Cat Hyperthyroidism Treatment Cleveland OH

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Family Pet Clinic
(216) 236-8970
5151 Turney Rd
Cleveland, OH
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Exotic Animal Vet, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Brookview Animal Hospital
(216) 446-0868
5843 Broadview Rd
Cleveland, OH
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

VCA Great Lakes Veterinary Specialists
(216) 285-0798
5035 Richmond Rd
Bedford Heights, OH
Hours
Monday 24 Hours
Tuesday 24 Hours
Wednesday 24 Hours
Thursday 24 Hours
Friday 24 Hours
Saturday 24 Hours
Sunday 24 Hours
Services
24-Hour Vet, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Small Animal Vet, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Sandstone Animal Hospital
(440) 207-9906
1467 W Bagley Rd
Berea, OH
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Hours
Monday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Animal Health Center of North Olmsted
(440) 398-8918
30732 Lorain Rd
North Olmsted, OH
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Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Emerald Animal Hospital
(216) 200-8698
4185 Ridge Rd
Cleveland, OH
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Hours
Monday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

VCA Midpark Animal Hospital
(216) 223-8942
6611 Smith Rd.
Middleburg Heights, OH
Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

VCA Royalton Road Animal Hospital
(440) 822-3471
10500 Royalton Rd
North Royalton, OH
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Bird Vet, Exotic Animal Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Orange Village Animal Hospital
(440) 600-1639
4959 Brainard Rd
Orange Village, OH
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Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

American Pet Institute: Dr Carols Pets
(440) 510-1774
953 Bell Road
Chagrin Falls, OH
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Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Services
24-Hour Vet, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Cat Thyroid Problems

By Ernest Ward, DVM

What is cat hyperthyroidism?MyPetED image: Cat thyroid problems are usually due to hyperthyroidism, an overproduction of the thyroid hormone that plays a major role in metabolism.

  • Hyperthyroidism is a disorder where the thyroid hormone is overproduced, so it increases the cat’s metabolism. (The thyroid glands are located in the neck and play a vital role in regulating the body's metabolic rate.)
  • Although the thyroid gland enlarges in hyperthyroidism, less than 2% of cases involve cancerous thyroid gland tumors.
  • Cat hyperthyroidism affects many organs, including the heart. About 25% of cats with hyperthyroidism have high blood pressure.

Which cats are more likely to develop hyperthyroidism?

Middle aged or older cats are the most likely to develop hyperthyroidism. The average age of affected cats is approximately 12 years. No individual breed is known to be at increased risk, although Siamese cats have a somewhat higher rate of hyperthyroidism.

What are the symptoms of cat hyperthyroidism?MyPetED image: Cat hyperhyroidism symptoms include weight loss, increased water drinking and urination and high blood pressure.

  • Besides the primary symptom of an increased metabolism, weight loss is a common symptom, even though the cat keeps eating everything in sight. The weight loss can be gradual or sudden.
  • Increased water drinking  and urination is also common.
  • Periodic vomiting or diarrhea, unkempt fur and anorexia develop as the disease progresses.
  • In some cats, blood pressure can become so high that sudden blindness can develop.

Two major symptoms related to cat hyperthyroidism are:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) that develops due to the increased heart-pumping pressure and elevated heart rate
  • Heart disease called thyrotoxic cardiomyopathy that develops because the heart must enlarge and thicken to meet the increased metabolic demands. A heart murmur may develop with the cardiomyopathy.

What causes hyperthyroidism?

A specific cause for hyperthyroidism is not known, although the possibility of dietary iodine may be a factor.

How is cat hyperthyroidism diagnosed?MyPetED image: To diagnose cat hyperthyroidism, your veterinarian will start by looking at the blood level of one of the thyroid hormones.

Your veterinarian will usually take a straight forward approach to diagnosing cat hyperthyroidism:

  • First, look at the blood level of one of the thyroid hormones, called total thyroxine (or TT4). If it’s high, there’s no question that it’s hyperthyroidism.
  • If a cat has a TT4 level within the upper range of normal, your vet may run a Free T4 test by Equilibrium Dialysis (FT4 by ED) or a T3 Suppression Test.
  • If these tests don’t indicate a clear diagnosis, your vet will perhaps run a thyroid scan at a veterinary referral center.

How will my veterinarian treat my cat’s hyperthyroidism?

The following treatments are usually very successful:

  1. Radioactive iodine: This includes 2 weeks of a radioactive iodine injection (given intravenously at a vet clinic) to destroy the abnormal thyroid tissue without endangering other organs.
  2. Surgery: Removing the affected thyroid gland(s) is also very effective. An anti-thyroid medication methimazole may be prescribed for several weeks prior to the operation.
  3. Oral medication: Methimazole (Tapazole®), can ...

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