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PPDI (Equine Cushings Disease)

PPID was formerly known as Equine Cushings Disease

Cause:

Equine Cushing’s Disease is typically a disease of the older horse. The prevalence is greater in horses over the age of 15. The disease is caused by an overactivity in the Pituitary Gland. This overactivity causes an increase in release of hormones such as ACTH.

Clinical signs:

Laminitis, excessive hair growth (hirsutism), increased drinking and urination, increased or ‘patchy’ sweating, abnormal fat deposition, insulin resistance, lethargy.

Treatment:

Pergolide (prascend)

This works by decreasing the amount of excess hormones being produced by the pituitary gland. 

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