Re: Senior Gelding Diagnosed with cushings and having bladder issues

Eleanor Kellon, VMD

Purina Senior has 2.5 to 5 times more calcium than the requirement and much more than most grass hays.  Beet pulp is almost as high as alfalfa!  Forget about pituitary supplements (there really is no such thing).  If his ACTH is controlled on that dose of pergolide and his insulin is normal, you could give him some plain oats (low calcium) and use Uckele Equi VM (calcium free) until you get a hay analysis .  Corn oil is a proinflammatory fat. Better to feed him 4 oz of stabilized flax. Very important is at least 1.5 ounces of salt a day to make him drink well and keep the bladder flushed out. Try coating those scalded areas on his legs with a thick layer of Vaseline or Desitin.
Eleanor in PA 
EC Owner 2001

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