Washtenaw Veterinary Hospital

Holiday Edition 2016

Focus on: Feline Hyperthyroidism

The thyroid gland produces hormones that are responsible for regulating basic bodily functions like metabolism, protein production, and red blood cell production. If it isn't working properly it can affect every system in the body. Hyperthyroidism is the most common endocrine disease in cats and occurs when the thyroid gland is continuously producing thyroid hormones. The rise in hormone levels causes the signs of disease.

This is typically a disease of older cats and most are diagnosed between 10-12 years of age. The most common signs of hyperthyroidism in cats are weight loss and a ravenous appetite. Cats can also have increased thirst, increased urination frequency, hyperactivity, increased vocalization, dull hair coat, and occasionally vomiting or diarrhea.

Usually a simple blood test is all that is needed to diagnose hyperthyroidism. Our senior wellness panel screens for hyperthyroidism and we recommend this blood panel annually for cats age 10 and over. If your cat has hyperthyroidism there are a variety of treatment options and we will work with you to create the best plan for your feline friend.

Drop Off Appointments

Did you know that WVH offers drop off appointments for annual exams? This is a great way to fit your pet's wellness visit into your busy schedule. These appointments are available for routine wellness exams on both dogs and cats and can be scheduled any time before 2pm, Monday through Friday. During your pet's stay they will have an annual exam by a doctor as well as any vaccines and blood work that are due. When you pick up your furry friend you will be given a written report card with exam results and recommendations from the doctor. If there are any concerns, the doctor will contact you directly. We are offering $10 off the exam charge for all drop off appointments during the months of December and January! Call to schedule your pet's drop off wellness exam today!
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Reminder about Fleas and Ticks

It may be too cold for our comfort but now that there is snow sticking to the ground we will hopefully get a break from these pesky parasites! Please remember to start your pet's flea and tick prevention again in the spring when the snow melts whether that's in March or May. Topical Frontline Gold and oral Nexgard are great options for your pet and both are available at our clinic all year round.