Common Ailments

 

COMMON AILMENTS IN CATS

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is an overactive thyroid gland in cats and is the most common endocrine (hormone) disorder in cats.  It mostly occurs in the middle aged cat or older. The signs of this disease tend to be  are weight loss, excessive thirst, urination and hunger, hyperactivity, vomiting or diarrhea.   Blood testing is the good way to determine if your pet has hypothyroidism.  Treatment will include anti-thyroid medication or radioactive iodine therapy.  Usually anti-thyroid meds can manage the condition.

Diabetes

Diabetes occurs in cats and can usually be controlled with diet much like people.  Insulin and other therapies can likely be used in additions to changes in their diet.  Symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst and peeing, hunger and weight loss.  Some cats have even developed a nerve condition that affects their hind limbs making it hard for them to walk and jump.   The vet can determine if your cat has this disease based on the presence of clinical signs, blood chemistry and urine analysis.  Insulin quality has improved to the point where better insulin can actually cause your cat to go into remission; thereby not requiring it any longer.

Osteoarthritis

When your pet develops osteoarthritis they may be less active, show signs of lameness and appear stiff and uncomfortable when walking or just getting up.  The best approach to deal with this disease entails a multifaceted attack including weight loss, regular controlled exercise, medical management of pain and inflammation and nutritional supplements.  Tuning forks, reiki (energy healing), healing with color as well as essential oils all can help keep your pets comfortable with this disease.Cat at the vet

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