Pets can have have thyroid problems, just like us! In fact, it's one of the more common disorders in both dogs and cats. Dogs can develop a low thyroid, often as an age-related disease. Cats develop high thyroids, also as an age-related disease. Thyroid testing is recommended yearly in pets once they hit middle-age- when caught before symptoms occur, early intervention can prevent skin problems, weight changes, and heart disease associated with thyroid disease.
In dogs, the first sign of thyroid disease that is noted is typically weight gain and lethargy. That low thyroid means a low metabolism, which means your pet doesn't feel like running around at his normal pace. Some dogs will develop hair loss, skin infections, ear infections, and other health problems associated with low thyroid disease. Treatment tends to be simple, with daily or twice daily supplementation.
For cats, thyroid disease can be more life-threatening. Cats develop high thyroid disease, called hyperthyroidism, which can put their metabolism into overdrive. This causes a rapid heart rate and arrhythmias, resulting in heart disease. Their high metabolism also causes weight loss, high blood pressure, and hyperactivity. Treatment is often more complicated, as it can require special diets, daily medication, and even radiation of the thyroid gland. Catching the disease early is critical to long-term success.
Fuzzy can test your pet's thyroid, often as a part of a larger blood panel, from the comfort of your home. After the results are in- often 2-3 days- Fuzzy will help you develop a treatment plan to determine what the best course of treatment is for your pet.