Lameness and Performance Exams

Here at EVA-Woodforest Veterinary Medical Center, we are proud to offer equine lameness examinations.

If your horse is lame for any reason, our entire team is dedicated to finding out the reason and helping your horse get back to normal.

With a lameness examination, we first study the legs for swelling, abnormal hoof wear, or anything else out of the ordinary. We palpate all of the joints, tendons, and ligaments to try to feel for anything abnormal that may be making your horse lame.

After the examination, we will watch your horse walk and jog (if possible). We use a hoof tester to see if the hoof is tender. We may also do a flex test to try to determine where the lameness is. Diagnostic blocks are used to find out exactly where the problem is. We block the nerves and joints before checking for lameness. This allows us to figure out what is really bothering your horse. Once we have a localized area, we usually recommend imaging. X-rays will give us a look at the inner workings of your horse’s leg. We may also recommend an ultrasound to give us a really detailed look at the leg.

Once we are able to figure out what is bothering your horse, we will do everything we can to help him or her get better.

If your horse is lame and needs an examination, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (936) 273-1410.

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Pre-Purchase Exams

When purchasing a horse, it may be required that the animal have a prepurchase exam performed. This allows an equine veterinarian to examine and detect any existing or potential health issues that may affect the horse.

There are four phases to a prepurchase exam, in which our equine veterinarians assess a horse’s complete condition. Beginning with a thorough identification of the horse’s distinguishing characteristics, we then move on to examining the horse’s body and internal organs.

If you have any questions about prepurchase exams, please contact us today at (936) 273-1410.

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Diagnostic Imaging – Digital Radiography and Ultrasound

Digital radiography (x-ray) has revolutionized Equine Medicine. Now we are able to quickly and easily diagnose potential causes of lameness and bone abnormalities with less stress your your horse. Digital radiography allows us to view the images immediately and to retake images or to take additional views quickly if needed.

Digital radiography also gives us the ability, if needed, to electronically send the x-rays to board certified radiologists for their opinion.

In addition, the images produced by digital radiography are of much better quality than film radiographs and can be manipulated digitally, giving us the best possible radiographic information to help find the diagnosis.

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Regenerative Medicine and Joint Injections

Here at EVA-Woodforest Veterinary Medical Center, we are proud to offer regenerative medicine to our patients.

It is our goal, as a hospital, to keep up with the latest developments in veterinary medicine. We want to be able to offer our patients the highest level of care that veterinary medicine has to offer. They deserve it!

To do that, we offer regenerative medicine, which aims to allow a body’s own regenerative capabilities to help heal and bring function back to damaged cells, tissues, and organs.

We use a patient’s own blood to heal soft tissue injuries. We treat each patient individually to decide the best type of treatment for each one. We may also use a combination of treatments to get the best effect.

We offer blood- and tissue-derived options to help your pets. Blood-derived treatments include platelet-rich plasma, conditioned serum, and more. Tissue-derived treatments include adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC).

If your pets are having trouble healing or are suffering from a soft-tissue injury, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (936) 273-1410.

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ESWT (shock wave therapy)

Here at EVA-Woodforest Veterinary Medical Center, we work hard to stay up to date on the latest advances in veterinary medicine. For this reason, we are pleased to announce that we offer regenerative shock wave therapy.

Regenerative shock wave therapy uses high-intensity shock waves to help aid in the healing process. It is quite effective and non-invasive. Though suggested by its name, shock wave therapy does not shock or hurt the patient. Instead, the waves are used to make the horse’s own body release growth factors and increase blood flow to the affected area.

Shock wave therapy also increases the quality of the healing process. Often after an injury, the injured area heals but does not return to its full original strength. Our hope is to increase healing by promoting increased blood flow with shock wave therapy. We also believe that shock wave therapy can prevent reinjuries.

Regenerative shock wave therapy is often used in cases that are hard to heal. This includes osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease. Many tendon and ligament injuries are also helped by shock wave therapy. Bone injuries can sometimes be helped by this therapy, too.

Our Pulsevet machine is the best for sending out shock waves to a focused area. We are pleased to be able to have this machine to give our patients the best chance at healing quickly without reinjury.

If you have any questions about whether regenerative shock therapy will help your horses and their condition, feel free to contact us today. We would be happy to assist you in anyway we can!

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