Recent News for Metabolic Problems

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Aged Horse Health Screenings Recommended, ACVIM 2009

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

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Laminitis Risk Increased by Pasture Grass Sugars

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

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PSSM Genetic Mutation Reported in Some UK Horse Breeds

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

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Researchers Track Body Condition, Metabolic Conditions by Discipline

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

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Preventing Metabolic Disorders through Early Nutrition

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

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Effects of Hay Carbs on PSSM Horses Examined

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

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Metformin a Therapy in Progress for Equine Insulin Resistance

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

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UK Incidence of Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy Reported

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

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Auburn Researchers Need More Horses for Cushing's Study

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

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Study: Starch Limitation Key for Short-Term Blood Sugar Control

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

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Cushing's or Metabolic Syndrome?

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

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Geldings Sought for Cushing's Study at Auburn

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

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Insulin Resistance and Layup Time

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

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Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM): A Genetic Diagnosis, AAEP 2008

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

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New Equine Fact Sheets Available on TheHorse.com

March 06, 2009

TheHorse.com now offers additional Fact Sheets on topics our readers have indicated are important to them based on searched terms, reader views on that topic, surveys/polls, and personal communications.

Following are the newest Read More

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Stability and Efficacy of Compounded Pergolide Examined

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

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New Fact Sheets Available on TheHorse.com

February 02, 2009

TheHorse.com launched the first in a series of Fact Sheets on Jan. 13 to widespread acclaim. This week we present more Fact Sheets on topics that our readers have indicated are... Read More

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Diabetic Foal: Human Glucose Monitor Attempt Fails

January 12, 2009

A continuous glucose monitoring device normally used in humans has proven no match for the typical foal antics of Justin Credible, a foal with the first recorded case of type-1... Read More

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Teff Hay for Foundered Horses: A Good Fit?

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

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Human Medical Tools Might Help Foal Live with Diabetes

December 18, 2008

High-tech medical devices normally reserved for humans might prove helpful in managing the health of Justin Credible, the colt with the first documented case of type-1... Read More

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Kentucky Colt with Type-1 Diabetes Might Be First

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

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Glucosamine in a Cushing's Horse?

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

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Cushing's Horses Sought for Pergolide Study

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

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No Sugarcoating: Diagnosing and Managing the Insulin-Resistant Horse

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

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Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM): Search for Underlying Causes Continues

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