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Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction

Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), also referred to as equine Cushing’s disease, is a complex health problem that leaves many horse owners confused. After receiving the diagnosis from your veterinarian, you may be wondering what you can do to improve your horse’s quality of life. Fortunately, the prognosis for PPID is good in most cases; many horses can live long and healthy lives with proper management. While the horse industry has traditionally described this disease as equine Cushing’s, the name is misleading. The syndrome that we see in horses is different than Cushing’s disease in humans and dogs, both in the clinical signs and the disease process. For this reason, veterinarians now describe the syndrome as pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID). What Causes PPID? PPID is an endocrine disease or a disorder of the hormone system. Hormones are chemicals produced by the body that regulate cell and organ function. Most…

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