Cushings Disease

Cushings Disease

Cushing’s disease, or Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) is a chronic, progressive condition caused by an imbalance in the hormones produced by the pituitary gland. The disease commonly affects horses and ponies over the age of 15 and due to rising life expectancy rates, it is becoming increasingly prevalent. 

Signs can often vary from horse to horse and some may be more obvious than others. They often include: 

  • Muscle wastage 
  • Abnormal fat deposits and sweating
  • Reduced immune function; this can result in recurring skin and respiratory infections   including sinusitis, dental disease and an increased susceptibility to worms.
  • Lethargy
  • Laminitis 
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Abnormal coat

It is important to contact your vet if you believe your horse is suffering from Cushing’s

BHS - Cushings

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