This is a condition where the thyroid gland is producing too much thyroid hormone. The thyroid hormone affects the metabolism of the body and when in excess will increase the rate of metabolism. This may be seen as your pet losing weight despite a good appetite.
The increased metabolic rate however can also have some detrimental effects including:
•High blood pressure
•Changes to the heart muscle with resultant heart failure and blood clot formation
If diagnosed early and treated, then many of these complications can be avoided. Treatment may involve medication, diet or surgery depending on your cat’s current medical status. Your veterinarian will guide you through the treatment options.
Please note the following:
•Do not skip or double dose medication as this will affect the
•treatment progress. Consistency and strict following of instructions is vital.
•Do not adjust the dosing unless instructed by your veterinarian
•If your pet is on a specific diet for the hyperthyroidism it must not get any other food or treats as this will negate the effect of the food.
•Should you note any of the following symptoms please contact your veterinarian:
•Bumping into things / blindness
•Your pet is weaker or more lethargic
•Drinking or urinating more than normal
•Vomiting or diarrhoea
For further information please contact any of the TAH Animal Hospital Vets. Use this link to help you find the branch nearest to you. http://www.tah.co.za/branches.php