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Thyroid Hormone Deficiency in Cats



In cats, usually no treatment is required for hypothyroidism, as this condition is frequently transitory in cats. When treatment is required, it is typical for it to be a life long treatment plan. The deficient hormones are given in synthetic form, with the dosage adjusted occasionally based on your cat's individual physical condition and progress. Most clinical symptoms will resolve after a few months, but only your veterinarian can determine whether your cat's medicine dosage should be adjusted or changed.


Living and Management


Conscientious compliance with the prescribed drugs and diet is required for successful therapy. Your veterinarian will adjust the dosage of the synthetic hormones as necessary for your cat, and will also monitor the usefulness of any medications that have been prescribed. To avoid complicating the condition, do not change the type or dosage of the drug yourself, and never give anything new to your cat without first consulting with your veterinarian. This caution includes the use of herbal remedies. Diet modifications, including a reduction in fat, are recommended during the initial phase of therapy. Most cats respond well to therapy, with activity levels and mental alertness increasing significantly in a short amount of time.



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