My Horse Has Laminitis, Could It Have Cushing's As Well?
Posted on 2nd March 2018 at 10:17
Laminitis is an inflammation of an area of the hoof wall full of blood vessels.
There are many causes of Laminitis one common cause being high levels of insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar levels.
High insulin levels are often seen in horses with Cushing's, making them more likely to suffer from Laminitis.
Other symptoms of Cushing’s include; increased drinking and urination, curly coats and late shedding, muscle wastage, weight loss, lethargy and a pot belly.
Cushing’s is typically seen in horses over 15 years old .
We recommend blood testing any horse suffering from laminitis or showing other signs of Cushing's. There is currently a free blood test for horses not previously diagnosed with Cushing's.
We normally test the levels of a hormone called ACTH. This is usually abnormal in horses with Cushing's.
Horses with Cushing's are treated with a medicine called Prascend. This helps regulate ACTH levels and controls clinical signs. This is normally a life long treatment as Cushing's can not be cured but can be well managed. We initially recommend regular examinations and blood tests of your horse to monitor the condition to assess how they are responding to the medication.
For more information please see www.talkaboutlaminitis.co.uk or speak to a member of the team.
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