Have you been catching our monthly Cat Chat on Facebook Live? Our topic in July was Feline Hyperthyroidism. Dr. Lynn Bahr, Feline Veterinarian and Founder of Dezi & Roo, discussed the symptoms and treatment options.
Hyperthyroidism is very common in cats and it’s best to catch it early so that it can be treated. The thyroid regulates metabolism and hyperthyroidism is when a cat has an overactive thyroid gland and the metabolism speeds up. It is actually a tumor in the thyroid gland in the neck and is typically benign.
Hyperthyroidism can come on slowly over time and the cat parent may not notice it for a while, this is why it is imperative that your cat see their veterinarian as soon as you see signs. A rapid heart rate for a period of time could cause damage to your cats heart.
Your cat should have a physical exam and blood work to diagnose hyperthyroidism. Radioiodine therapy is over 90% effective in curing hyperthyroidism in cats and should be seriously considered even though it can be costly. The cost of alternative daily medication can add up over time to be much more expensive and typically is only considered for senior cats. If cost is a concern, there are various methods to assist, like CareCredit.
Take a moment to watch the full Cat Chat episode with Dr. Bahr on Feline Hyperthyroidism. If you suspect hyperthyroidism in your cat, it can help you determine additional questions you may want to ask your veterinarian for the health of your cat.
Our August Cat Chat topic is Feline Diabetes. It airs on Monday, August 8th at 7 PM EST on Facebook Live at Facebook.com/MuttButs. Catch it LIVE so that you can ask questions and get them answered by Dr. Bahr.
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