Percentage of Cushing's to get laminitis?
Dr. Kellon can you tell me or someone in the group give a reference to tell me what percentage of horse's with Cushing's untreated will get laminitis?
I have a friend that has a horse who shows all the signs of Cushing's and is losing weight rapidly. The friend understand the seriousness of founder but not much about Cushing's. If the percentage is pretty high then with a reference he is more likely to trust my suggestion to get the horse care.
Maybe have your friend read about Cushings/PPID at the new and improved ECIR website:
It does mention that laminitis used to be the most common cause of death/euthanasia in PPID horses. Now that we understand more, it doesn't have to be if the horse is managed. Showing all the signs of Cushings suggests that his horse may be pretty advanced in the disease process and would benefit from appropriate care.
Paula with Cory (IR) and Onyx (IR/PPID)
Bucks County, PA, USA
ECIR Primary Response
NRCplus 2011 ECIR 2014
Jaini Clougher (BSc,BVSc)
Merlin (over the bridge) ,Maggie,Gypsy, Ranger
Maxine and Indy
Canberra, Australia 2010
Thanks Jaini, I can't do anything for this horse and that is hard to watch. I am all to familiar with the signs but sharing somebody else's words that have the experience as well and the degree may be much more influential.
Where are people getting pergolide compounded? When I was working before people had to buy the very expensive Prascend. This is great to hear!
They will require the attending vet to agree to prescribe the compounded pergolide vs. the Name brand Prascend.
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Lavinia and George Too
Dante, Nappi and George over the Bridge
Jan 05, RI
EC Support Team
The Laminitis Trust in the UK has stated: "Equine Cushing's cases always develop laminitis if they live long enough." http://www.laminitis.org/cushings.html
Reported incidence of laminitis overall with PPID varies from 24 to 82%: http://www.j-evs.com/article/S0737-0806(10)00345-X/fulltext . The reason for the variation is that any individual study will be looking at a different population of horses - different ages, breeds, methods of detecting laminitis, stages of PPID, etc.
Eleanor in PA
EC Owner 2001
ECIR Archivist, Newmarket, Ontario March 2004
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