Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center

Lameness Center

Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center is a recognized national leader in the research and treatment of equine lameness. Our veterinary staff members have published a number of articles documenting the innovative treatment techniques developed at Alamo Pintado, as well as their beneficial results.

Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center has the facilities and equipment to diagnose and treat the most difficult lameness cases. Our treatment rooms have the supplies necessary to perform diagnostic local anesthetic blocks and administer the appropriate treatment, as well as support equipment such as a portable fluoroscope. From the specially designed rubberized flooring to the ample spacious area, our treatment rooms are often where the initial evaluation of our patients take place. We also offer novel treatment modalities such as extracorporeal shcok-wave therapy (lythotripsy), which has provided encouraging therapeutic effects on our patients, particularly those with suspensory ligament problems.

Our staff veterinarians can, after performing a thorough lameness exam, direct their patients to our diagnostic imaging center to pinpoint the source of the lameness. We have the direct use, at the veterinarian’s discretion, of such imaging modalities as traditional radiography, computer radiography, ultrasound, nuclear scintigraphy, fluoroscopy, and even Computer Aided Tomography.

gastroIf the need arises, we can evaluate the patient’s upper airways with our video endoscopy unit. This allows us to visualize and evaluate the condition of the upper airway and the actions of the pharyngeal structures that form the airway of the horse. We can definitively diagnose conditions that can severely affect athletic performance, such as laryngeal paralysis, soft palate displacements and epiglottic entrapment. With our 3-meter endoscope we can diagnose stomach ulcers in our patients by directly visualizing the stomach mucosa. The same endoscope can be used to evaluate the urethra and the bladder, allowing the veterinarian to visually inspect the distal urinary tract for any anomalies. We also have the capability to perform ancillary diagnostic tests such as broncho-alveolar lavage and trans-tracheal aspirates in order to further characterize any respiratory conditions afflicting our patients.

treadmill_200Unfortunately, some of the diseases that affect our equine athletes only manifest themselves during high-intensity exercise. For this purpose we have our motorized high-speed equine treadmill. This impressive equipment allows us to simulate a variety of exercise conditions while performing gait analysis and evaluating athletic performance with the staff standing next to the horse. The treadmill operator can control the level of exercise from a standstill, to a comfortable walk, to full gallop at 33 mph as well as incline the treadmill surface up to 15 degrees, while the veterinary staff evaluates gait, motion and respiratory character of the horse.