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Equine Internal Medicine
We provide specialized diagnostic and therapeutic expertise for the care of medical problems in horses.
Our facilities are specially designed to accommodate the high-risk patient, and appropriate biosecurity protocols are always in place to ensure safety of all of our patients from infectious diseases.
Our Capabilities Include:
  • Endoscopy of the upper airway, gastrointestinal tract, and urinary tract: Endoscopy is a minimally-invasive diagnostic tool that enables direct visualization of areas of the body such as the upper airway, gastrointestinal tract, and urinary tract. This is a safe, non-surgical approach that may require sedation.
  • Neonatal intensive care units
  • Radiographic imaging of the abdomen and thorax including myelogram capabilities, ultrasound, and CT scan for head and neck problems.
  • EMG capabilities for muscle and/or nervous system disease.
  • Treadmill capabilities for upper airway endoscopic evaluation under exercise.
  • Cardiology telemetry monitoring equipment
  • Neurology stall with sling capabilities for the management of the down, surgery, or atoxic horse.
Our facilities include dedicated areas for the care of animals with infectious diseases, so that we can provide them the treatment they need without risking the welfare of other hospital patients.

Why Might My Horse Visit Internal Medicine?

There are many advanced medical problems we can manage and treat, but the following are some of the most common reasons patients visit Internal Medicine:

  • Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (a genetic muscle disease)
  • Nuerological problems associated with abnormal behavior, gait change, or paralysis
  • Recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (a form of tying up)
  • Weight loss
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Polysaccharide storage myopathy (abnormal glycogen storage in the muscles, a form of tying up)
  • Chronic or recurrent colic
  • Abnormal chewing or swallowing
  • Respiratory issues, including coughing, nasal discharge, or respiratory noise
  • Fever
  • Choking
  • Diarrhea
  • Head shaking
  • Lack of appetite
  • Metabolic disease (Cushings disease)
  • Urinary tract disease, including infection, abnormal frequency of urination, or abnormal appearance in urine color
  • Muscle disease
The equine medicine and surgery team at the Colorado State University veterinary teaching hospital


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Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

(970) 297-5000

(970) 297-1205

Equine Emergencies:
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
(970) 297-5000
Equine Internal Medicine Appointments
Scheduled Outpatient Appointments:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(970) 297-4472
Surgery & Lameness Appointments
Scheduled Surgical & Lameness Outpatients:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(970) 297-4472