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PostSubject: Cushions disease   Sun Sep 12, 2010 1:06 am

Hi all,
Can anyone please tell me the French for Cushons disease, as my horse is begining to show the first signs and would like my vet to confirm or not but need to be able to ask him.

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PostSubject: Re: Cushions disease   Sun Sep 12, 2010 2:12 am

Hi
They seem to use the same word cushing on the results by google , Salée will surely know more as she has a horse with cushings
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PostSubject: Re: Cushions disease   Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:03 am

hi as cally said my old girl has cushings, thats the general name for it, but its medical description is an over active adrenal cortex producing excessive cortico-steroids.

if treatment is not exactly right there is a risk of causing another problem....Under activity of production of cortico-steroids this condition is called addisons, the trick is to get the middle ground, not always easy.

my vet has explained to me that the problems of cushings are often better if considered as individual extra care, for example :-
she gets a really thick coat, this makes her too hot in summer leading to excessive sweating with fluid loss, salt loss and skin soreness, cushings & age means her temperature control systems are not as good as normal anyway,
to combat this i clip her all year round and wash out excess salt with gentle hosing, skin breaks are treated like normal wounds and she has a 24/7 access to a plain salt lick, in winter the same over thick coat comes off because you just can't keep her skin clean, she then gets sores and matted fur.

she has more tendancey to break out in abcesses & has a reduced imune system, so more vigilance is needed to check for small wounds etc, i find she gets most of these in the most awkward and unusual places, those impossible to get a dressing to stick to places|& so i find i use a lot of stockholm tar these days as a general cleanup & sod flies off wound dressing.

her resistance to worms and parasites is lower, same for her resistance to infections, disease etc so keeping her up to date on worming etc is even more important, another side line is anti-biotics wipe out more of her 'friendly' bacteria than in a normal horse so the gut needs a kick start after some drugs.

she is easier to tire than before, & she needs feeds easy to digest, not much different really than for any old horse, she is more suseptable to laminitis too, even if not over weight, but remember, cushings can be in younger horses too,

saltie is 26 & 1/2 years old, 3 years ago she would have passed for a 10y old till you saw her teeth, but now she looks 90y keeping weight on is not easy, the slightest set back looses so much ground, but she is looking up now, she still screams a welcome to everyone, adores a fuss and is full of fun, so we clog on till we run out of options and life is no longer fun for her, fingers crossed.

if anyone want to chat to me about more or less anything (not chatline like!!!) send me a number on a pm & will get back to you bye

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PostSubject: cushions disease   Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:49 am

Thanks Salee that has been very usefull thank-you for taking the time to write it all down for me.

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PostSubject: Re: Cushions disease   Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:29 am

Let us know how you get on Denise.
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PostSubject: Re: Cushions disease   Sun Sep 19, 2010 2:16 am

I have no experience of cushings disease, but I do have experience of the health benefits of turmeric for both humans and horses. In fact, many people now add it to their horses diet. It can be used externally also in a paste mixed with olive oil and vaseline for sarcoids, warts and melanomas. I have used it for a melanoma my horse had and after using it for 3 weeks it dropped off and there is no sign of it coming back. Taken internally it boosts the immune system and for this reason they are now using it for cancer patients. It is also good for horses suffering from arthritis. So give it a go for your horse, its harmless and may help reduce the systems of the cushings disease.

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PostSubject: Re: Cushions disease   Sun Sep 19, 2010 2:30 am

That's an interesting link thanks , do you know if turmeric goes by the same name in France by any chance ?
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PostSubject: cushions disease   Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:01 am

Thanks Zait-Bet I will try Turmeric as my horse is only in her very early stages of cushings it could help a lot also I have another horse with arthritis so I'll try him aswell my only question is how much do you give them?

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PostSubject: Re: Cushions disease   Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:37 am

Turmeric is known as Curuma in France. Turmeric contains Curcum which is the magic ingredient. I have found it in some supermarkets in France but only in small quanities, but you can buy it in larger quanities on ebay.

I feed 4 tablespoons a day to each of my horses in their normal feed, they are 15.2hh and 16.2hh thoroughbred and warmblood types. If that gives you some idea Basilbrush. I also take a teaspoon every day myself. If you like curries put loads in there.

I have an article I can post here if any one is interested but it is quite long.
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PostSubject: Re: Cushions disease   Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:00 am

Hi thanks for that zait-bet bom Smile

have you got a link to the article I would be interested to read that study

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PostSubject: Re: Cushions disease   Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:44 am

Hi Cally

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