Recent News for Metabolic Problems

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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

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ACVIM Conference Highlights

October 01, 2008

Among the hot topics this year were nutritional supplements, infectious disease, and metabolism problems.

What do nutritional supplements, infectious diseases, and snake bites have in common? All were considered "hot... Read More

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Autumn Challenges for Cushing's Diagnosis, Management

September 27, 2008

Owners of older horses that exhibit any of the classic signs of Cushing's during the fall months work with their veterinarians to determine whether they should test or treat horses until diagnoses can be confirmed.... Read More

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Genetic Mutation for Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy Widespread

September 20, 2008

Veterinary researchers from the University of Minnesota have identified a gene potentially responsible for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in Quarter Horses and, in doing so, they uncovered a number of research leads to pursue. In a... Read More

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Diagnosing Insulin Resistance: Q&A with Researchers

August 28, 2008

Over the past few years researchers have described a strong association between insulin resistance and laminitis in equines. They are working now on defining standard testing protocols and interpretations to identify horses at highest risk for... Read More

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Obesity: Big-Boned Beastie

August 01, 2008

Obese horses should be taken off pasture, except for very short (30-minute) turnout periods two or three times a day for exercise, and a grazing muzzle should be used at these times.... Read More

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Insulin Resistance and Sensitivity, Causes and Management

July 23, 2008

Insulin sensitivity and insulin resistance in horses have become increasingly important areas of research in equine medicine over the past several years, as evidenced by the timely and popular presentations at this year's American College of... Read More

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Laminitis, PPID: The Science of Seasons Behind Them

July 20, 2008

Research groups reported their findings of the impact of seasonal variations for pituitary glad dysfunction.... Read More

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A Better Way?

July 01, 2008

Breeders willing to risk disease or injury for the traits they desire are at the heart of the problems we face today.

We've had bad news following bad news lately with the loss of some of the top horses in equestrian... Read More

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Diagnosing Muscle Soreness

June 01, 2008

Q: Last year my 18-year-old Quarter Horse mare became very sensitive to touch on her back and hindquarters. It progressed to a slight hind limb lameness. She would stand with her back feet close together until eventually she would... Read More

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Muscle Disorders in Warmbloods Easily Diagnosed through Biopsy

April 16, 2008

Owners of Warmbloods with debilitating--or sometimes just plain baffling--muscle disorders can get useful and reliable answers about their horses' conditions through a relatively simple muscle biopsy. So say University of Minnesota researchers,... Read More

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Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy: Blame It on the Genes

April 11, 2008

A genetic mutation in an enzyme called muscle glycogen synthase might be responsible for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM)--a debilitating and life-threatening disease in horses characterized by abnormally high glycogen (the storage form of... Read More

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Service Pony Recovers from Health Crisis

April 10, 2008

Thanks to the skill and kindness of several Texas veterinarians, a blind woman's assistive guide pony is recuperating from serious illness.

Trixie is a nearly 14-year-old Pony of the Americas mare, and she has been Tabitha Darling's service... Read More

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GetSmart Series: Managing Insulin Resistance

April 07, 2008

Does your horse have a cresty neck? Does he gain weight on air? Does he develop laminitis at the mere sight of spring grass? If so, your horse could have insulin resistance. Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA, medical director/staff veterinarian for SmartPa... Read More

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Feeding Horses with Endocrine Disorders

April 05, 2008

Nicholas Frank, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor of large animal clinical sciences at the University of Tennessee, spoke about equine endocrine disorders that are the most manageable by dietary control. There are two main endocrine... Read More

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Cytokines, Inflammation, and Insulin Resistance: Dangerous Liaisons

January 31, 2008

Insulin resistance, the body's inability to control blood sugar levels with normal amounts of insulin, is known to be associated with equine obesity, altered reproductive function, and pasture-associated laminitis. In addition, insulin resistance... Read More

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Thyroid Supplement Effective Addition to Equine Weight Loss Program

January 24, 2008

Researchers from Tennessee recently reported that daily administration of a high dose of levothyroxine sodium--a synthetic thyroid hormone supplement--for 48 weeks resulted in significant weight loss and an improvement in horses' insulin... Read More

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2007 Morris Animal Foundation Equine Research Wrap-Up

December 14, 2007

The results of equine research funded by the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) in 2007 added to scientists' understanding of foal pneumonia, hereditary muscle disorders, laminitis, and pharmacology.

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Cushing's, Parkinson's Link? Oklahoma State Researcher Receives Grant for Study

December 10, 2007

Dianne McFarlane, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, is an assistant professor with the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. McFarlane recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to... Read More

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Wedgewood Introduces Peppermint- and Alfalfa-Flavored Pergolide

December 04, 2007

Wedgewood Pharmacy has introduced peppermint- and alfalfa-flavored pergolide for horses in its Gourmeds dosage form. Gourmeds are chewable, naturally flavored tablets that are easy to administer.

Pergolide mesylate, a drug used to treat... Read More

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Carb Testing Program for Horse Feed and Hay

October 30, 2007

When it comes to horses, what does "low carb" mean? Lower than what? "There are several analytical procedures that measure sugar, and each one measures a slightly different fraction," said Kathryn Watts, BS, owner of Rocky Mountain Research & Consult... Read More

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New Research on PSSM Prevalence, Heritability in Progress

October 04, 2007

Researchers with the University of Minnesota have identified polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in 6-12% of overtly healthy Quarter Horses on six farms involved in a new study. They also said the disease could be more common within certain... Read More

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Morris Animal Foundation Funding 11 Equine Studies in 2008

September 25, 2007

In 2008, the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) will fund about 120 animal health studies, including 11 new and continuing studies for horses. Equine enthusiasts are invited to sponsor or co-sponsor one of these studies with a total gift of $3,000 o... Read More