Paddy came to us with a wound on his shoulder from a recent cat fight – this was most obvious in his manner, as he wasn’t his normal cuddly self. Thankfully the wounds were easily treated however we also detected some notable weight loss. Luckily for Paddy, his mum had signed up to the Best for Pet program which includes a free blood screen. Blood tests revealed he is Hyperthyroid. Thankfully this has been detected early and Paddy is now receiving treatment. Clinical signs of hyperthyroidism can include: weight loss, increased appetite, and increased thirst and urination. Hyperthyroidism may also cause vomiting, diarrhoea and hyperactivity. The coat of affected cats may also appear unkempt, matted, or greasy.
We have had our senior pets as a focus for this month with some great discounts. We gave plenty of senior animals a clean bill of health and picked up on many illnesses that were just starting up- making them much easier to treat. One illness we are seeing frequently is Hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid) that we detected in Paddy and is a common disease in cats that mostly afflicts cats who are middle-aged and older. Hyperthyroidism is caused by an increase in production of thyroid hormones (known as T3 and T4) from an enlarged thyroid gland in a cat’s neck.
Luckily there are multiple treatment options for cats that suffer from hyperthyroidism including medication, radioactive iodine, surgery and dietary therapy. If you have any questions, feel free to give your vet a call and book in a time to discuss your cat’s health.