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  • Talk About Laminitis- FREE ACTH tests are back

Have your horse tested for Cushings disease with FREE laboratory fees JULY-OCTOBER

This special offer is brought to you by Talk About Laminitis a national disease awareness initiative provided by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, to improve awareness and understanding of the underlying endocrine causes of laminitis.

Go to to download your voucher now and then contact your local Milbourn Equine branch to arrange a visit.

If your horse is prone to laminitis it’s important to know that although grass can be a trigger, up to 90% of cases are caused by an underlying hormonal disease.

Equine Cushing’s disease (PPID) and Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) are the two most common hormone or “endocrine” disorders of horses and ponies. Recent advances in our understanding of laminitis has changed our approach to the diagnosis and treatment of the problem. Despite the common perception that Cushing’s disease is solely a condition of veteran horses and ponies, new data shows that horse and ponies over the age of 10 can be commonly affected.

Cushing’s disease can be easily diagnosed by a blood test taken by your veterinary surgeon. If your horse or pony is within the 90% that do have an underlying hormonal disease, then it’s essential to reach the correct diagnosis as early as possible in order to be able to treat the laminitis appropriately and reduce the risk of future painful episodes.

Talk About Laminitis also offers a new interactive online aftercare service which enables horse owners & their vets to manage & monitor horses with PPID (Cushing’s Disease) post diagnosis.


Once you join TAL Care and Connect you will be able to set up a profile for your horse which allows all your ACTH results to be stored in one place so you can easily monitor your horse’s progress over time. You will also automatically receive relevant reminders when follow up ACTH tests are due.

In addition, a PPID owner information pack written by a panel of expert veterinary surgeons can be downloaded to provide you with comprehensive information on the condition. Edited by Prof. Catherine McGowan with contributions from Dr Jo Ireland, Prof. Andy Durham, David Rendle and Dr Teresa Hollands, the pack includes advice on monitoring and follow-up ACTH tests, feeding, general care of the PPID patient and the link between laminitis and PPID.