Thursday, October 24, 2013

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital, Dr. Ehud Sela: Hyperthyroidism in cats.

Hyperthyroid disease in cats is a common and insidious disease of our feline friends that if goes undiagnosed and untreated can become life threatening.

The disease usually affects older cats and is manifested mainly with severe weight loss despite the presence of a good appetite.

The disease can have many other clinical manifestations including but not limited to vomiting and diarrhea.

The disease affects multiple organ systems among these the liver and kidneys. And if goes undiagnosed and untreated can cause severe damage to these organs.

Luckily hyperthyroid disease can be easily diagnosed with comprehensive blood work that include thyroid tests.

The good news for our feline friends is that currently the disease can be managed with a prescription diet that in many cases avoids the need of the use of medications.

Weight loss in our feline friends is in many cases an indication of health problems and it's advisable to seek veterinary help as soon as it's noted.

Please do not hesitate contacting us if you have any further questions about hyperthyroid disease in cats, or any other health questions you have regarding your pets.

Dr. Ehud Sela

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital

Margate, Florida.

Office number: 954-972-5900.

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