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  • Cushings woes

    My 23 yo gelding has been on Cushings meds for a couple of years now. Unfortunately his worst symptom is thermoregulation. He does not drink excessively, no sign of laminitis. He *is* furry but clippers solve that problem. Had him up to 2 pills a day of Prascend last summer, really didn't get the desired effect. Vet decided to combine cyproheptadine and a lowered dose of Prascend which did. Thought we were onto something but this spring he is struggling again. Right now he is getting 1.5 Prascend pills and 2.5 cc of cyproheptadine along with Cushing's Care daily. He weighs about 1100 lbs.There is still room to up his meds of course, but is there anything else? I have also heard about cooling blankets, do they make those for horses? Last summer I kept him in during the day with a fan blowing on him but I'd like to be prepared in case this isn't enough this year. Luckily he is quite philosophical about staying in as long as he has a friend and food.
    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines.

  • #2
    Our gelding was not losing weight enough on Prascend and a very strict diet after 2 years.
    Our vet added thyroid supplement and now for another 2 1/2 years he is just right and doing fine.

    Ask your vet if adding thyroid supplement would be something to try with your horse?


    • #3
      I never heard of Cushings Care. Does it contain Chaste Tree Berry? That may help if you haven't tried it yet.


      • #4
        Originally posted by Bluey View Post
        Our gelding was not losing weight enough on Prascend and a very strict diet after 2 years.
        Our vet added thyroid supplement and now for another 2 1/2 years he is just right and doing fine.

        Ask your vet if adding thyroid supplement would be something to try with your horse?
        This assumes the horse is overweight. My Cushings pony is a hard keeper and we have to work hard to keep weight on him. So it definitely depends on the horse.

        I have dog cooling jackets but they don't work all day - you need to wet them for them to work, so once dry they don't help. But it could be worth looking into a horse sized one if you were trying to cool him down quickly.


        • #5
          Thyroid regulates way more than weight.

          For horses where that supplement is indicated, it may help with weight control, gaining or losing weight, with shedding, with temperature control and so much more.

          Just more to check out and add to the horse that may be indicated for.


          • #6
            My old mare had a lot of problems last year and was in really bad shape. My vet and I had tried about everything. He has over 50 years experience and had never seen another horse like her. We ultimately decided to wean her off meds for Cushings and treat her for hypothyroid. It was very rough for a while, but she’s now back to her normal self after a year. Her temperature regulation issues aren’t a problem anymore. I’ve talked to other horse people who’ve had horses that were diagnosed with Cushings that responded well to treatment for hypothyroid.

            Its worth talking to your vet about.


            • #7
              I never heard of Cushings Care either. Since I have a 30 year old gelding with Cushing's, I too am interested in this product. Rooty please come back and tell us more!

              There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - Dave Barry


              • #8
                I keep my 26 year old at a barn of nothing but retirees and at least half have cushings. Every single one is on Prascend and Thryo-L. With clipping that helps regulate temps. In the heat of summer we keep them under cover with doors open and an embarrassing quantity of fans on. They'll get hosed down in the middle of the day also if need be.