Wrexham Equine Care
Fyrnwy Equine Clinic is a specialist dedicated equine practice covering Shropshire, Wales, Cheshire and Staffordshire.
We offer a professional and compassionate service to you and your horses, with services including a highly experienced ambulatory equine practice and an expert, fully equipped surgical facility.keyboard_arrow_right
Wrexham Equine Care is a dedicated team of experienced vets specialising in treating horses, ponies and donkeys across Cheshire, Wrexham and Shropshire.
Our mission: To improve the health and performance of horses and ponies across the region, by providing the highest standard of veterinary treatment and preventative care in order to help both horse and rider achieve a winning partnership.keyboard_arrow_right
Managing your horse with Cushing’s Disease
Your horse has been diagnosed with PPID – what causes it and what are the signs?
• PPID or equine Cushing’s disease is a hormonal disease caused by changes in the pituitary gland (which is found at the base of the brain). PPID refers to this abnormality.
• It becomes increasingly common with age and is thought to affect more than 20% of horses over the age of 15. It is very uncommon in horses below 15 years of age.
• Horses and ponies with PPID don’t produce enough of a chemical (neurotransmitter) called dopamine, and this means that the pituitary gland becomes unregulated and produces too many hormones.
• The exact mix of abnormal hormones varies a lot between cases, hence the variety in clinical signs associated with the disease, including:
o Laminitis / recurrent laminitis.
o Hypertrichosis (an abnormal hair coat which can range from mild…