Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein therapy, known as “IRAP,” is used to treat inflamed or arthritic joints. This treatment involves injecting an autologous (derived from the horse being treated) serum sample into a horse’s affected joint. The serum contains anti-inflammatory proteins that block the harmful effects of interleukin-1, an inflammatory protein researchers have found worsens osteoarthritis by degrading cartilage.

The autologous serum is obtained from the horse by drawing blood, which is incubated for 24 hours to amplify IRAP levels. It is then centrifuged to separate blood cells from serum. We inject the resulting serum into the affected joint on a weekly to biweekly basis for a series of three to four treatments.

IRAP is an extremely safe alternative to traditional corticosteroid joint injections.

A Message From Bend Equine Medical Center To Our Small Animal Division Clients

As of March 31, 2023, Bend Equine Medical Center will be discontinuing our small animal veterinary division other than chiropractic and acupuncture. As always, we continue to proudly serve as Central Oregon's premier equine hospital and offer around-the-clock care for your horses and equids.

You and your pets are close to our hearts and we are honored you trusted us with their care over the past decade. Please contact us to have your pets' records transferred to your new small animal veterinarian.

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