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:
- Complimentary* annual monitoring test
- 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
*complimentary laboratory fees only. Visit, blood sampling and interpretation fees may be applied by veterinary practices.
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.
Abnormal fat deposits
Horse of the Month
This handsome pony is our latest Horse of the Month! His name is Bishop Dale Tinker, and his owner Yvonne told us that she became concerned about him when “My normally active pony began to be lethargic and depressed, and his weight became a problem too. My farrier noticed he was showing low-lying laminitis although he wasn’t lame.”
After discussing these signs with his vet, a blood test was carried out. This showed an elevated ACTH level of 128 pg/ml which confirmed that Bishop Dale Tinker had Equine Cushing’s disease. He was prescribed medication to manage the disease, and Yvonne put him on restricted grazing, soaked his hay for 12 hours and exercised him daily in order to reduce his weight and laminitis risk. After following this regime for a month another blood test was taken which showed Bishop’s ACTH level had fallen to 24 pg/ml, which would be considered a normal level at the time of year the blood test was taken.
More importantly, Yvonne reports “he has all his energy back and has lost a great deal of weight. I’ve got my happy cheeky fell pony back!”
We are so pleased to hear your story Yvonne – thanks for sending it in!
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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