Hyperthyroidism occurs when the body’s thyroid gland enlarges and produces too much thyroid hormone. It more commonly affects older cats. If left untreated, hyperthyroidism can lead to heart and kidney problems.
A veterinarian would recommend regular blood tests and a treatment regimen of medication, surgery or radioactive-iodine therapy to treat hyperthyroidism. The course of treatment would depend on each cat’s individual circumstances. Regular veterinary appointments are crucial to maintaining proper thyroid levels.
With vigilant veterinary care and proper treatment, a cat with hyperthyroidism can lead a normal healthy life.