We have recently launched adiponectin as a additional option when testing for EMS. Adiponectin is a beneficial fat-derived hormone that normally improves insulin sensitivity. Obese and laminitis-prone horses/ponies often have low adiponectin levels and this has been shown to be a good predictor of future laminitis risk.
Horses and ponies don’t need to be fasted prior to sampling, just take a blood sample in a red-top plain tube whenever you decide to test your patient. Just remember to separate the serum, and send to the Laboratory in a chiller pack – please contact the laboratory and we can send these packs free of charge – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to download our recent guide to Adiponectin testing for more information on this popular, practical, and useful EMS test.