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Hyperthyroidism - disease and treatment Owner Factsheet

Hyperthyroidism is a disease caused by an overactive thyroid gland, an organ found on either side of the windpipe at the base of the neck. This gland produces thyroid hormone which helps to regulate your cat's metabolism, or rate of bodily activity. When the thyroid gland produces too much hormone, your cat's 'internal motor' effectively goes into overdrive. Untreated this would eventually be fatal but the condition can now be successfully treated.

What causes the disease?

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What are the symptoms?

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How can my vet diagnose hyperthyroidism?

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What treatments are available?

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What is best for my cat?

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