is BEND EQUINE EMERGENCY SERVICES, which is staffed at ALL times by experienced emergency equine veterinarians and technicians. Your beloved horse will be monitored continuously through the night or weekend ensuring the highest quality care during your horse’s time of need.
Bend Equine Emergency Services
19121 Couch Market Road
Bend, Oregon 97701