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Feline hyperthyroidism is a commonly diagnosed disease particularly in our senior cats the disease results in excess levels of thyroid hormone being produced in the thyroid gland and circulated through the affected cat’s blood stream this excess thyroid hormone has a number of effects on your cat’s body symptoms commonly seen in catch with hyperthyroidism include one

An increased appetite sometimes described as a voracious appetite to weight loss often despite an increase in appetite 3 increased thirst for increased urination 5 vomiting 6 diarrhea seven hyperactivity besides these symptoms several other complications can occur in cat suffering from hyperthyroidism heart disease can occur as a result of the toxic effect of the

Circulating thyroid hormones on the heart high blood pressure hypertension is another potential complication kidney disease is also commonly diagnosed concurrent with hyperthyroidism in cats cat suffering from both diseases may need treatment for both and the diagnosis of kidney disease in a cat with hyperthyroidism can affect the cat’s prognosis there are several

Options for treatment of cats with hyperthyroidism one radioiodine treatment or i-131 treatment uses radioactive iodine to kill the diseased tissue in the thyroid gland most catch undergoing i-131 treatment are cured of the disease however these cats must be monitored for hypothyroidism after treatment to surgical removal of the disease thyroid gland is and other

Potential treatment like i-131 treatment surgical treatment is curative but these cats also must be monitored afterward for hypothyroidism three medical treatment with methimazole is probably the most common treatment choice this medication can be administered by mouth or can be formulated into a transdermal gel which can be applied to your cat’s ear methimazole

Is effective in controlling the symptoms of hyperthyroidism however it does not cure the disease and if this treatment option is elected your cat will need to receive a medication for the rest of his life for feeding a diet restricted in iodine is a newer alternative for treatment of feline hyperthyroidism like methimazole treatment this alternative is not curative

And your cat will require lifelong treatment according to dr. ellen behrend who presented some new facts and knowledge about feline hyperdrive ism at the 2013 american animal hospital association conference cats undergoing curative alternatives for hyperthyroidism i 131 or surgical treatments tend to have longer survival times than those cats undergoing medical or

Dietary therapy alone this finding is particularly important for cats that are diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and a younger age another finding that dr. barron’s reported is that compensatory hypothyroidism is more common in treated cats than previously believed and treated cats need to be monitored accordingly she also mentioned that correcting compensatory cases

Of hypothyroidism where applicable can improve kidney function and help resolve some cases of kidney disease in turn giving these cats a higher quality of life and potentially prolonging their lives another potentially more disturbing finding reported by dr. barron is the possibility that sarcomas an aggressive form of cancer may be responsible for more cases

Of feline hyperthyroidism than previously reported this finding was reported in one study and needs further validation and exploration at this point the significance of the finding is questionable and will have to wait to see whether further research supports the findings in this study hyperthyroidism caused by sarcoma of the thyroid gland could be significantly

More difficult to treat than that resulting from other causes and this finding raises serious concerns about survival rates for these cats

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Feline Hyperthyroidism Cats | Cat Care Tips By Pet Doctor