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"Gregg" from Pennsylvania

TYPE: Equine, stallion
WEIGHT: 1125lbs


AGE WHEN DIAGNOSED WITH CUSHINGS: 16

TREATMENT LENGTH: ongoing, 3 years

TREATMENT TYPE: Holistic

PRODUCTS TRIED: flax seed hulls, chaste tree berries

 

Dear Diary,

Introduction...

I have been riding horses since the age of 7, and finally at the age of 35 bought my first horse at a local benefit auction in Pennsylvania. He was already 9 years old but as you can imagine your first owned horse is very memorable, they are such noble loving creatures that can peer into your very soul. I always joked around that I'd rather have a horse than a husband, well now I have both (and they seem to get along just fine!).

 


In Conclusion...

Gregg the horse at the age of 16 was diagnosed with Cushings Disease. We knew something was wrong after witnessing increased thirst and over a bit of time a loss in muscle. Our fears were confirmed after a blood sample was taken and tests run on it. He also began showing signs of a pot belly and had some abnormal hair growth. His dull coat was usually the first thing people would notice, as well as an incredible amount of urine flow. We were told to make sure he had a calm environment and to keep him from being stressed and to remove simple carbs from his daily diet and to add flax seed hulls which are supposedly high in antioxidants and chaste tree berries. Thankfully you can buy both of those in bulk on ebay and other places.

While he doesn't care for the smell of the berries and we had to mask it by mixing it with molasses, the flax and berries have made a huge difference after about 10 months. His coat is now in great shape, and he is much more alert and lively. I realize there is no cure but this is the next best thing making his life more comfortable and he is now able to go about his normal routine.


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Interesting Facts

Cushings Disease is most common in dogs, and is mostly seen in middle and senior aged dogs. Pituitary gland tumors are more commonly found than adrenal gland tumors.

Approximately ten out of every million humans are diagnosed with Cushings Disease.

In horses it is referred to as ECD, Equine Cushings Disease.

Cushings Disease, while not seen as often in cats, is more likely to affect females than males and diabetes is commonly diagnosed along with it.

Did you know....

"Cushings Disease is the most common endocrine disorder in older dogs. It's important that people are aware that while there is no cure (yet) the condition IS treatable and many more happy years can be had with their beloved pet."