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Could My Cat Have Hyperthyroidism?


Being home more might have given you some more insight to your cat's daytime activities, leaving you wondering if certain behaviors are 'normal' or not. Hyperthyroidism is a common condition found in cats that are 10 years or older. Some of the most common signs are weight loss, increased appetite, increased thirst, and urination. Some of the less common symptoms are hyperactivity, diarrhea, and vomiting. Although hyperthyroidism is not life threatening, it can lead to your cat developing other medical conditions since the glands that regulate the metabolism also affects additional organs, specifically the heart. So how do they determine whether or not a cat has hyperthyroid? First, they do a physical exam and closely examine the glands to see if they are enlarged and if it is suspect, they will run some bloodwork and do a urine test. If this happens to be what is going on with your furry friend, you will be relieved to know that there is a medication for your pet that is safe and effective in treating this condition. Most veterinarians prescribe Methimazole to treat hyperthyroidism in cats. BCP Veterinary Pharmacy has been compounding this medication since they were founded 26 years ago. We have a variety of dosage forms for your cat such as Vetchews®, transdermals for topical use, and flavored liquids. So if you must give medication to your favorite feline, make sure you have it in a tasty flavor like tuna, seafood, chicken, or whatever their little heart desires!