Hyperparathyroidism in Cats
Primary hyperparathyroidism generally requires inpatient care and surgery. Secondary hyperparathyroidism related to malnutrition or long-term (chronic) kidney disease in non-critical patients can be managed on an outpatient basis. Your veterinarian may recommend calcium supplements to stabilize the levels of calcium in the blood and intestines. Low phosphorus diets for secondary hyperparathyroidism related to long-term kidney disease may be recommended as well. Surgery is the treatment of choice for primary hyperparathyroidism and is often important in establishing the diagnosis. If a tumor is found, the best resolution is often surgical removal of the tumor. Medications will be prescribed according to the final diagnosis and treatment plan.
No strategies exist for prevention of primary hyperparathyroidism; however, secondary hyperparathyroidism related to malnutrition can be prevented by proper nutrition.
Living and Management
Postoperative low levels of calcium in the blood (hypocalcemia) is relatively common after surgical removal of one or more parathyroid glands for treatment of primary hyperparathyroidism, especially in patients with presurgical calcium concentrations greater than 14 mg/d. Your veterinarian will want to check serum calcium concentrations once or twice daily for at least one week after surgery, and will schedule your cat for regular blood tests to check the status of the kidney.
The failure of the kidneys to perform their proper functions
A gland found in the neck of humans and animals that secretes glands responsible for metabolic rate, calcitonin, and others.
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The name for four glands that are located on the top of the thyroid gland that help to regulate the amount of calcium in the blood
The windpipe; it carries air from the bronchi to the mouth
The hormone that is created from the parathyroid glands; helps to regulate the calcium level of an animal’s blood
Something with an electrical charge
Something that becomes worse or life threatening as it spreads
A condition of poor health that results from poor feeding or no feeding at all
A low level of calcium in the blood
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