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Evaluating if Horses with Cushing’s Disease Have a Harder Time Absorbing Nutrients

Cushing’s disease is the most common endocrine (i.e., hormonal) disease affecting horses. More than 50 percent of horses with this disorder develop chronic laminitis and have poor body condition, which frequently leads to euthanasia. Although these horses have a good appetite, their poor body condition suggests that the body isn’t using nutrients effectively. Researchers from Michigan State University will assess if horses with Cushing’s disease have a harder time absorbing and using nutrients. Results could lead to improved nutritional strategies for affected horses.

Dr. Nathalie L. Trottier, Michigan State University, Pilot Study