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Free Cushings Lab Test and info on Laminitis and Cushings

So, **** just posted this on Facebook (copy and pasting from their website, not allowed to link as they have their own forum):

Although grass can trigger laminitis, up to 90%(1, 2) of cases are caused by an underlying hormonal condition, either Cushing’s disease (PPID) or Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS).

Moreover, analysis of Cushing’s test results from over 15,000 UK horses and ponies(3) has identified that Cushing’s is not just a disease of veteran animals, but could be responsible for laminitis in any horse or pony over the age of 10. In fact, more than a third of the 10-15 year olds within this group were positive for Cushing’s. They were tested because they were showing signs of the disease such as laminitis, abnormal hair coat, muscle wastage and fat deposits round the eyes. Horses or ponies with any of these clinical signs should be tested for Cushing’s so that the condition can be treated and managed appropriately.

With this in mind, the national disease awareness initiative ‘Talk About Laminitis’ will run until the end of October with free laboratory fees available for the blood test used to detect Cushing’s disease. The initiative is aimed at raising awareness of the underlying hormonal causes of laminitis, and is supported by Redwings, The British Horse Society and World Horse Welfare.

To participate in the free testing scheme or for further information talk to your vet or visit Talk About Laminitis to download your free blood test voucher*. Early diagnosis and intervention are critical to help reduce the risk of further recurrent episodes of laminitis.

* Free laboratory fees


Karikoski et al. (2011). The prevalence of endocrinopathic laminitis among horses presented for laminitis at a first-opinion/referral equine hospital. Domestic Animal Endocrinology 41 111–117
Donaldson et al. (2004). Evaluation of suspected pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction in horses with laminitis. J Am Vet Med Assoc;224:1123–1127.
Data from ‘Talk About Laminitis’ 2011-2013. Over 15,000 horses. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica

Unfortunately it's only in the UK as far as I know, but it contains some useful info, and may be useful to anyone on my side of the pond.
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are caused by an underlying hormonal condition, either Cushing’s disease (PPID) or Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS).
Begs the questions, what is causing the 'underlying hormonal condition' & how about focussing on managing to *avoid* the diseases rather than waiting for & then treating them once they've progressed to 'clinical'??
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Good point loosie and to those interested in the free blood tests.

Please remember it is only the lab readng fee that is free -- you will still have to pay your vet to come out and draw the blood:)

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