403.342.6040

Hyperthyroidism in Cats

Hyperthyroidism is caused by increased production of thyroid hormones and is a common disease affecting middle-aged to older cats.

Under normal circumstances, thyroid hormones affect nearly all of the body’s functions. When these hormones are out of balance, it can cause clinical symptoms that progress as the disease advances. Symptoms may include one or more of the following: weight loss; increased appetite, thirst, or urination; vomiting and diarrhea; hyperactivity; or a matted/greasy coat.

If one of our veterinarians suspects that your cat may have hyperthyroidism, they will initially perform a thorough physical exam to rule out any other possible diseases. To confirm a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism, a blood sample is collected and analyzed in our in house laboratory.

Hyperthyroidism is not curable. However, treatment serves to provide long-term control of the disease. It often includes a combination of medication and diet that helps to reduce the production and release of the thyroid hormone, thereby restoring normal function as much as possible.

Throughout your pet’s lifetime of treatment, periodic bloodwork is needed to re-evaluate the effectiveness and dosage of the medication as your pet continues to age. Adjustments may be required especially if you notice your pet has gained or lost any weight.

By helping us detect this disease as early as possible, Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital can help your hyperthyroid cat live well into their senior years.

Written by: Amanda, RVT

Category:
Very nice staff and helpful. Take good care of pets and emergency cases even if they're closing soon. Just don't…

Svenja

Dr. Lomsnes and her staff have always treated our pets and our family with excellent care and kindness. They continually…

Randene Dittrich

I brought my cat Lemmie in to have his yearly shots and to look at a sore he had on…

Maggie Mertins

This has been our vet for years and will be for a long time to come. The staff are amazing…

Jason Lanouette

I've been taking Watson to see Dr. Katie as long as he's been around. She and the rest of the…

Devon Stock

Blog

Importance of a Urinalysis

A Urinalysis (urine analysis) is often run by your veterinarian when your pet is displaying signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI).

Read More
See All Articles