Pergolide remains the only FDA-approved medication for horses with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, or Cushing’s disease. It can, however, be costly for some owners and time-consuming to administer. In lieu of oral pergolide, a pair of veterinary surgeons recently explored whether surgery could help affected horses.
Equine Cushing’s disease remains a diagnostic challenge for veterinarians and a management puzzle for many horse owners. Although commonly referred to as equine Cushing’s disease, the more correct term, pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, better describes the condition.
Not all local anesthetics work equally well or long, so which local anesthetic should your vet choose? To determine which product most effectively blocks the nerves and lasts the longest, one research group recruited eight healthy horses to test the three products.
While widely recognized in certain breeds of horses over the past several centuries, until recently little was known about the cause of this neuromuscular disease or, more importantly, what to do about it.
Considering the economic impact of the equine industry worldwide, minimizing infectious disease and improving equine welfare continue to be important topics of conversation among professionals. During a recent conference, veterinarians discussed strategies to prevent infection through vaccination.
Laboratories dedicated to evaluating stallion sperm often use different staining methods to microscopically evaluate the structure of sperm cells. A recent study, however, shows that staining method and evaluator experience could impact the evaluator’s impression of sample quality, potentially resulting inaccurate evaluations.
Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), or equine Cushing’s disease, remains challenging to diagnose and according to the latest recommendations of the PPID Working Group, only two tests are recommended for diagnosis of the disease, depending on its severity.
New research suggests limb-sliding while attempting to stand may contribute to the development of osteochondrosis, an orthopedic disease of young horses characterized by abnormal cartilage formation.
According to a recently published study, diets high in protein should be avoided in horses at risk of enterolith formation to help minimize colic, including Arabians and other horses with a history of enteroliths.
One research group believes an oral glucose test may predict the occurrence of laminitis secondary to hormonal imbalances such as pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction.
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