The thyroid gland at the base of the neck produces thyroid hormone that is primarily responsible for the regulation of the body’s metabolism and other physiological processes. In hyperthyroidism, the cat’s thyroid produces excessive amounts of the hormone that can have a negative effect on the animal’s health and well-being. The condition is quite common among senior cats. Unfortunately, many pet owners are unable to have their pet checked out by a veterinarian because the onset of symptoms is gradual and generally non-specific. The presence of a benign tumor in the thyroid gland can pave the way for hyperthyroidism. The tumor stimulates the thyroid to overproduce the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. There are cases of hyperthyroidism (less than 5%) in which the tumor in the thyroid gland is malignant. Studies have shown that cats that eat from cans with pop-top covers have higher risks of developing thyroid tumors. Experts think that a substance used to seal the lids of the aluminum can is likely to blame.
Regular health and wellness checks at your vet clinic Cherry Hill, NJ are important opportunities to spot early symptoms of the disease.