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  • equine rehab

Platelet Rich Plasma vs Stem Cells

There are so many questions about PRP and Stem Cells. Here, I will talk about the main differences between the two. What is PRP What is Stem Cells When do I Use PRP vs Stem Cells? Platelet Rich Plasma PRP is blood plasma with a concentrated platelet count.  The concentrated platelets are obtained by centrifugation or filtration of the horse's blood. The plasma obtained can be injected directly into the tendon, ligament lesion or directly into the joint. The advantages of using PRP include: The ease of use and administration of growth factors. Great anti-inflammatory properties The facility to obtain PRP compared to stem cells Less expensive Stem Cells Stem cells can be derived from multiple sources. They can be obtained from either the fat, bone marrow,  dental pulp cavity, placenta and others. They are most commonly used for tendon, ligament healing, and joint repair. Although we are using them in other areas such as LUNGS and it is showing to be very promising. Daily research continues exploring the mode of action and benefits of stem cell therapy. The advantages of using Stem Cell Therapy include: Possibly better healing Regeneration of tissue The Best of Both Worlds: PRP and STEM CELLS together I would like a consult with Dr Rullan Stem Cells and PRP This horse received both Stem Cells and PRP Better healing Faster antinflamatories Final outcome 9 months later. The healing quality showed in the longevity of the athlete. Treatment was 3 years ago and the horse continues to compete sound without recurrence

Equine Influenza

We ignore the influenza virus, but when it knocks on our doors we get alarmed and sometimes wonder if we should have vaccinated. Flu endemic in central Florida! For the last several weeks I have been treating horses that have been exposed to influenza virus. When we talk about influenza virus, we should not take it lighly. Sometimes we think its just a "common cold" type of thing.  However, I just saw a horse with  influenza get infected at a horse show, then get better, then develop systemic inflammatory syndrome and is now fighting between life and death. Read more in the AAEP website when you click here I always get the question: "Doc should I vaccinate my horses"? My answer: Even if the vaccine is not 100 percent effective, it sure will have a lot of protection and could make your headache a lot lighter should your horse get infected. Moral of the story: Better safe than sorry.  Don't hesitate, VACCINATE!For better protection, if your horse travels to horse shows or horse races, you might have to vaccinate your horses up to every 3 months. Call us at (352) 369-4325 if you have any questions

  • laminitis treatment

Are You Frustrated with Laminitis?

Sometimes a second or third point of view can help to unravel a case. A venogram can give us quite a bit of information! The picture above gave me one the happiest days of my career. This mare presented with severe laminitis, very poor hoof and multiple abscesses. After we did a venogram we were able to find out that she had some blood supply to the foot. This was music to our ears. Even though we knew it was going to be a slow process. We were very encouraged to work on her. The therapies offered the Equine Performance Center treat the whole animal in ways that are just not possible with medication alone. Several months later, she was walking much better and having a very healthy happy life. If you have horse with this horrible disease and want a different perspective, I invite you to give us a call at at the Equine Performance Center to make an appointment at 352-369-4325,or email us at

Does your Foal Have a Club Foot?

The 5 facts you need to know when dealing with club feet in foals! Club feet happen when there is a contraction (shortening) of the deep digital flexor tendon or check ligament. Club feet can happen on a single foot or multiple feet. You can work on a foal with club feet as soon as 1 day old. Most foals with club feet do not need surgery. Corrective timing and shoeing is the first line of defense for club feet problems Get a NO Charge Consult in our Podiatry Day March 18 2019 Get a NO Charge Consult in our Next Podiatry Day! Call us at 352-307-3690 for a free consult What do we do to fix it ? Your Veterinarian might want to treat medically the first day. Sometimes oxytetracycline and splint bandages Your farrier will trim the heals as soon as possible. A corrective shoe can be placed as soon 2 weeks after birth. If this is not done soon enough, or if this does not correct the problem, then check ligament surgery might be necessary Our podiatry team can help you and your foal with club feet. Find out when is our next podiatry day and visit us for a FREE EXAM

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Equine Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

Look what the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber can DO! We are proud to offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as a life saving measure for our patients. I am sure you like many are wondering, how does it work? When would I use it? What are the benefits? Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy HBOT aids healing in the following ways: Stimulates stem cell production Stimulates growth of new blood vessels in bone and soft tissue Decreases swelling and inflamation Increases levels of white blood cells to kill bacteria in infected tissues Anaerobic bacteria are killed directly by the high level of oxygen reaching the infected tissues HBOT can be used to treat the following: EIPH or Bleeders Breeding - helps uterus return to normal size, dummy foals improve with increased blood flow to brain Anemia or blood loss Bone Infection Wounds and Trauma Laminitis Post-surgical patients- decreases recovery time Increases oxygen intake levels Surgical site incision infections Interested in learning more: CLICK HERE (

Aquapacer Benefits

The 7 Unique Benefits of the Aquapacer Therapy Increase back and core strength Overall increased range of motion and integrity of joints with osteoarthrits. Neurological horses can be improved over 90 days because it improves core muscles, core stability and increases truncal sway Faster return to work after surgery Underwater treadmill can be used with other water modalities such as pool exercise Horses can go 5 days a week to the aquapacer with no side effects but rather gains and improvements Equine Water Treadmill Learn more about underwater treadmill ( We target the muscles we want to. By controlling the water level on the Aquapacer, we can control what muscles and what joints are going to work more than others. Learn more about underwater treadmill ( Get your horse out of the daily routine. Your horse will be concentrating on the job and taking a mental break form the daily activities. Learn more about underwater treadmill ( Equine Pool Aquapacer can be used in combination with swimming! The combination of under water treadmill with swimming is a great conditioning tool for non lame horses. It will add strength to your horse as well as lung capacity.

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