More Than The Sum of Its Clinical Signs

Because the illness may initially present through a collection of relatively subtle clinical signs, PPID is difficult to diagnose without knowledge of the horse’s history, a complete physical exam and the appropriate diagnostic evaluation.

PPID doesn't discriminate, can affect any horse

Because PPID has reportedly been identified in 21% of horses over the age of 15, it was once believed to be only an old horse disease.1 But in rare cases, horses as young as five years old have been diagnosed. In fact, PPID affects male and female equines, and is seen in all breeds of horses, including ponies.

The Earlier, the Better

PPID is a chronic, degenerative disease. And while there are management options available, recognizing the clinical signs and early diagnosis is the first step leading to the proper management of a horse with PPID.

Clinical signs of ppid
We can ID PPID.

The clinical signs of PPID in horses can be subtle — but it’s also very serious. By knowing what to look for, you can get an early diagnosis, and help the affected horse.

Clinical signs of PPID vary widely and may be mild or severe. Often, early clinical signs can go unrecognized. Explore below to see which clinical signs are often associated with early versus advanced signs of PPID. If you notice any of these clinical signs in a horse it might be time to test.

Change in attitude/lethargy

A change in personality and/or a lack of energy

Dull attitude/altered mentation

Sluggishness or decreased activity.