Fram & Sax News and Cat Care
01 April 2018
We are all welcoming spring, and hope the weather is kind to us for our first outdoor event on 7th and 8th April at the fabulous Framlingham Country Show. On 14th April we are holding our Spring Fayre and Homing Event at Aldeburgh Parish Church Hall. Please come along to support us and indulge in all things feline!
Feline care: Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid glands) is a very common disorder of older cats. Caused by an increase in production of thyroid hormones from the thyroid glands, these hormones regulate many body processes and overproduction causes serious illness. They also help control the body's metabolic rate and cats with hyperthyroidism tend to burn up energy too rapidly. The 'classic' signs of hyperthyroidism are: weight loss; usually an increased appetite and thirst;increased activity, restlessness or irritability; an increased heart rate; a poor and unkempt coat. Diarrhoea and/or vomiting may also develop. In some cases there may be generalised weakness, lethargy and loss of appetite. Uncontrolled hyperthyroidism has important consequences for the heart, blood pressure and kidney's if untreated. To confirm a diagnosis, your vet will carry out a blood test to measure the level of thyroid hormones in the blood. They will also check liver and kidney function and may check blood pressure.
Options for treatment are:
Drug therapy: commonly used in the management of the condition. Tablets are given daily and doses will be adjusted as necessary. This does not provide a cure, but does allow control of hyperthyroidism.
Surgical thyroidectomy: can produce a permanent cure and is a common and successful treatment. However, occasionally signs of hyperthyroidism may develop again if previously unaffected thyroid tissue becomes diseased.
Radioactive iodine therapy: not as common, buta very safe and effective treatment for hyperthyroidism and is available at specialist veterinary centres.
Dietary treatment: a new option which involves feeding a special dietary food (obtained from vets) containing controlled levels of iodine.
Whatever the treatment, subsequent monitoring will be essential to ensure long-term levels of thyroid hormone concentrations are being maintained. Fortunately, the vast majority of cats that develop hyperthyroidism can be treated very successfully and most cats will make a complete recovery.
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