Entries by Dr. Kelly Giunta, VMD

Regenerative Medicine At Blue Ridge Equine Clinic

  We offer multiple regenerative medicine products to help your horse heal better. Please contact your veterinarian for pricing and to discuss which product is best for your horse. Autologous Conditioned Serum: IRAP II (Arthrex, Inc)   IRAP stands for Interleukin 1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IL-1Ra). Interleukin 1 (IL-1) is the major cause of inflammation in […]

Fescue Toxicosis In Broodmares

Much of the pasture in Virginia is tall fescue. While this hardy grass is a high quality nutrient source for most horses, it is often infected with an endophytic fungus named Acremonium coenephialum that is toxic to pregnant mares. The fungus produces damaging alkaloids such as ergovaline. Some results of fescue toxicosis are: Late term […]

Horse Show Drug Rules For Dummies

Whenever a horse is competing in a horse show or event, it is the owner, rider, and trainer’s responsibility to know and follow the rules or else risk fines or elimination.  Most horse shows are governed by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).  The USEF publishes a rulebook with guidelines for the use of therapeutic […]

Equine Parasite Resistance

Gastrointestinal parasite resistance is an emerging problem in horses. For decades we have seen the development of resistance to dewormers in small strongyles (cyanthostomes). Results of a multistate study showed 97.7% of farms had small strongyles with resistance to fenbendazole and 40.5% had resistance to pyrantel (Kaplan 2004). Resistance to other types of dewormers has […]

Does Your Horse Need To Be Microchipped?

Blue Ridge Equine Clinic Can Now Microchip your Horse A microchip provides permanent identification and proof of ownership in case your horse is lost or stolen. In addition, microchips are useful and sometimes required for health certificates, breeding operations, and competitions. The microchips are the size of a grain of rice and fit inside a […]