Recent News for Metabolic Problems
July 24, 2009
Lameness, weight loss, colic, and equine Cushing's syndrome are the four top reasons for euthanizing an older horse, said Catherine McGowan, BVSc, PhD, RCVS, European specialist in equine internal medicine, who presented research by Thomas... Read More
June 29, 2009
Pasture-induced laminitis (sometimes referred to as founder) can be triggered when susceptible horses ingest high amounts of sugar or fructans that are naturally found in some pasture grasses.
Susceptible horses include, but are not limited... Read More
June 18, 2009
Collaborative efforts between researchers on both sides of the Atlantic have identified that a genetic mutation in enzyme glycogen synthase 1 (GYS1) is an important cause of polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM, a form of... Read More
June 16, 2009
The sport in which horses participate often dictates the body condition in which they are maintained. Polo ponies are typically sleek and trim, their fitness evident in a tight, tucked-up appearance. The same can be said of most racehorses.... Read More
June 12, 2009
Maternal nutrition and early foal nutrition could impact the development of the organs and systems that control energy metabolism later in life, suggest the authors of a recent research report. "In other species, it has been demonstrated... Read More
June 08, 2009
The study group's objectives were to determine if there is a difference in blood glucose and insulin response to feeding hay types with varying water soluble sugar and starch (NSC) content between horses with PSSM and control horses.... Read More
May 25, 2009
Oregon State Researchers suggest that a low bioavailability and a rapid rate of elimination of the drug metformin might explain the "varied reports of clinical success" for improving insulin sensitivity in horses.
Metformin is an oral... Read More
May 21, 2009
Not only is polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) a common and important muscular disorder in various horse breeds in the United States, but according to a recent research report, it is also a common diagnosis in horses in the Unite... Read More
May 18, 2009
Researchers at Auburn University still need horses to participate in a study that will examine the use of chasteberry (vitex agnus castus) supplements in horses with Cushing's disease.
Chasteberry supplements are ofte... Read More
April 22, 2009
To better control blood sugar and insulin levels, horse owners are encouraged to limit starch intake in their animals, rather than only supplementing their horse's diet with fats, recommends Ingrid Vervuert, DrMedVet, PhD, and... Read More
April 17, 2009
A horse with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) is typically middle-aged with either generalized or regional adiposity (fat deposits). The horse with Cushing's or pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) is typically older than the horse with EMS;... Read More
April 14, 2009
Researchers at Auburn University need horses to participate in a study that will examine the use of chasteberry (vitex agnus castus) supplements in horses with Cushing's disease.
This study, which is being conducted throug... Read More
April 01, 2009
Q: My 18-year-old Percheron/ Morgan gelding was diagnosed with insulin resistance. Just prior to being confined to stall rest for a connective tissue injury, his insulin was 67 microIU/mL. The vet did a dexamethasone suppression... Read More
March 13, 2009
Polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) is a metabolic muscle problem found in at least 20 breeds, including Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas, and drafts. An affected horse suffers bouts of exertional rhabdomyolysis (tying-up), muscle tremors... Read More
March 06, 2009
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February 21, 2009
Researchers have recently cautioned horse owners currently treating horses diagnosed with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, or equine Cushing's syndrome) that the compounded form of the drug pergolide mesylate can become... Read More
February 02, 2009
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December 22, 2008
In California, teff is being called the "perfect grass for foundered horses." But is teff hay always safe for horses that are intolerant of high-sugar forage? Teff grass (Eragrostis teff) is a new type of grass being introduced around the... Read More
December 18, 2008
December 03, 2008
A colt born with type-1 diabetes might be the first documented equine case of the illness, according to his veterinarian, Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky.
The Kentucky Mountain Saddle... Read More
December 01, 2008
Q: As soon as my 20-year-old gelding was diagnosed with equine Cushing's disease, I eliminated glucosamine from his diet. However, he appears to have become gradually and increasingly stiff and short-strided without it. I really think that it helped ... Read More
November 25, 2008
Elanco Animal Health (a division of Eli Lilly and Company), in collaboration with Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University, and Louisiana State University, is seeking horses with equine Cushing's disease, also known as pituitary pars... Read More
October 19, 2008
Insulin resistance can lead to Type II diabetes in people. In horses, it can lead to what is called equine metabolic syndrome (EMS).
"We have diagnosed five or six horses (with EMS) here at Washington State University's Veterinary... Read More
October 06, 2008
Despite having recently identified a genetic defect that results in polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in many horses, the underlying cause of PSSM remains to be determined in others.... Read More