Our nationwide ACTH testing scheme is changing

From 11th March 2020 you will only be able to claim a complimentary* diagnostic test for Equine Cushing's disease through your veterinary practice.

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:

  • 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.

Laminitis Rings

Laminitis

Lethargy

Lethargy

Recurrent infections

Recurrent infections

Reduced fertility

Reduced fertility

Increased thirst/urination

Increased thirst/urination

Muscle wastage

Muscle wastage

Abnormal fat deposits

Abnormal fat deposits

Abnormal sweating

Abnormal sweating

Abnormal coat

Abnormal coat

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

'Troy' Seabridge

Our September Horse of the Month is Troy! Troy is a 22 year old Welsh Section D. Earlier this year his owner, Debbie, noticed that he had a long dull coat that hadn’t fully shed in the Spring, and that he had developed fat pads above his eyes. Troy’s vet took a blood sample showed that he had Equine Cushing’s disease, and prescribed a daily tablet to control this condition. Debbie was also advised to change his diet to a low sugar and starch diet, and to re-test him after a few weeks on this new regime.

 

Troy’s second blood test showed that he needed a slightly higher dose of medication in order to fully control his Cushing’s disease.  This is why it is so important to have a second blood test after starting medication for Equine Cushing’s disease. Although many horses are well controlled on their starting dose, some need a little more or even a little less than the standard starting dose in order to minimise the risk of Cushing’s symptoms returning. Now that Troy is being treated with the perfect dose Debbie reports that he has lost his winter coat, looks really healthy and shiny, and that the fat pads over his eyes have gone as well.

 

We’re so pleased that Troy is doing well Debbie – thank you for sharing his story 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