Hyperthyroidism in Cats
What is Hyperthyroidism?
The thyroid gland in the neck, produces the hormone thyroxine, which regulates lots of processes in the body.
When the thyroid gland produces too much hormone, cats can get very poorly, very quickly.
Their bodies use up the energy from food too fast, meaning that they lose weight, whilst having a good or really good appetite.
If untreated, it can cause high blood pressure, heart failure and death
The main signs of an overactive thyroid gland are:
Unkempt/dishevelled looking coat
Increased Heart Rate
We diagnose hyperthyroidism by:
Physically examining your cat
Asking you questions about their recent behaviour
Blood tests to measure various components in the blood
After confirming an overactive thyroid gland, we discuss the best treatment options for your individual cat
This treatment might be:
Specialist Radioactive Iodine Treatment
A Special Diet
Hyperthyroidism in Dogs
An overactive thyroid gland is very uncommon in dogs.
Dogs usually suffer from an underactive thyroid gland