About Wellness Ready™
What is this all about?
The Equine Insulin Test allows you and your veterinarian to instantly test insulin in your horse at your barn without sending a sample to a laboratory. This stall side test will enable veterinarians to immediately identify horses at risk of foundering and begin a course of treatment that could potentially prevent laminitis.
How do I get a test?
The Wellness Ready™ Equine Insulin Test can only be obtained through a veterinarian. Complete this short form to receive more information, and contact your vet and tell them to give us a ring.
How does it work?
The test is quick and minimally invasive. A vet will: draw a blood sample from the horse, run the simple stall side test, and read the insulin test results from the accompanying digital reader.
What does insulin do, exactly?
Glad you asked. Insulin is an important natural hormone that regulates metabolism at the cellular level. However, high blood insulin, or insulin resistance (hyperinsulinemia), is the primary risk factor for laminitis, the second leading cause of death in horses.
The following factors predispose a horse to high insulin and corresponding laminitis:
- Aging – risk increases with age.
- Obesity – obese horses are at elevated risk.
- Endocrine Disorders – equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) & pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID).