Cushings disease in horses is, sadly not uncommon. However, when you understand what can cause it, then you can prevent it altogether. And as a bonus, ensure your horse has great and lasting good health.
The medical diagnosis of cushing’s disease or syndrome comes from a blood test showing excess cortisol and the physical signs of fatty swellings, especially at the withers and face. Weakness can result.
This can be a result of an excess of secretion by the pituitary gland. It can also be a result of the adrenal cortex, situated at the kidneys, releasing too much glucocortisoids. A third reason can be from what is known as an iatrogenic (caused by drugs) over-zealous administration of cortisone veterinary treatment.
I have noticed that in a huge percentage of veterinary treatments of horses, some form of cortisone treatment is invariably used. And often it is not indicated or required.
At the slightest hint of pain in a horse, cortisone is often given. Presumably this is to allow the horse to continue his work. But who does that benefit? Certainly not the horse.
If a horse has become lame, the cause of the lameness needs to be discovered and dealt with. Masking it so the horse can still perform will only make it worse in the long run.
And, if done frequently, can result in Cushing’s disease.
How much better it is to deal with the cause of the lameness in a holistic way. This can not only be the most effective way, in the long term. It can also be the fastest way in the short term. And all without the potential of harm later in life.
Homeopathy is just such a modality of health care. Its enormous scope for deep healing, by supporting the horse’s best healing efforts, by stimulating the immune system, by personalising the horse’s unique expression of imbalance all go towards resolving the original cause.
The healing remedies themselves resolve any associated pain, so pain relief becomes a thing of the past.
Homeopathic treatment can avoid the potential for cushings disease in horses as in anyone.