Diagnosis of PPID: More than a blood test.
Diagnosing PPID requires a combination of patient history, observation of clinical signs, and confirmation with laboratory test results.
1. Building a Patient History
In conversations with horse owners and trainers, listen for historical information and clinical signs associated with PPID, such as:
- Changes in attitude
- Recurrent infections
2. Perform a Physical Exam
Identify and confirm clinical signs consistent with PPID. Determine if clinical signs are early or advanced.
3. Laboratory Confirmation
If a horse has a medical history and clinical signs consistent with PPID, at a minimum the following should be evaluated: