The endocrine system controls the creation of hormones, which are used to control various functions throughout your pet’s body. Unfortunately, sometimes hormone levels become out of balance. When that occurs, disease may result. Although some endocrine disorders are not life threatening, many can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated.
Examples of Endocrine Diseases Include:
- Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid—more common in mature cats)
- Cushing’s disease
- Addison’s disease
Symptoms of Endocrine Diseases
Many of the symptoms of endocrine diseases are general and mimic symptoms of other conditions. That is why it is important to work with veterinarians familiar with diagnosing endocrine disorders. Signs include:
- Skin changes
- Hair thinning or loss
- Weight loss
- Changes in appetite
- Increased water consumption or urination
- Vomiting or diarrhea
If you notice any of these symptoms, please be sure to mention them at your pet’s exams. If the symptoms are obvious, call us right away for an evaluation.
During routine visits, we will conduct a thorough history and physical exam. If any of the above or other medical conditions is suspected, we will advise the most appropriate route to uncover and treat any developing problems.
Lifelong Treatment for Your Pet
Once diagnosed, treatment for endocrine disorders usually involves lifelong home care. We will work with you to successfully manage your pet’s condition, including showing you how to administer medications. Our mutual goal will be to maintain a good quality of life for you and your pet.
If you have any question about pet endocrinology or your pet’s treatment, please do not hesitate to give us a call.