Focus On: Cushing’s Disease
On Thursday February 19th, Pineview hosted our latest Client Education Series meeting at the Boy’s and Girl’s Home at Lake, Waccamaw, in partnership with Beorhringer-Ingelheim and Purina, to talk about Equine Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction, or Cushing’s Disease. BI provided the audience with a great overview of the disease, as well as the latest results in their research and ways to help treat with Peroglide.
The most common clinical signs associated with Cushing’s Disease is a lack of shedding their heavy winter coat long into the summer months. Other signs include chronic lamintis, weight loss due to muscle atrophy, and abnormal deposition of fat across the body. Recent research suggests that increased sweating may be an early sign of Cushing’s disease but it is unknown if that is due to the lack of shedding their winter coat or true increased sweating. BI is currently investigating this relationship.
Purina then talked about ways to feed a horse that has been diagnosed with Cushing’s disease that works together with treatment. The first goal of feeding Cushinoid horses is to decrease the amount of sugar and starch in their diet, which can increase the likelihood of laminitis.
Next, it is important to feed them the right amount for their age and current weight. If they have already lost weight due to their disease, it is important to get them back to an ideal weight.
BI, Purina, and Pineview gave away raffle prizes so no one went home empty handed and Chadbourn Feeds fed everyone a wonderful dinner. Overall, we had a great turnout and received almost exclusively positive feedback from the event.