Diagnosing PPID in horses is much more than a blood test. It’s a process.

1. Building a Patient History

In conversations with horse owners and trainers, look for information related to clinical signs associated with PPID (for example, changes in attitude, lethargy and delayed shedding) and when they were observed.

2. Perform a Physical Exam

The goal of physical examinations is to identify and confirm the horse is displaying clinical signs consistent with PPID and determine whether they are early or advanced.

3. Laboratory Confirmation

If a horse has a medical history and clinical signs consistent with PPID, at a minimum ACTH, insulin and glucose should be evaluated.

Participate in our IDPPID Testing Program and epidemiological study
Your equine patients help the veterinary community build a greater understanding of PPID.

Your participation in the Boehringer Ingelheim IDPPID Testing Program has helped the veterinary community learn more about the disease, recognize its clinical signs and refine the process of diagnosing horses with PPID.

testing criteria
Have you seen a horse in your practice that may have clinical signs consistent with PPID?
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Before submitting a plasma sample, make sure your patient qualifies to be enrolled. In order to enroll a horse for testing, we request the following:
  • Only new cases suspected of PPID (not previously diagnosed)
  • Patient should exhibit one or more early or advanced clinical signs of PPID
  • Patients currently being administered medical therapy for PPID are excluded, except horses being administered compounded pergolide
Managing PPID
Managing PPID means managing the whole horse.

In the treatment of PPID, early intervention results in better outcomes. After detection of clinical signs and diagnosis of the disease, proper whole-horse management should include the following:

  • Proper diet
  • Routine foot/hoof care
  • Adequate exercise
  • Pharmaceutical management
  • Parasite control
  • Proper vaccination schedules
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