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Bayhill Equine

IRAP Joint Treatment in Horses

IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein) is an effective intra-articular treatment for joint disease. It is designed to stimulate the horses' own white blood cells to produce anti-inflammatory mediators and enzymes that can reduce the inflammation present as a result of degenerative joint disease.

Horse leg joints being massaged by veterinarian's hands

What's the Process?

Blood is collected into a syringe containing specially treated Chromium glass beads. During a 24-hour incubation period, the red blood cells interact with the bead's surface stimulating the production of large quantities of IRAP and other anti-inflammatory proteins and growth factors. The blood is then placed in a high-speed centrifuge to separate out the resulting serum, which can be injected into a problem joint, or frozen for future use.

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