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February 6, 2013


How Stress Can Cause Cushing’s Syndrome in Horses

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

Mark DePaolo, DVM explains how stress can cause effects that can progress into Cushing’s Syndrome. Many of today’s horses are exposed to daily low-grade long term stress. As the severity of these stressors build, a horse’s susceptibility to Cushing’s Syndrome dramatically increase. 

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  1. Carole Weightman
    Oct 28 2014

    Have read your article and played your video I was wondering if any of your suggestions could be used on a donkey.
    I have had my donkey treated for over a year now with no effect and she is the point of being destroyed.
    She has been diagnosed with Cushing’s disease but this is not the only problem. She has had nerve block after no block cortisone injections in the knees. She still looks extremely unhappy. Currently she is on Bute but a high doze for a donkey. One sachet a day.
    Having looked at your video on neurological disorders I am now wondering if this is her problem.she does have an unstable movement you could push it over easily. Howgate is wobbly. I am now studying your video to see what she scores on each point you provided. My question being can I use all your tests on a donkey to show that she may have neurological problems and one is proving this what would be her treatment that that that may recommend
    Thanks for your time


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