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Feline Thyroid Health - Courtesy of Hill’s Pet Nutrition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Adam   
Saturday, 03 November 2012 07:18

Located in your cat's neck, the Thyroid gland uses dietary iodine to make thyroid hormones, that help regulate important body functions. Their metabolism, body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate & gastrointestinal function are all affected, if your cat has HYPERTHYROIDISM.

With this condition, his/her thyroid gland will be enlarged & produce excessive amounts of thyroid hormone. It's a common feline endocrine disorder, most often diagnosed in older cats over 10.  Left untreated, it can have serious sometimes fatal consequences on vital organs like the heart & kidneys. The good news is, this disease is highly manageable & can be controlled with proper veterinary care.

SIGNS can vary in severity depending on how long one has been ill. If your cat exhibits any of the following signs, contact your veterinary immediately: Weight loss, increased appetite, diarrhea &/or vomiting, increased thirst, poor skin & coat condition and hyperactivity.

Cats with chronic kidney disease & diabetes mellitus exhibit some signs similar to hyperthyroidism. Your vet may also need to perform tests for these diseases, to ensure accurate diagnosis.

Four potential options are:

  • Daily nutrition: limiting dietary iodine intake reduces thyroid hormone production
  • Daily medication: anti-thyroid drugs inhibit the production of thyroid hormones
  • Radioactive iodine therapy:  radiation to treat abnormal thyroid tissue
  • Surgery: removal of diseased thyroid tissue

If your cat has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism your vet will advise you of the best option to pursue.                                  


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