Understanding Equine Cushing's Disease

Care About Cushing's is here to help further understanding of Equine Cushing's Disease - the 5th most commonly diagnosed disease affecting horses in the UK

Care About Cushing's

Equine Cushing’s disease (more correctly known as Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction or PPID) is a common hormonal disease of horses and ponies. Care About Cushing's is a community resource specifically developed to support horse owners in recognising the signs of Equine Cushing's disease, diagnosing it promptly, and creating the best management plan for their horse in order to maintain quality of life and reduce the risk of suffering associated with this disease.

What is Equine Cushing’s disease?

Membership

For expert advice and tools that will help you manage Equine Cushing's disease.

Finding out that your horse has Equine Cushing’s disease can be worrying - that's why 'Care About Cushing's' is here. We are here to support and guide you in sorting out the facts from the fiction, and provide a safe place for your horse's records and support you in making the best decisions for your horse. 

Join the community

Care About Cushing’s offers you the opportunity to become part of a community of fellow owners of horses faced with Equine Cushing’s disease. Becoming a member of this community offers numerous benefits, such as:

  • Instant access to expert tips on diagnosing and managing Equine Cushing’s disease (PPID) in your horse.
  • Simple accessible recording system to monitor your horse’s progress.
  • Video and document library to teach you useful techniques such as body condition scoring.
  • A direct line to veterinary experts ready to answer your questions.
  • Option to receive summaries of scientific advances in Equine Cushing’s disease and laminitis direct to your inbox.
  • Option to receive personalised alerts when action may be appropriate for your horse.
  • Option to participate in a survey to advance the understanding of Equine Cushing’s disease.
  • Learn from other horse owners experiences of Equine Cushing’s disease.

 

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How to spot it?

The signs of Equine Cushing’s disease will vary from one horse or pony to another. It’s therefore important to monitor your horse for all the clinical signs that are associated with this disease.

Muscle wastage

Muscle wastage

Abnormal fat deposits

Abnormal fat deposits

Abnormal sweating

Abnormal sweating

Recurrent infections

Recurrent infections

Lethargy

Lethargy

Laminitis Rings

Laminitis

Increased thirst/urination

Increased thirst/urination

Abnormal coat

Abnormal coat

Reduced fertility

Reduced fertility

If you recognise one or more of the signs of Equine Cushing’s disease in your horse, there are three simple steps you need to take to find out if they have the condition, and how to best manage the disease so that they continue to live a happy and healthy life.

Horse of the Month

Pip

This beautiful 28 year old thoroughbred is called Pip. Her owner initially became suspicious of a problem last year when she noticed that she couldn’t shift Pip’s weight. Pip had always been a good doer, but no matter how little grass her owner put her on she never lost weight. Then throughout the summer she struggled to shed her winter coat so that clipping became essential.  Pip had always been a very tidy horse in her stable and had never done more than one or two wees a night, however her owner also noticed that Pip’s bed was becoming saturated every night. Finally Pip began to develop recurrent mastitis infections and at this point her vet ran some blood tests. Pip’s ACTH level was high indicating that she had Equine Cushing’s disease. She was started on treatment for Cushing’s, and she’s still super mobile, sassy and happy as ever. Her owner says “ We’ve got it under control and I’m so glad we picked it up. She is doing so well for almost 29! And loving life retired in the field. My absolute golden oldie <3”

Share your story about managing PPID/Equine Cushing's disease