Cushings

Vaccinating Horses With Cushing’s Disease

Nearly one-third of older horses will become affected by pituitary pars intermedia dysregulation (PPID, also called Cushing’s disease) in their lifetime. Horses with PPID have long, shaggy coats that don’t shed out well in the spring. These horses will also have drink water excessively, have abnormal fat deposits, abscesses or laminitis and experience chronic infections, […]

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Iron And Insulin Issues In Equines: Is There A Correlation?

Horses that produce too much insulin, called hyperinsulinemia, are at risk for Cushing’s disease and other metabolic disorders, which can lead to laminitis. In humans, laboratory animals and zoo animals, elevated iron levels in blood have been shown to be related to type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Drs. Eleanor Kellon and Kathleen Gustafson, both […]

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Horses With Cushings May Benefit From Twice-Daily Medicating

Though owners of horses with Cushings disease are well-versed in medicating their animals with pergolide, a new study suggests that twice-daily dosing may be more effective than the once-a-day administration that is currently recommended. Cushings disease is one of the most-common endocrine disorders in horses and ponies. Generally affecting older animals, the consequences of not […]

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Pasture Pitfalls: Too Much Sugar

Pasture grass is coming on in a hurry, with fields of former mud turning to vibrant green in many areas of the country. While spring grass is a wonderful change from hay for many horses, it can pose a risk for sugar-sensitive horses. Be aware that: Sugar levels increase during the growing season when days […]

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What’s Age Got To Do With It? Caring For Geriatric Horses

The idea that age is but a number is as true for animals as it is for humans. Horses, especially ponies, are routinely living to the mid-twenties and even thirties. Often, the equines still enjoy life, work, or performing into their third decade. “We shouldn’t use one age to classify a horse as geriatric,” said […]

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Is Surgery An Option For Horses With Cushing’s?

Horses diagnosed with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), or Cushing’s disease, respond well to the medication pergolide. In fact, pergolide remains the only FDA-approved medication for PPID. Unfortunately, pergolide can be costly for some owners and time-consuming to administer, especially for pastured horses. In lieu of oral pergolide, a pair of veterinary surgeons from the Western […]

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Some Like It Cold: Using Cryotherapy To Avoid Laminitis In Horses

A sudden increase in carbohydrates—either by accidentally ingesting large amounts of concentrates or overindulging in lush pastures—can contribute to the onset of laminitis. As such, horse owners go out of their way to limit carbohydrates. Other causes of laminitis can’t be avoided as easily. Take, for example, supporting-limb laminitis that occurs following an injury in one limb. “The nutritional […]

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The Skinny On Jumping To Conclusions On Social Media Posts

Social media is nothing if not polarizing, for everything from politics to horse shows to how to handle a family issue. A horse that lives in Pittston, Maine was at the center of an online controversy last week, with many Facebook users saying that the animal is too skinny and indicating they were concerned for […]

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New Bolton Clinical Trial To Help Horses With Endocrine Dysfunction

The most common cause of laminitis in equines worldwide is some format of endocrine dysfunction, most commonly presenting with high blood insulin, which appears to directly lead to laminitic lesions in horses with Equine Metabolic Syndrome or those with Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, also called PPID or Equine Cushings disease. Penn State has produced studies […]

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Helpful Hints For Managing Spring Pasture

While it can be difficult to image fields of green under all the mud that is plaguing many parts of the country right now, careful field management in the spring will increase the grazing potential for pastures on your farm. Follow these guidelines to ensure a nutritious pasture for your horses this year: Frost seed areas in […]

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