New tool offers helping hand in caring for senior horses

By | May 7, 2019
s Senior Horse Tool includes a wealth of information on PPID  New tool offers helping mitt inwards caring for senior horses
Equine Guelph’s Senior Horse Tool includes a wealth of information on PPID (Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction). © Equine Guelph

A novel tool to aid owners attention for horses who are inwards their golden years has been developed.

Created yesteryear Canada’s Equine Guelph too pharmaceutical fellowship Boehringer Ingelheim, Equine Guelph’s Senior Horse Tool aims to aid owners larn to a greater extent than nearly the management of senior horses too atmospheric condition that may impact them.

There is no criterion historic catamenia to create upwardly one’s hear when a Equus caballus becomes a senior. Instead, factors similar breed, wellness conditions, previous use, too history of attention tin all impact when a Equus caballus is considered senior. Changes that mightiness brand a Equus caballus a senior tin creep upwardly slow over fourth dimension too this makes it of import to continually assess older horses. In older horses, a major lawsuit is Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), a status that tin impact 15-30% of senior equines, too the tool offers a “click too reveal” activeness where viewers are tested on whether they tin alternative out horses amongst the condition.

The tool covers wellness issues too diet, too in that place is a quiz to exam cognition on issues related to the wellness too management of senior horses. There are also additional resources amongst links to helpful videos too fact sheets on senior Equus caballus issues, including PPID.

Most Equus caballus owners realize that every Equus caballus should last treated every bit an private when developing a diet to run across their nutritional needs. However, in that place are iv principal groups that senior horses tin last divided into when categorizing their needs:

  1. The Healthy Senior
  2. The Overweight/Obese Senior
  3. The Senior that is Losing Condition
  4. The Senior amongst Health Issues (the Geriatric horse)

Some of the horses inwards the finally “Senior amongst Health Issues” category may last affected yesteryear PPID, too the Senior Horse Tool includes a wealth of information on the topic, every bit good every bit a video of horses amongst PPID earlier too afterwards treatment.

“Every autumn Boehringer Ingelheim sponsors a PPID testing campaign inwards partnership amongst Animal Health Laboratory,” said Doug Myers, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.

“Over the yesteryear v years to a greater extent than than 1700 horses convey been tested too 62% were positive for PPID.”


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