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before margalo after
margalo

Horse’s Age (at diagnosis): 17

Horse’s Current Age: 18

Breed: Other

Clinical signs prior to PPID diagnosis:

  • Decreased athletic behavior and/or lethargy
  • Delayed shedding/Decreased shedding
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Laminitis

Change noticed after: Within 90 days


What changes were noticed: In the summer of 2013, my warmblood mare Margalo contracted pigeon fever. She also suffered from internal abscesses. Despite being treated with rifampin and SMZs, by late atumn. Margalo's winter coat had turned into long and silky hair. She was also thin, lacked energy and appetite, and was losing muscle mass. Finally, a large fat deposit had appeared above each eye. I believed she had developed the classic symptoms of Cushing's disease. My vet, Dr. Sondergard agreed, and recommended treating Margalo with Prascend® (pergolide tablets). Within two weeks, she was more alert, less lethargic and was gaining weight. In the three monts she has been on this drug, her transformation has been very impressive. I never thought I'd see Margalo looking like her former self again. Now she runs and bucks in the field, and has happily resumed her position as alpha mare.

Important Safety Information: PRASCEND is for use in horses only. Treatment with PRASCEND may cause loss of appetite. Most cases are mild. Weight loss, lethargy and behavioral changes also may be observed. If severe, a temporary reduction of dose may be necessary. PRASCEND has not been evaluated in breeding, pregnant, or lactating horses and may interfere with reproductive hormones in these horses. PRASCEND Tablets should not be crushed due to potential for increased human exposure.