Alpha 2 macroglobulin (A2M) is a new therapy designed to treat joint inflammation. A2M is an enzyme found naturally in the horse’s blood that acts to inhibit cartilage breakdown. A2M is used in inflamed or traumatized joints to decrease the risk of further joint deterioration but counteracting cartilage degradation.
A2M injections can be performed in-clinic as an outpatient procedure. The horse will have its blood drawn, the blood will be spun and filtered to provide the A2M injections. Pending what joints need therapy, some of the A2M can be frozen and used later if necessary.