19 Nov Are You Looking Out for PPID?
PPID is the most common endocrine disorder in aged horses and it can occur in horses of any breed. Many of these horses are “Easy keepers” resulting in obesity, laminitis, lethargy and other signs. Other than the typical long curly coat that is late to shed out in the spring other considerations include abnormal sweating, neurologic deficits, a cresty neck and even excessive thirst.
A horse as young as 7 years could potentially be susceptible to PPID, Keeping an eye on your horse and diagnosing the issue earlier may offer horses suffering from the disease a higher quality of living. Studies suggest that between 15-30% of horses 15 years of age and older are affected by the disease. The clinical signs of PPID that could help you recognize and diagnose your horse early may include: decreased athletic performance, delayed hair coat shedding or regional hypertrichosis, and Laminitis.
Some clinical signs of PPID don’t show up until later on in the development of the disorder, however. Things like Skeletal muscle atrophy, rounded abdomen, abnormal sweating (both increased and decreased), Recurrent infections, parasitism, and seizure-like activity are all signs that appear as advanced symptoms. For horses diagnosed with PPID, or “Cushing’s,” it is easily managed and treated with daily medication. Our veterinarians can help you care for your horse to create a healthier and more comfortable life.*
* Information from Boehringer Ingelheim.
1) Schott HC. Pars pituitary intermedia dysfunction: challenges of diagnosis and treatment. In: Proceedings from the 52nd AmericanAssociation of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention; December 2–6, 2006; San Antonio, TX.
2) Ireland, J.L., et. al. Comparison of owner-reported health problems with veterinary assessment of geriatric horses in the United Kingdom.In: Equine Veterinary Journal; ISSN 0425-1644. 2012.