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?
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.
Features of membership
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.
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Horse of the Month
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!
Share your story about managing PPID/Equine Cushing's disease
The treatment for Equine Cushing’s disease is a prescription-only medicine, known as a POM-V, and can only be prescribed by your vet. This section of the website is provided as an information service for owners of horses who have been prescribed the POM-V medicine, Prascend® 1 mg tablets for horses, by their vet. Please click 'OK, I accept' to confirm that you are either a veterinary surgeon or an owner of a horse that has been prescribed Prascend by your vet.
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