Can you prevent Cushing’s disease in horses?

Common sense equine health management policies may help prevent the disease as horses grow older. Owners and caretakers can reduce the stress on the animals by making the horse’s environment comfortable and safe and making any necessary changes in the horse’s life gradually.

Can Cushing’s disease be prevented?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent a tumor that causes Cushing’s syndrome.

Do horses with Cushings suffer?

In a horse suffering from Cushing’s disease, there either is not enough dopamine present or the body is not adequately recognizing it. This has an effect on the adrenal glands and the kidneys, and the horse becomes prone to having infections. In severe cases, Cushing’s disease can cause neurologic disease.

Can horses with Cushings eat grass?

Pasture grasses can have a high NSC content, especially during the spring and fall seasons, and the risk of colic and laminitis is greater when horses are on pasture. Since laminitis and founder are more common in horses with Cushing’s disease, pasture grazing should be severely limited or totally avoided.

Can stress cause Cushing’s?

Although cortisol is related to stress, there is no evidence that Cushing’s syndrome is directly or indirectly caused by stress. Cushing’s syndrome is considered rare, but that may be because it is under-reported.

Are you born with Cushings Syndrome?

Most cases of Cushing’s syndrome are not genetic. However, some individuals may develop Cushing’s syndrome due to an inherited tendency to develop tumors of one or more endocrine glands.

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Can horses with Cushings eat carrots?

Unfortunately most commercially made horse treats, as well as apples and carrots, can be high in sugar. This presents a problem with horses that have Cushing’s disease, or Insulin Resistance/Metabolic Syndrome, as those horses’ sugar and starch intake must be limited.

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