Hyperthyroidism – one of the most typical feline illness

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Last week I composed about Hypothyroidism in Dogs; this week I will go over one more crucial topic that likewise seems to cause much confusion. Hyperthyroidism is a condition mainly seen in cats as well as it is treated with a totally different set of medications. It is very crucial to understand the difference between these two conditions as well as which medication treats which condition. I will once again begin with a few fundamental definitions as well as likewise attempt to keep things as visual as well as remove as possible:


a prefix utilized when explaining something as being less than or lower


a prefix utilized when explaining something as being higher than or more


overactive thyroid


underactive thyroid

Ghiandola tiroidea

generally discovered in the neck as well as its function is to create T3 as well as T4


Triiodothyronine, created by the thyroid gland


Thyroxine, created by the thyroid gland as well as together with T3 regulates lots of crucial body functions such as metabolism

The thyroid gland has the function of converting iodine into thyroxine (T4) as well as triiodothyronine (T3). The T4 as well as T3 circulate throughout the body as well as impact nearly every single organ. Thyroxine regulates growth, metabolism, immune function as well as heart function. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) from the pituitary gland is what signals the thyroid gland to secrete thyroxine. Hyperthyroidism is the most typical endocrine condition diagnosed in cats. It normally occurs since of a tumor of the thyroid gland that ends up boosting the secretion of the thyroid hormones.


More typical in cats


More typical in dogs

Predisposing aspects to hyperthyroidism

More typical in middle age to older cats

Several prospective nutritional as well as environmental triggers have been suspected

No genuine understood predisposing factors.

Signs as well as Symptoms

Perdita di peso

Decreased appetite

Increased thirst, as well as boosted urination





High heart rate

Poor hair coat

Debolezza muscolare

Irregular or slowed weak breathing (dyspnea)

If not detected early, hyperthyroidism in cats can proceed to something called the “Thyroid Storm,” an emergency condition that needs instant treatment. indications as well as symptoms of Thyroid storm are very elevated heart rate, open-mouthed breathing, appearance of a panic attack, possible aggression and/or other hysterical habits when handling.

Feline hyperthyroidism indications can look like other illness such as chronic renal failure, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, as well as other intestinal disorders.

The veterinarian may do a total blood count (CBC), run a serum biochemistry to spot for possible existence of boosted liver enzymes, a baseline T4 test to get an quote of the thyroid levels, as well as something called a T3 Suppression test. In the T3 Suppression test, T3 is administered as well as if it triggers a decrease in T4 then the feline is normal; if the feline has hyperthyroidism then administering T3 will cause no decrease or a minor decrease in T4. The veterinarian may likewise want to do a scan of the thyroid gland to get a much better concept of what is going on.

The goal of treatment is to lower as well as normalize circulating levels of thyroid hormone. There are three treatment choices offered for hyperthyroidism in cats:

Drug Therapy: The antithyroid medication of choice, methimazole (Tapazole), is administered as a long term maintenance treatment for hyperthyroidism. It may likewise be administered temporarily up until treatment with surgical treatment or radioiodine is completed. The normal dose is 5mg by mouth every 8 to 12 hours. Blood tests are normally completed every 3 to 4 weeks up until the appropriate maintenance dose is reached. A transdermal gel formulation may likewise be compounded by the pharmacist as well as can be administered to the hairless skin of the inner ear flap. Propylthiouracil (PTU) can likewise be used, however has higher incidences of side impacts as well as is as a result no longer suggested in utilize for cats.

Surgery: The thyroid gland can be removed. This is fairly risk-free if done by an experienced surgeon. like any type of surgical treatment there are specific dangers included with the anesthetics or from the procedure itself.

Radioiodine: In radioiodine treatment, the feline is provided a one-time injection of radioactive iodine. The radioactive bits concentrate in the thyroid as well as selectively irradiate as well as ruin only the thyroid tissue that is malfunctioning.

There are other treatment choices that your veterinarian may go over with youdurante l’esame. Non esiste un metodo compreso per fermare l’ipertiroidismo nei gatti considerando che la causa non è nota. Il monitoraggio della perdita di peso e avere un’esperienza di sangue di routine nei gatti più anziani può aiutare a rilevare precoce. Il metodo migliore per mantenere i nostri gatti sani e privi di rischi è stabilire una grande connessione con il veterinario e chiedendo alle preoccupazioni quando qualcosa non è chiaro.

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