Hyperthyroidism is an endocrine disorder that affects humans and animals. When the hyperthyroidism, thyroid gland is active and produces too much thyroid hormone, speeding up metabolism. The thyroid is a gland that consists of two small lobes shaped like butterflies on each side of the trachea in the neck. It produces hormones thyroid, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The primary function of these hormones is to regulate and maintain the metabolic rate of your dog which in turn affects overall health and well-being.
Another hormone called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), is produced by the pituitary gland, controls the production of thyroid hormones. The symptoms and signs of canine and feline hyperthyroidism include: * weight loss even with a growing appetite * diarrhea * vomit * heat intolerance * dry or oily skin * breathing difficulties * accompanied by urination increased water consumption * increased or decreased activity * shaking changes of behavior such as nervousness, anxiety, hypersensitivity or stress can also occur. What causes hyperthyroidism? When the thyroid gland is activated, several parts of the body may not work correctly, and your pet may experience drastic weight loss, increase in appetite, an elevated heart rate, increased activity or poor skin. Hyperthyroidism affects typically in midlife to old cats (between 4 and 22 years of age). Hyperthyroidism in dogs is rare. It is caused by a benign increase in number of cells of the thyroid. Nutritional, environmental and immunological factors can also contribute to this disorder. Diagnosis of hyperthyroidism diagnosis of hyperthyroidism in cats and dogs is based on the presented symptoms your veterinarian may feel enlarged thyroid gland.
Certain tests of diagnosis such as T4, counts from whole blood (CBC), chemistry of the serum and urinalysis be done to check thyroid levels and eliminate others conditions. In addition, tests such as the T3, free T4 and thyrotropin measurement suppression, test can also be to confirm the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism. Help for hyperthyroidism generally recommended following standard treatments for hyperthyroidism and these include radioactive iodine (I-131) medication and thiourea such as methimazole (tapazole). In more severe cases, surgery (thyroidectomy) may be required. These treatments have some adverse side effects such as damage to liver, anemia, hair loss and lethargy, and cats with this problem should be kept away from pregnant women and children. Holistic and natural remedies natural treatments may also have a beneficial effect on an active thyroid in such a way to provide symptomatic relief. Herbal and homeopathic remedies can be used safely with conventional medications without any harsh side effects. Herbs such as Chamomilla, Lycopus, and Zingiber promoting systemic balance in the endocrine system responsible for maintaining the temperature of the body, metabolism, fertility and growth. The homeopathic ingredients such as Cratageous and Nux vom support the functioning of the endocrine system and thyroid.