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.
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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.
Abnormal fat deposits
Horse of the Month
The first sign of Cushing’s that Tyson’s owner Jane noticed in her 24 year old cob was when he started growing a very thick dense coat. It wasn’t curly as Jane had thought a Cushing’s coat would be, and before this he had always been in good health. Soon after this he developed an eye ulcer which unfortunately resulted in him having his eye removed. Jane reports that he never really recovered from the operation: he lost weight, lost condition, became depressed and was far from the big round cob he had always been.
At this point his owners took the advice of their ‘wonderful vet’ who tested Tyson for Cushing’s – the test was positive and so he started daily medication to treat the condition. Unfortunately Tyson temporarily lost his appetite when he first started medication, but Jane persevered with lots of palatable feed and after he had been on treatment for around 8 weeks the difference was noticeable – he had gained weight, his condition was much improved, and his coat was smooth. By 12 weeks he was back to his old self, and he even came out of retirement and enjoyed some light hacking this summer!
Jane says “Amazing turn around for an old boy! I thought the outcome may have been a lot different if we hadn’t started the treatment. He gets a small daily hard feed with his medication and lots of good grass apart from that nothing different than the last ten years.”
Thank you for sharing Tyson’s story Jane – we’re delighted that he’s doing so well!
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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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