Feline Hyperthyroidism is a common endocrine disease in senior cats. It occurs when there is an overproduction of thyroid hormones, and in most cases is caused by a benign (non-cancerous) enlargement of the thyroid gland. While the thyroid hormones are important to many bodily processes, an excess of these hormones can have serious effects on a cat’s health. The signs of hyperthyroidism are often mistaken as general signs of old age.
Common symptoms of feline hyperthyroidism are:
- Weight loss despite increase appetite
- Drinking more
- Increased urination
- Restless / irritable / hyperactive
- Unkempt coat – scabby skin, patchy hair loss
- Occasional vomiting
To diagnose feline hyperthyroidism, a full physical examination, general blood test, thyroid specific blood test and urine analysis is required. These can all be performed right here in our clinic!
There are several options for treating hyperthyroidism, including radioactive iodine treatment or daily medication with small palatable pills.
If you suspect your cat may have hyperthyroidism, call and speak to one of our friendly team about booking a consultation today.