Thyroid Problems


Cats

Hyperthyroidism is over production of thyroid hormone and can be one of the most common hormonal conditions affecting older domesticated cats.

The most common presenting symptoms are:

Rapid weight loss,

Increased appetite

Rapid heart rate

Vomiting

Diarrhoea

Other symptoms include hyperactivity, possible aggression, an unkempt appearance, and large, thick nails. About 70% of afflicted cats also have noticeably enlarged thyroid glands.

If left untreated hyperthyroidism can be fatal but it can be very easily controlled and treated with medication or surgery.

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Thyroid problems in cats

Feline Hyperthyroidism

 

Dogs

Dogs tend to suffer more from under-active thyroid.

This results in a wide range of clinical symptoms but commonly :

Lethargy

Poor coat condition

Weight gain

Again, it can be easily controlled and managed with medication once a diagnosis is made.