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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Patricia Brent Pusey
Words can’t express how grateful I am to all of BREC’s vets & staff for taking such good care of me & my horses over the years. Their prompt & accurate diagnosis isn’t always what I want to hear (3 injured or sick horses in 3 years, go figure), but they always have a plan to get us through it & excellent treats (candy, cookies, etc.) to help me manage my anxiety. Thanks everyone! I really wish all vets were as accurate at seeing what I feel or notice about my horses – even when my horses don’t present 3-legged lame. Besides excellent past experiences at BREC, Dr. Cowles was a long distance participant in DD’s NC prepurchase exam, so it was a bonus to have them finally meet in person! Please don’t let Dr. Cowles retire – ever!
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!
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…
Just thought you might like to see pictures of Willie and me checking out the ACTHA trail at the Horse Center. Willie and I are also back to taking dressage lessons, and hope to enter Dressage With a View at the Horse Center on June 30th! Just Intro A and B, but not too shabby for all he has been through. None of this would be possible without all of your hard work, expert care and belief in us. Thank you so much!
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.
“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.”
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.
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!
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!
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!
A heartfelt thank you for the tremendous work your team performed on Sprout and Lulu. The past 2 weeks have been an education for me on the vast medical resources available at BREC. I truly realized the extent and depth of veterinary talents within your organization. I feel totally blessed knowing you are there for me and my equines.
Due to a scheduling mix-up, the stem cell treatment for my horse was due to arrive at BREC before we’d had a chance to schedule an appointment for it to be injected. When I was unable to haul my horse from Hanover to Earlysville that day, Dr. Trostle (who had just returned from an out of town conference the night before and who was in the midst of BREC’s once a month MRI day) came to us (approximately an hour and a half away) to take care of the procedure. Dr. Trostle and BREC really saved the day by providing above and beyond customer service!
Thank you so much, Anne, for your speedy reply and your consideration for giving me a little education in the process. This, along with the wonderful Dr. Hecking is the reason I want to be your customer! You all have a wonderful day.
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!
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.
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.
Thank you so much for your excellent care and compassion shown to Zack and me during our visits to the clinic over the past few months. He is such a sensitive guy, and I love him so much – you made a scary and difficult time so much easier to bear. I always know my animals are safe in your hands! I hope you all know how grateful I am.
Nancy Peterson, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
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!