16. October 2013
If so, one form of treatment that your veterinarian may recommend is Cyclosporine for dogs. Cyclosporine is an immunosuppressant drug which means that it suppresses the immune system and lowers the usual bodily response to something. So if your dog has an allergy to something, he would develop a rash and show other symptoms of that allergy. But with this drug, that response would be suppressed and help alleviate that allergy.
According to the website, Cyclosporine for Dogs, dogs are prone to a lot of allergies being more exposed to the outside world than human beings are, and cyclosporine for dogs is being used increasingly more in recent years.
Cyclosporine can be pretty pricey, but fortunately it is about half the cost than the name brand Atopica. However there are a lot of precautions to take before giving your pet cyclosporine for dogs. Before allowing him to be given any kind of medication, you should first consult your veterinarian and discuss all options of treatment.
25. September 2013
What is Cushing's Disease?
One of the most common diseases of the hormonal (endocrine) system that can affect your horse or pony is PPID (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction) or more commonly called Cushing's Disease. PPID affects as many as 1 in 7 horses over 15 years of age.
PPID causes the horse's pituitary gland, which sends out hormones to control body functions, to work overtime. This can lead to a variety of problems for your horse, ranging from unexplained laminitis (lameness) to an abnormal hair coat to getting fat in unusual places, like around the eyes.
Your veterinarian will diagnose PPID by looking at both the signs of disease your horse has and results of blood tests to check hormone levels. Hirsutism (long, shaggy hair coat), is the one disease sign considered to indicate PPID on its own.
Is there a cure for Cushing's Disease?
While there is no cure for PPID/Cushing's Disease, treatment can help reduce common signs and improve quality of life for affected horses.
Your veterinarian will give you a customized plan to follow to help get your horse back into shape. Horses with PPID need tailored nutrition and exercise plans, as well as regular grooming, hoof care, physical exams, deworming, and vaccinations.
One of the best treatments for this disease is a drug called pergolide mesylate, which is considered the gold standard for treatment of PPID. PRASCEND is the first and only pergolide formulation approved by the FDA for use in horses.
To learn more about PPID and Prascend, click here. To purchase Prascend, click here.