• Christine Keate

Survey to improve understanding of PPID

If you manage or, have previously managed a horse or pony aged 15+, particularly one with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), SPILLERS™ is encouraging you to participate in a survey to help better understand and improve the management of this condition.

PPID, also known as Equine Cushing’s, is a common condition in older horses and ponies and can be linked to a range of problems including laminitis, weight loss, delayed coat shedding and a long curly coat. The survey is being conducted by the University of Melbourne, Australia, with support from the WALTHAM™ Equine Studies Group and, in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology, The Royal Veterinary College, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica and The Liphook Equine Hospital (UK).

This study is part of a major international project to improve the understanding and knowledge of the fundamental causes of PPID, in order to improve early diagnosis, treatment, husbandry and nutritional management.

The short, anonymous online survey should enable researchers to better understand how owners make treatment decisions and, which decisions have the best outcomes. It will provide an insight into how owners comply with administering medication and, their capacity to feed PPID horses separately, as well as the costs and the side-effects of medications.

“The survey will provide valuable information to help improve the healthcare and management of PPID horses,” said Clare Barfoot RNutr, Marketing and Research and Development Director at SPILLERS. “It will also give us a clearer insight into current levels of knowledge amongst horse owners and how best to provide practical, targeted information on PPID.

“We are proud to be involved with collaborations that bring together world-leading equine veterinary, nutrition and, research experts interested in working on healthcare in the older horse,” said Clare.

To take the survey please click here


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