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

Lucy

We’re delighted to introduce the gorgeous Lucy – our horse of the month for July! Lucy is a 28 year old Welsh Section D pony who was diagnosed with Equine Cushing’s disease (PPID) last August after a mild bout of laminitis prompted a test for this condition. Her owner, Marie, had noticed that Lucy had also not shed her winter coat very well, that she had had a few recurrent skin infections, and that she was a little lethargic. Since her diagnosis Lucy has started treatment to manage the Equine Cushing’s disease, and has also subsequently been diagnosed with EMS (Equine Metabolic Syndrome). Both EMS and Equine Cushing’s disease can increase a horse’s risk of developing laminitis, so it is important that both are managed appropriately in order to keep this laminitis risk as low as possible. Lucy now has a low sugar and low starch diet to manage her EMS, and as a result she has lost a lot of weight since January. This weight loss has also helped manage the arthritis that Lucy has in all four legs, and Marie reports that Lucy has “done very well” since being put on treatment and her bespoke nutritional plan. Lucy is a great example of how Equine Cushing’s disease can be managed in conjunction with other conditions and clinical signs – we’re so pleased that she is doing well!

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