Advances in Equine Cushing's Disease - A Nutritional Perspective

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAR. 4, 2013 — Why is equine Cushing’s disease so common? Are all horses doomed to develop it as they get older? Is there such a thing as “pre-Cushing’s” and how can you tell without doing a lot of blood tests? If your horse has it, how can you prevent laminitis? On April 18, Dr. Getty will present a teleseminar on “Advances in Equine Cushing’s Disease—A Nutritional Perspective”; she will answer these questions and many more.

Cushing’s (more correctly known as Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction, or PPID) is a common disorder for which there is no cure. However, there are excellent ways to manage it, and that’s good news. But there’s even better news: There have been several important advances in the past two years. This is not a repeat of the teleseminar Dr. Getty presented a couple of years ago, but an entirely new one, with fresh news about things you can do to slow down the progression of PPID, even to the extent that your horse may never show signs of this disorder.

The teleseminar emphasizes:

  • Early signs of Cushing’s
  • Behavior changes
  • Body conformation changes
  • Diabetes and Cushing’s
  • Performance ability
  • Prescend – is this drug necessary?
  • Diagnosis and blood testing
  • Causes and prevention
  • Why it is so common
  • Protecting immune function
  • Blood tests – old and new
  • Preventing laminitis
  • Herbal treatment approaches

Submit questions in advance or during the teleseminar; Dr. Getty will answer all questions relevant to the topic. Also, you need not attend the teleseminar at its broadcast time; the next day, all registrants will receive a link to the teleseminar recording. The answers to all questions will be included in the recording.


  • Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013
  • Time: 8:00 to 9:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (7 pm Central; 6 pm Mountain; 5 pm Pacific)
  • Cost: $15 (your long distance charges may apply); $27 for teleseminar plus audio CD (For previous registrants: $10; $22 for teleseminar plus audio CD). Note: If you registered for the previous teleseminar, you can receive a discount.
  • For more information and to register, go to Click on “TeleSeminars.”

Join Dr. Juliet Getty and learn more about this disease, and how to keep your horse healthy so he can live a long, quality life.

Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. is an internationally respected equine nutritionist available for private consultations and speaking engagements. Dr. Getty is the Contributing Nutrition Editor for the Horse Journal, and her comprehensive reference book, Feed Your Horse Like a Horse is offered for purchase through her website and at Also at, sign up for her informative—and free—monthly newsletter, Forage for Thought, read articles, search her nutrition forum, enroll in upcoming teleseminars and purchase previously recorded events. Contact Dr. Getty directly at [email protected], and meet her in person this April 12 & 13 at Equine Affaire in Columbus, OH, where she will be presenting four seminars. The whole Equine Affaire runs from April 11-14.

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