When a pet’s body overproduces the thyroid hormone, it increases their metabolism, potentially resulting in weight loss, anxiety, diarrhea, and a multitude of other symptoms. This condition, known as hyperthyroidism, is fairly rare in canines but increasingly common among cats. Hyperthyroidism is a condition that usually affects older pets and is most likely caused by multiple factors.

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism in canines: 

  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Enlarged thyroid gland
  • Excessive thirst
  • Forced breathing
  • Heavy, rapid breathing
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased energy
  • Increased urination
  • Nervousness
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Shaggy hair texture
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

Treatment options for pets with hyperthyroidism

There are three primary forms of therapy used to treat hyperthyroidism depending on the severity of a pet’s particular case as well the cause behind the issue. When a pet owner opts for non-invasive treatment, medication is prescribed that inhibits the production of thyroid hormones. By preventing the pet’s body from making more of these hormones, the issue usually subsides. Other treatment options are more involved, requiring pets to undergo monitoring and stay within our facility for several days, or may include surgery.

If your pet is exhibiting the symptoms of hyperthyroidism or you have more questions about the condition, please contact our office today.