Equine Cushing’s Syndrome: A Hairy Situation

By Garrett Metcalf, DVM

Does your horse appear to not shed its winter hair coat like it used too? Is your horse having trouble keeping good muscle mass, getting a potbelly or having trouble with its feet? These can all be signs of Equine Cushing’s Syndrome.

Disease Overview

Equine Cushing’s Syndrome is also known as PPID or Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction. Veterinarians will often use the terms interchangeably, but the terms are referring to the same disease process.

PPID is one of the most common endocrine diseases of horses. The pituitary gland is a very important part of the endocrine system and hormonal control of the horse. The hormones released from the pituitary gland have a major role in multiple organ functions and homeostasis of the horse. The pituitary gland resides at the base of the brain near the front of the skull.

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