A mobile, equine veterinary specialist that's focused on treating the performance horse and providing advanced prepurchase exams in Florida and southern Georgia. Dr. Porter provides lameness exams on horses including digital radiography and ultrasound. Lameness-related therapies include PRP, IRAP, shockwave,and stem cell treatments. In addition, Dr. Porter's specialty allows him to examine horses for chronic weight loss, colic, cough, and neurologic symptoms.
These images are from a quarter horse gelding in north-central Florida that presented for a chronic cough. Endoscopy revealed multiple fungal granulomas (bottom image) and the horse was treated with anti-fungals plus a pythium vaccine. Thirty days later (top image), the cough was resolved and the throat was much improved. The horse will continue treatment for another 30 days in hopes of shrinking the remaining granulomas. Pharyngeal or throat inflammation is a common cause of coughing in horses and should be evaluated with an endoscopy exam. Fortunately, fungal granulomas within the pharynx are relatively uncommon!