Thyroid-related diseases such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism generally require lifelong treatment with prescription pet medications. The differences between the two diseases are:
Hypothyroidism occurs when there is a deficiency of hormones produced by the thyroid gland; this disease is mainly common in dogs. Hyperthyroidism is mostly seen in older cats and occurs when excessive amounts of thyroid hormones are produced.
As a pet owner, it's important to notice any significant changes in your pet's behavior and appearance. Below are common symptoms for both thyroid-related diseases:
Hypothyroidism: constipation, hair loss, scaly skin, lethargy, weight gain, dull or flat hair.
Hyperthyroidism: excessive appetite, thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, rapid heartbeat, thickened nails, weight loss, unkempt appearance.
Prolonged use of thyroid-related pet medications can potentially cause damage to the liver and kidneys. As a result, our pharmacy specialists recommend including supplements to help prevent further damage including: