Endocrinopathic Laminitis Likelihood
—Erica, Lexington, Kentucky
A.This is a great question. We know that once a horse has had laminitis, that horse is more predisposed to future episodes (from any cause) than a horse who’s never had laminitis.
In a large study performed in the United Kingdom between 2009 and 2011, researchers found that horses with one episode of laminitis of any cause were four times more likely to have a future episode than a horse that had not had a previous episode. Having sepsis-related, supporting-limb, or idiopathic laminitis does not specifically predispose to endocrinopathy (such as equine Cushing’s disease or insulin dysregulation). However, if the horse with a history of nonendocrinopathic laminitis were to develop an endocrinopathy later in life, the risk of laminitis would likely be augmented because laminitis risk is already high in these
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