Pet Endocrinology & Hormone Problems
Diagnosis & Treatment for Pets with Hormone Problems in Mississauga
Endocrinology is the study of hormones. Certain endocrine disorders are common with dogs and cats. These conditions are chronic medical cases, and require lifelong monitoring and treatment.
You may observe any these signs if your pet has an endocrine disease:
- Abnormal energy level
- Unusual behaviour
- Altered eating and drinking habits
- Weight loss or gain
- Abnormal urinating behaviour
- Excessive panting
- Skin disorders
Endocrine disorders are usually diagnosed through physical examination, demonstration of the above signs, and the analysis of blood and urine tests.
Hypothyroidism is often diagnosed in dogs, and indicates that the animal has low levels of circulating thyroid hormone. This is an rewarding disease to treat.
Older cats are frequently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, meaning they have high levels of circulating thyroid hormones. Hyperthyroidism is a more complicated disease, but is usually easy to cure and control with proper medical care.
Additional common endocrine problems include:
- Cushing’s Disease – hyperactive adrenal gland function
- Addison’s Disease – hypoactive adrenal gland function
- Diabetes Mellitus – chronic diabetes and high blood sugar
We are usually able to achieve excellent control of endocrine diseases with careful and lifelong monitoring by the family members. This involves simply watching for any health changes and attending regular follow‐up visits.