Internal medicine services are provided by
Dr. Ashley Alward, a Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist
Intensive care with 24 hour monitoring is available, and isolation stalls are available for treatment of horses with potentially contagious diseases. Cases are accepted on an appointment and emergency basis.
Referral is not required, but copies of labwork and results of previous diagnostic testing are requested if available.
- Infectious Diseases
- Our Promise
A new birth is an exciting time; however, foals are very fragile and prone to developing problems before, during and after birth, and a sick foal always needs to be attended immediately. Southwest Equine is specifically equipped to provide 24/7 care for sick, septic and malnourished foals. Early and aggressive therapy is critical to maximizing the chances of a successful outcome for our youngest patients.
Common neonatal problems treated by the veterinarians at Southwest Equine Hospital include:
- Systemic and Umbilical Infections
- Peri-natal Oxygen Deprivation (“Dummy Foals”)
- Bladder Rupture
- Joint Infections
- Growth Defects
Acute and chronic colic evaluations are routinely performed at Southwest Equine. While most horses with colic can be treated with anti-inflammatories and oral fluid therapy, some colic episodes may be life-threatening and require aggressive medical or surgical intervention.
Chronic colic can negatively impact a horse’s quality of life, and determining a cause such as gastric / colonic ulcers, intestinal sand or stones, bacterial / dietary imbalances, chronic infections or inflammatory bowel disease can allow targeted treatment plans to eliminate repeat colic episodes.
Dr. Alward and Southwest Equine Hospital specialize in treating infectious diseases such as:
- Pneumonia / Pleuropneumonia (“Shipping Fever”)
- Valley Fever
- Pigeon Fever
- Herpes / Influenza / Rhinovirus infections
- As well as other infections less commonly seen in Arizona
Echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart) is part of evaluation of horses with cardiac disease, and can be used to detect heart failure, leaking heart valves, heart infections and tumors.
Electrocardiography (examination of the electrical activity of the heart) can be performed on the farm or in the hospital, and is a part of the evaluation of poor performance and abnormal heart rhythms.
Consultation with Board Certified Cardiologists is available upon request.
Neurologic disease may occur in horses of all ages. Dr. Alward is very experienced in diagnosing and treating all forms of neurologic disease in horses- from recurrent seizures (epilepsy) to subtle limb incoordination and gait deficits. Specific neurologic testing procedures include spinal fluid recovery and analysis, radiographs, myelograms, serum antibody testing and biomarker analysis.
Veterinary Neurology specialists are available for more advanced diagnostic procedures such as brain-wave mapping (electroencephalogram). Specially trained surgeons will come to Southwest Equine and perform cervical spinal stabilization surgery (“Basket Surgery / Seattle Slew Surgery”) upon request.
Eye pain or cloudiness in the horse is always an emergency. Eye infections can be very aggressive and may quickly result in loss of vision or necessity to remove the eye. Early and aggressive intervention are a horse’s best chance to maintain long term comfort and vision.
Southwest Equine Veterinarians are very experienced in treating ocular diseases, from minor scratches to melting ulcers our team is trained to handle almost any ophthalmic problem. For horses with complex eye conditions, Board Certified Ophthalmologists from Eye Care for Animals or Eyeshine Veterinary are available to examine patientsby appointment only.
From chronic coughs to ADR (“Aint Doin’ Right”), the veterinarians at Southwest Equine are puzzle experts. We believe in spending the time necessary to help you figure out what is wrong with your horse, and getting him/her back on the road to recovery.
If we can’t figure out what is wrong with your horse, we will gladly tap into our local, national, and international network of colleagues for second, and third, and fourth opinions.