Feline Hyperthyroidism

Signs you may see in your cat

Is your older cat:

  • Hungry all the time?
  • Losing weight?
  • Crying more?
  • Drinking and urinating more?
  • Having vomiting or diarrhea?

Your cat could have hyperthyroidism.

That sounds like my cat! How do I find out?

Hyperthyroidism is common in older cats. 
In fact, 10% of cats over ten years have this endocrine condition. Blood testing is the best way to diagnose hyperthyroidism. 
By doing senior bloodwork, we can sometimes diagnose this problem before your cat has clinical signs. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent many associated problems.

What happens if I do nothing?

Problems associated with hyperthyroidism include high blood pressure (which can cause blindness) heart abnormalities, kidney disease, and gastrointestinal disorders.

How is my cat treated?

Treatment options include daily medication, surgery, radioactive iodine, or dietary change. 
If your cat is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, we will discuss all of your options and help you find a treatment plan that works for you and your cat. 
For more information:
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/brochure_hyperthyroid.cfm.

 

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