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I have a senior mare with cushiness and losing weight and…

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I have a senior...

I have a senior mare with cushiness and losing weight and muscle

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the horse's name and age?

Teagan 30 years old

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the horse's name?

Teagan

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Teagan?

Is a little weak in hip area

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Horse Veterinary
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Horse Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Horse Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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Hello. My name is***** and I am an equine veterinarian that can answer your question. I understand Teagan has a diagnosis of Cushing's Disease and is losing weight and muscle. I am sorry to hear about what is happening. Has Teagan had a test to confirm this diagnosis and is she currently being treated?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
she is on a pill a day.
She will not eat grain just hay
Horse Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Horse Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Thank you for that information. The dose of Pergolide is usually 1 mg / day. The first thing to do is consider increasing the Pergolide to 2 mg/day and observe for improvement of the overall body condition. There is a rather wide margin of safety, so increasing the dose should not cause complications under the observation of a veterinarian. It would do you well to check the hay for Alsike clover and get it removed if you find it - I am not sure if it is in your area, but it can cause weight loss. Finally, performing a baseline blood test to assess for liver and kidney function would also be a good idea to determine if there is protein loss, which would also contribute to weight loss. This would not be related to the Cushing's Disease, but it is just a good idea in a 30-year old horse :).

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Horse Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Horse Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

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Horse Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Horse Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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