Cushing's disease is caused by a tumor of the pituitary gland, which is the small gland at the base of the brain which regulates the rest of the horse's endocrine systems. Horses with Cushing's disease can be easily recognized by their coarse, wavy coat that often fails to shed out in the summer. Other symptoms are excessive thirst, combined with excessive urination. A normal horse will drink in the region of 5 - 8 gallons per day, whereas a horse suffering from Cushing's disease will drink as much as 20 gallons per day. Affected horses often have a pot-bellied appearance, combined with a loss of muscle on the top line. In addition, horses with Cushing's disease are often more susceptible to other diseases because their immune system has been compromised. The good news is that once Cushing’s disease has been diagnosed, treatment is simple, if long term, and in many cases allowing the horse to return to normal health. Prascend is the first and only medicine available in the US that is fully approved by the FDA to treat Cushing's disease in horses. As part of the FDA approval process, Prascend was rigorously tested to prove its safety and effectiveness in reducing signs of Cushing’s disease in horses.
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