Can PPID or EMS Affect My Horse’s Joints?
Horses with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, formerly known as equine Cushing’s disease) and equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) often need a specialized management program to reduce their risk of associated conditions such as laminitis. Dr. Luke Bass of Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, explains why you and your veterinarian should consider your horse’s metabolic status when creating a joint health management plan.
About the Expert
Luke Bass, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP (Equine)
Luke Bass, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP is an associate professor in Equine Field Service at Colorado State University (CSU). He is board-certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP-Equine) and is certified in equine acupuncture. He served on the American Association of Equine Practitioners board of directors from 2019 to 2021 and will be chair of AAEP’s Educational Programs Committee from 2024 to 2025. Bass leads the Equine Field Service at CSU with three faculty members and two interns focusing on general practice, lameness examinations, dentistry, and emergency care.
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