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Internal Medicine

Diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases and chronic conditions

Equine internal medicine encompasses all things not involving surgery or orthopedic work. This leaves problems involving the lungs, heart, brain, spinal cord, intestinal tract, urinary tract (kidneys and bladder), internal organs (liver, pancreas, and spleen), and endocrine system. These problems can include organ failure, bacterial and fungal infections, infectious diseases, internal parasites, cancers, toxicities, equine metabolic syndrome, insulin dysregulation, pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, or equine Cushing’s disease), and congenital problems. Some of the more common cases we see include severe pneumonia, liver disease, kidney disease, and neurologic problems. Our neonatal intensive care unit falls under the umbrella of internal medicine as well.

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Related Diagnostics and Treatments

Tonometry

Tonometry

Tonometry is part of a comprehensive equine eye / ophthalmic exam We offer advanced diagnostics for equine ocular (eye) injuries and diseases as part of our ophthalmology services in Central Oregon. One of our tools is a Tonovet tonometer, which veterinarians use to...

Acupuncture

Acupuncture

We offer acupuncture as a complementary treatment modality for a variety of equine conditions. Prescribed treatments are neuroanatomically based with emphasis on generalized body soreness/stiffness, lameness, saddle fit discomfort, equine foot pain, equine...

Videoendoscopy and Gastroscopy

Videoendoscopy and Gastroscopy

Do you suspect problems from your horse’s throat to its airway to its lungs? Respiratory videoendoscopy might offer the answer. Endoscopy images your horse’s airways with a video camera and allows us to identify problems, take diagnostic samples, take bacterial...

Ultrasonography

Ultrasonography

Our clinicians use ultrasound extensively for reproductive work and to diagnose a variety of injuries and conditions. Our team has received specialized training in both performing ultrasounds and interpreting results. Ultrasound allows us to look at different internal...

Select Related Diseases and Conditions

Strangles Testing: Why Is It So Darned Complicated? 

Strangles Testing: Why Is It So Darned Complicated? 

When it comes to diagnosing strangles (Streptococcus equi subsp. equi), we can choose from four diagnostic testing methods. But why do we recommend the testing we do?  Guttural pouch lavage. This is the gold standard diagnostic for strangles testing. Strangles-causing...

Case Study: Monty Battles Colitis

Case Study: Monty Battles Colitis

Although seemingly benign in other species, diarrhea can be very serious and even potentially fatal in horses.  Monty, a 4-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, presented to BEMC for being dull, not wanting to eat, and lying down more than normal. At arrival he was found to...

Case Study: Fabulous Fred’s Large Colon Impaction

Case Study: Fabulous Fred’s Large Colon Impaction

This handsome Friesian stallion was referred to BEMC, where he received aggressive fluid therapy to resolve his colic.  Fred is a 13- year-old Friesian stallion that had been experiencing mild colic signs, a reduced appetite, and very reduced manure production for two...

PPID (Equine Cushing’s Disease)

PPID (Equine Cushing’s Disease)

This week’s warming weather is a reminder that Summer Solstice (June 21) is around the corner! The longer days mean our Central Oregon horses should almost be done trading in their winter fuzzies for sleek summer coats. But what if your horse isn’t shedding normally?...