Hyperthyroidism in cats

Hyperthyroidism in cats

We are increasingly seeing a number of cats with hyperthyroidism in all our hospitals in north Dublin.  They typically present as older cats who despite an increased appetite have been losing weight  and are hyperactive and restless. On examination they usually have a palpable swelling in the neck(goitre) and a much increased heart rate.

Fortunately the condition can be easily diagnosed and after a thorough clinical examination a blood sample is usually taken to confirm there are elevated thyroid hormone levels

A number of treatment options are now available to treat your cat should he or she develop the condition. The more usual are

1.Anti thyroid drugs may be used on a regular basis . 2.Surgical removal of the overactive thyroid gland. 3.Radioactive iodine treatment to kill the overactive cells. 4.Most recently a low iodine food has become available, the thyroid gland needs iodine to make thyroid hormone.

All are effective and with proper care and management your pet may regain the weight and have an excellent quality of life.



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