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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Also had a great experience last time. I would not change a thing.
I will always choose Blue Ridge, Dr. Cowles and Dr. Trostle. What a great clinic. The staff and vets are wonderful.
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.
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!
Last year, just about this time, you treated Farrari for enteritis and gastric ulcers. Successfully. I wanted to let you know that he came through this year’s show season beautifully, using the Gastrogard and Smart Gut Ultra protocol. He will continue on the pellets until the end of October so fingers crossed that he will remain stable once those are discontinued. He loves his hay net, the more often the better. And second best, after good health, the earned himself a Top Ten at the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals out of 30 horses!
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!
Alicia Burns, Executive Director Cross Keys Equine Therapy
Thank you for your care of all of our horses (and other critters!). It means so much to us that you care about them as much as we do! They are all special – and the compassion and tenderness you showed for Kitzia made something that is so difficult much easier to handle. Thank you so much for taking such good care of everyone for us!
My daughter’s entire world is wrapped around George and everyone there treated him with as much love and TLC as if he was their own. Dr. Stephens and his entire crew were wonderful to us. He was always available to answer questions and offer support and on the days we couldn’t be there we would get photos and cute messages from Jaime. As much I don’t want to ever be in the situation of needing to come back, I would love to be able to see the crew again! Great people you have there in Charlottesville!
Everyone at Blue Ridge was so kind on top of being so professional. So, thank you for your efforts. I know that everyone did everything possible to save him.
“One year ago, Dr. Trostle did colic surgery on Honor. His recovery wasn’t completely smooth as he relapsed back into reflux mode after we thought he was in the clear. Dr. Trostle thought there was a good chance Honor would recover completely and I’m very happy to report he has!! This pic is Honor and I competing at the ODH hunter pace this last weekend. Thanks so much for your wonderful care.”
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.
Thank you so much for hosting the dinner and informative seminar last night. I really enjoyed the time learning cutting edge information and getting to spend time visiting with fellow horse people. It makes me very appreciative of all the knowledge you have made available to us. It is very comforting to know you all are here and ready to help when we need you.
I am truly appreciative to all that Dr. Moore and everyone at BREC has done to get him healthy and make him a star! He is having a tremendous show season this year.
J.T. and I wanted to thank you again for your time and expertise yesterday. We were so impressed with how you worked with Sunny and how you were able to deliver sad news in such a gentle way. I am also thankful that your clinic has the capability to make this type of diagnostics mobile because I would have hated to transport him in his weakened condition. The Valley is so fortunate to have your clinic available.
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!
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!
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!
I cannot think of anything that you need to do to improve…everyone was wonderful! Although I came to you with a heavy heart, you quickly reassured me that this was a situation that you could handle and I was impressed through every step of the surgery and recovery process with your professionalism and kindness. Thank you from me, my daughter, and Gabe!
-Chris, Clifton, VA
Jewel is doing well so thanks to all at Blue Ridge for taking such good care of her! My trainer and the wonderful people who keep Jewel said that when they arrived at your clinic with Jewel last week, they felt like they were bringing in the President!!! You all were so on the ball and took charge so quickly!