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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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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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┬ápergolide. 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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Farrier Daisy Bicking To Headline UC Davis Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture

The 32nd Annual Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture will take place February 3, 2018 at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM). This year’s event features Farrier Daisy Bicking, founder of Daisy Haven Farm: School of Integrative Hoofcare, and Dr. Nicholas Frank, professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Farriers and […]

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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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Research Shows Cushing’s Causes Risk To Equine Eye Health

Cushing’s disease (formally known as pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, or PPID) is known to take a toll on a horse’s health if not managed properly. The heightened levels of cortisol in a Cushing’s affected horse can cause uncontrolled coat growth, recurrent laminitis, lethargy, fatty deposits, and increased thirst, among other things. Research shows that Cushing’s […]

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Study: Laminitis May Leave A Calling Card Before It Strikes

A study published in the September issue of Veterinary Pathology suggests that laminitis may not be the sudden-onset illness we tend to imagine. Researchers from Finland, Australia, and the United Kingdom worked together to document cases of 14 laminitic horses and ponies with high insulin levels in their blood (known to be a common precursor […]

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