Laminitis is a debilitating clinical syndrome of lameness due to hoof pain that equine practitioners are very familiar with. However, it has only been in the last decade that distinct causes of laminitis have been well defined and the importance of endocrine causes of laminitis, including laminitis associated with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) and equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) have been understood.
This presentation aims to review:
1: Current best practice in diagnosis of pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID)
2: Current best practice in diagnosis of equine metabolic syndrome (EMS)
3: Why diagnosis of underlying endocrine disease is important in directing laminitis management, both in differentiating the primary disease process and in determining the laminitis risk.