Managing Your Cat’s Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is a disorder that is common in older cats. If your cat has this condition, she may have an increased appetite but loses weight. She may also suffer from excessive thirst and have trouble maintaining her body temperature. Your cat may shed excessively and look unkempt. Once your cat is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, you will need to medicate your cat daily. Medications can be administered orally or your cat may be prescribed a transdermal cream that is to be rubbed into the inside of the ear. Be careful when you handle your cat’s hyperthyroid medication. After giving your cat her medication, wash your hands immediately. It is easy to dose yourself while medicating your you’re your cat may need a more extreme treatment such as the surgical removal of the thyroid or radioactive iodine therapy if the medications don’t work. These treatments are more invasive and can be expensive. For more information, contact your veterinary clinic Newmarket, ON.


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