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.
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Horse of the Month
The first Horse of the Month for 2021 is Lulu! Lulu’s owner Jess told us that “I've had Lulu for 11 years, and being a happy hacker I started to notice that she was slightly breathless after our usual uphill canters. I assumed this was just a sign of her age and didn't think too much about it until she became lethargic on our rides which concerned me. Around this time she had a bit of a sticky eye which despite treating kept coming back, and she had also developed a cresty neck and a pot belly. Not long after these observations the vet came to microchip her so I asked for her opinion. She immediately recommended a Cushing’s test.
When the result came back positive I was taken slightly by surprise as I'd told myself I was just ruling it out. The vet prescribed a daily tablet to treat the condition, and I was amazed how quickly I noticed a difference! Her cresty neck was the first thing to change - and this was after just a couple of weeks of treatment! She is also back to her old self with regard to energy. Luckily she has never suffered from laminitis so hopefully I caught it early. Around the time of starting the medication I moved house and now have her at home which is lovely so am hoping for many more riding years with my old girl”
This is such a lovely story Jess – thanks so much for sharing it with us
We are always interested to hear your stories about identifying and managing Equine Cushing's disease so that other owners can learn from the shared experiences of our community. Please do take a moment to send us your horse's story, and we will feature one horse each month on our Horse of the Month section.
- Please include:
- The signs of Equine Cushing's disease which your horse was showing before treatment began and how/why you spotted them
- When/how Cushing's diease was diagnosed and your feelings about the diagnosis
- The treatment that your vet has prescribed and any management changes that you have made
- How your horse is doing now and why you feel they have benefitted from the identification and management of this condition
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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