Claire & Tamera

Marc Davis <lmdavis@...>

Hi Claire:

Welcome to the list. I hope you find it as informative and supportive as the
rest of us do. It sounds like you're doing a lot to keep Tamera comfortable!
Thermo-regulation is difficult for many Cushingoid horses so anything you
can do to help is great.

What information was used to diagnose her Cushings? Is it based only on
clinical symptoms or was some blood work done? If you want to find out more
about how others on this list are treating their horses you can look up some
of the old posts in the archives. I believe there are also some links to
some very good articles there. I also found that using the search engine and doing a search on Equine Cushings gave me some good
articles on the subject. Most of the other search engines are too general
and it would take a lifetime to sort through the stuff.

If you're unsure about whether to treat with meds or not you might ask your
vet why he/she didn't think she needed to be on med. Sometimes they seem to
postpone starting because of the expense of the drugs. This list has some
sources that are quite often much less than the local pharmacy or vet clinic
can compete with. If you really want to try I would press your vet a little
more. Also, some people have had success with much lower doses than
previously used (which reduces the cost). Again there is a lot more
information out there. Its worth researching.

In the end, we all have to be responsible for our own horses. We all wish we
could keep them going forever but there's only so much we can do.

Good luck and please share any information you find with the list!