Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism

Treatment for Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism at Dallas Highway Animal Hospital

Our pets have their own medical issues, and just like humans, it's essential to take your pets in for routine check-ups. This ensures any medical or physical issues do not lead to medical complications or lower your pet's quality of life. One of the most common issues in cats that can also be present in dogs is hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. These medical issues can lead to problems with your pet's weight, metabolism, and overall health. At Dallas Highway Animal Hospital, our Powder Springs team is here to provide your pet high-quality care that works to diagnose the root cause of your pet's condition and provide the necessary treatment.

What Is Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism?

Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are both thyroid diseases that are caused by an issue with the production of hormones from the thyroid gland. In humans and animals, this thyroid gland sits in the middle of the neck and is responsible for producing hormones such as thyroxine, known as the T4 hormone.

In hypothyroidism, too little of the hormone is produced, causing symptoms like:

  • Fatigue
  • Little appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Thickening skin
  • Hair thinning

In hyperthyroidism, too much of the hormone is produced, leading to issues such as:

  • Excitability
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased urination
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss

How Can a Veterinarian Help?

Our veterinarians can diagnose your cat or dog's thyroid disease and determine the best treatment options. Many other diseases can cause symptoms similar to thyroid disease, so it's important to rule out any of these beforehand. Our veterinarians will be able to then give the proper treatment for your pet's thyroid disease. Common treatments include:

  • Surgery to remove the thyroid
  • Radiation iodine therapy
  • Medications to boost or lower thyroxine levels

These can all help bring the T4 levels back to normal in your pet, essentially curing the thyroid disease. However, you will need to continue to check with your animal hospital to ensure levels remain normal, as thyroid diseases are considered chronic. Fortunately, our veterinarians will be able to conduct physical exams and blood work to ensure your pet stays healthy before and after thyroid treatment.

Visit Our Animal Hospital for Quality Pet Care from Our Veterinarians in Powder Springs

Many diseases can mimic thyroid disease. That's why our team at Dallas Highway Animal Hospital is here to get to the root of your pet's symptoms and set up a proper treatment plan. If you are looking for a "veterinarian near me," contact us to schedule an appointment for your animal by calling us at (770) 419-8086 today.