IRAP – (Interleukin receptor antagonist protein) is a treatment for arthritis in horses and in humans. Interleukins are compounds in joints largely responsible for the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. IRAP decreases joint pain by interfering with the activity of Interleukin 1 and similar compounds. For the procedure, you obtain a large syringe of blood. The syringe you pull the blood into has hundreds of glass balls that have been exposed to a certain gas that favors the “IRAP” and helps amplify it. Once the blood is obtained, it is incubated overnight and then spun in a centrifuge to separate the serum from the other components. This serum is rich in IRAP and once passed through a filter, is injected directly into the desired joint. Extra serum is frozen for subsequent treatments. Typically, a series of 3-4 injections are performed 1-2 week apart to treat 1 affected joint.
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“This is pure joy. I took this when I turned him out just a couple hours ago. His feet aren’t even touching the ground. Please share with Dr. Santos. Smoochie would be dead if it weren’t for him. Many thanks to Blue Ridge. I will start ground training with him March 1 and then he will go to school in April and May. I am so grateful to everyone. He’s such a good boy.”
Thank you) for saving Smoochie (thanks Dr. Santos!), caring for him over Christmas (thanks Dr. Kaplan!), being so kind to him (thanks Ethnie!), and putting up with me and Julie (thanks Dana and Alice!).
I know that others were involved, so thank you all very much. Smoochie is already acting more like mischievous (and very loveable and affectionate) boy he is.
Not every day since we’ve had him — but nearly every day – he seems to give a look right in the eyes of gratefulness that he has a home. He’s looked very grateful ever since coming back from BREC. He seems to understand that something very serious happened, which may account for how relatively well-behaved he’s been so far since being home.
Upon Smoochie’s getting back home, former BREC patient Earl stoodoutside Smoochie’s stall for an hour. Then I remembered how Smoochie would stand outside Earl’s stall after his surgery, so I think Earl was paying him back for the companionship.
So, thank you all!
I have been a client of Blue Ridge for close to 25 years and have always been very satisfied with the care and service I have received. I appreciate your consistent attention to offering the latest diagnostic techniques and equipment yet the friendly staff remains largely the same and attentive. Changing yet the same 🙂 Thank you for years of excellent care for a long list of Johnson horses!
Blue Ridge has made, and will continue to make, great things happen for equines and their owners and I believe that is the goal of all veterinary clinics and hospitals. What sets Blue Ridge apart is the feeling that when you take your horse there, everyone you come in contact with responds to you and your horse as if they have a vested interest in the outcome and let me tell you, that feeling matters and it matters a lot. Thanks again for everything,Kathy and Clara
Steven and Maria
It’s a stroke of good fortune for Reno and us to have you (Dr. Moore) and Dr. Hecking for his veterinarian and we are all most appreciative indeed!
Everyone was extremely nice and helpful. Logan enjoyed his stay.
We had to bring our OTTB Dargan to BREC on a Sunday afternoon on an emergency colic issue. Upon arrival the BREC team was fully prepared to make an assessment. It was great to be involved in the process from arrival, as this was our first time dealing with this type of situation. Dr. Santos and his team were fantastic to work with from the start. He was calm, thorough and explained what was happening as he and his team assessed the critical situation as it unfolded right …in front of us.
Dargan needed to have surgery that was a colon impaction. Dr. Santos was hands on and was there for us throughout the entire process to include following up regularly after spending five days in the hospital. His bedside manner was excellent for the horse and for us and our 14-year-old daughter who wants to be an equine vet herself. He answered all of her questions and continues to be involved in every step of the process.
Dr. Santos has amazing patience, understanding and explained everything to our daughter in detail letting her be involved in caring for her horse, which has made a huge difference! He has made such a great impression on a young girl and helped make a bad situation a positive learning experience for her and us.
Dr. Gould who will be missed greatly, kept us informed throughout Dargan’s recovery. She was thoughtful and kind and called often as we requested to keep us informed of his progress.
We are VERY fortunate to have BREC so close to us in Virginia. We just wanted to say “THANK YOU” to Dr. Santos for all that you have done for us. We are thrilled to have such an amazing, caring and thoughtful vet come to Virginia and be a part of BREC.
Thank you BREC and all your staff!
Also had a great experience last time. I would not change a thing.
Amy Cuppett Stiverson
Please pass on to Dr. Stephens, Dr. Trostle, Dr. Simon and Dr. Fouse that Alzine was peacefully laid to rest on Sunday afternoon in the field behind the barn that she was born in. Please let all of them know how much I appreciate their utmost efforts and care of her during her stay there. Your organization is truly extraordinary. Even though the outcome was not what we had hoped, I would not have done anything different. I needed to know that everything possible was done to save her, and the professionalism and knowledge of the team at BREC helped me come to the ultimate conclusion that letting her go was the best thing for her. Many tears were shed when we came to pick her up on Sunday, and I truly appreciated the empathy felt by Dr. Trostle, Susie, and Dr. Simon.
Nancy Peterson, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
Shana - Lexington Carriage Company
I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know how much we appreciate all that you for our babies and for us! Your love and concern for the horses is so apparent, and whatever the circumstances, I always know they’re in good hands. Thank you more than you know!
Thanks so much to Dr. Santos. He did a excellent job with my baby gurl Penny today. The staff here is passionate and very professional. They give good detail as to whats going on and how the issue can be treated. Im so thankful for the Doctors and staff at the facility.
I cannot think of a thing (to improve). I was very apprehensive re: my horse’s condition and outcome. Everyone understood and did everything possible to accomodate me to ensure a positive outcome and minimize my concern for my horse. It was a great experience…
-Nancy, Gloucester, VA
THANKS to all of you who kept me and my horse Joe ( I’m Cotton-Eyed Joe) in your thoughts and prayers after his recent colic. Joe received EXCELLENT care and life-saving surgery from Blue Ridge Equine and Dr. Trostle. I am grateful for the experience of Dr. Trostle, the interns, the great care and frequent communication.
Please pass my sincere thanks along. The staff was wonderful and made a very difficult time bearable. Dr. Trostle did a really good job giving me the data points to make decisions. And Dr. Phillips was absolutely wonderful in dealing with all my daily questions and concerns.
Please pass my thanks along to everyone.
Vince & Delores Marcario
A great big THANK YOU for all you have done for us. Your service is always extended with ongoing kindness and compassion. We are forever grateful.
And a huge Thank You to the entire staff for all that you do to help owners provide the best care available to our equine friends. Special thanks to Jean who is always calm and efficient no matter how ‘un-calm’ I might be when a situation seems overwhelming. And a huge Merry Christmas greeting to Dr. Dagner. You continue to take the time to educate, encourage and care about the horses after all these years. I couldn’t ask for more! You guys are THE BEST!
Krista Costello, Locust Grove, VA
I just wanted to give you a big thank you from Whiskey and I! At first, I wasn’t too sure the procedure would be successful, but Whiskey is much better than what he was a month ago! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you helping him with his pain. I adore him dearly and hope that we will have many happy years together thanks to you and your staff!!