As the sixth most frequently encountered disease syndrome affecting equids in the UK1, TAL Care and Connect has been introduced to support veterinary practices monitor their PPID case load by streamlining the ongoing case management process; an important factor in maximising treatment success and engaging owners and vets post diagnosis.
“PPID is a progressive disease, so it is vital that veterinary surgeons remain at the centre of care, and that horses are monitored carefully following their initial diagnosis,” comments Liz Barrett, equine business manager at Boehringer. “However we recognise the high administrative demand associated with this, and TAL Care and Connect has been designed to reduce this as much as possible.”
TAL Care and Connect is a complementary service that will be automatically offered to horse owners who take advantage of this year’s free* ACTH testing scheme, which will be available from July to November. Equine practices can also offer this aftercare service to all owners of previously diagnosed PPID cases.
Owners who join TAL Care and Connect will be able to set up a profile for their horse which allows all their ACTH results to be stored in one place. They will automatically receive the relevant reminders for follow-up ACTH testing which will make it easier for vets to monitor their patient’s progress over time.
In addition, an independently written PPID owner information pack can be downloaded to provide horse owners with comprehensive information on the condition. Edited by Prof. Catherine McGowan with contributions from Dr. Jo Ireland, Prof. Andy Durham, David Rendle and Dr. Teresa Hollands, the pack includes advice on monitoring and follow-up ACTH tests, feeding, general care of the PPID patient and the link between laminitis and PPID.
Talk About Laminitis is supported by Redwings, The British Horse Society and World Horse Welfare, and will run from July until the end of October 2015. Horse owners can find out more and obtain their free ACTH voucher code at www.talkaboutlaminitis.co.uk.
For further information please contact your local Boehringer territory manager or visit www.talkaboutlaminitis.co.uk.
* Cost of laboratory test
1 National Equine Health Survey 2014
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