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Cat Thyroid

About Cat Thyroid

Cats have two thyroid glands. They are located in the neck area. Their main role is to regulate the body’s metabolic processes.

Hyperthyroidism is the overproduction of thyroid hormone. This overproduction of thyroid hormones leads to an increase in the cat’s metabolic rate. This disease is often observed in older cats.

Although the thyroid gland enlarges in hyperthyroidism, it is usually a benign or non- malignant change. Fewer than 2% of hyperthyroid cases in cats involve malignant thyroid gland tumors.

The heart is one of the organs that is mainly affected by hyperthyroidism. This is why it is important to address this disease during its early stages before long term damage can occur.


 

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