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Internal Medicine

Our San Joaquin Valley vets provide diagnosis and treatment for a variety of internal medicine conditions in horses, from immune system issues to brain disorders.

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Equine Internal Medicine

Equine internal medicine involves treating diseases and disorders of horses' internal systems. This is a wide medical umbrella, and one which we are committed to providing the best possible equine care under.

With experienced veterinarians, advanced digital imaging, and an on-site laboratory, we can diagnose and treat a wide range of internal medicine cases.

Our veterinarians are committed to finding the answers needed to treat each horse's ailment, and we have professional contacts in each specialty field for advice whenever it is required.

Internal Medicine, San Joaquin Valley Vets

Specialist Referrals

Your horse's health is our highest priority. If your horse needs a procedure or expertise that we do not offer, we will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist in the San Joaquin Valley.

Local advanced laboratory services and pathology examinations are available through the University of California, Davis' Tulare outreach program, with results returned quickly and efficiently.

Equine Internal Medicine in San Joaquin Valley

If your horse is exhibiting symptoms of an internal condition, your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical exam to diagnose the problem and develop a detailed treatment plan tailored to their specific needs.

Our veterinarians diagnose and treat the following conditions:

  • Cardiology

    Like people, horses can suffer from heart diseases and disorders. With the technology in our in-house vet lab, our vets can examine your pet for signs of heart conditions so that you have results quickly.

    Murmurs and arrhythmias are two common cardiac problems that impede equine performance. The assessment of cardiac disease in horses is also more difficult because it must take into account two key factors: the likelihood of an abnormality impairing athletic performance and the risk to rider safety.

    If your veterinarian is unable to diagnose or treat your horse's heart condition as part of our internal medicine checks, we will refer you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet in San Joaquin Valley and collaborate with your specialist to ensure that your horse receives the best care possible.

  • Immunology

    Your horse's immune system is responsible for detecting foreign invaders or abnormal cells and beginning defensive action to protect the horse's health. That said, the immune system doesn't always work as it should, in which case your horse will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.

    Common immune-mediated disorders in horses include mud fever, sweet itch, and equine sarcoids.

  • Neurology

    Neurology is a branch of veterinary internal medicine covering conditions of the brain and spinal cord as well as neuromuscular dysfunction. Some of the most common neurological disorders in horses include cervical vertebral stenotic myelopathy (CSM), equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy (EDM), and equine herpesvirus-1 myeloencephalopathy (EHM).

    If your horse requires diagnoses or care for neurologic conditions that are beyond the scope of our experienced veterinarians, we will be happy to refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist in San Joaquin Valley. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your horse receives the best treatment possible.

  • Oncology

    Cancer is a disease that can impact even the fittest humans and horses. When diagnosed in the earliest stages, in many cases, cancers in horses can be treated with a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods.

    If your horse requires diagnosis or cancer care beyond the scope of our skilled veterinarians, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist in San Joaquin Valley.  

  • Reproductive Issues

    Our team of veterinary professionals at Pacific Crest Equine in San Joaquin Valley understands the financial investment and personal commitment that go into breeding horses properly. If your horse is experiencing reproductive difficulties, our vets will work to diagnose the issue and offer appropriate treatment options to help resolve the problem. 

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  • Respiratory Disorders

    Your horse's respiratory system does the essential work of delivering oxygen to the body and eliminating waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Lung and airway disorders are frequently caused by direct infection with viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites, as well as immune-mediated reactions or inhalation of irritants or toxic substances. Trauma (such as crashing into a fence) can cause a lung or airway to collapse.

    There are several common pulmonary disorders seen in horses, including strangles, equine influenza, and herpesviruses. Other infections, such as equine rhinitis viruses and equine adenoviruses, are also prevalent.

Laboratory & Diagnostics

At Pacific Crest Equine, we support our comprehensive approach to equine internal medicine with advanced testing, imaging, and other diagnostic procedures. 

Our in-house veterinary lab is equipped with the technology we need to diagnose your horse's internal medicine condition quickly so that treatment can begin.  

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