Hyperthyroidism in pets will cause your cat or dog to drop weight and become rather irritable at times. It will appear with a binge of hyperactivity and accelerated heartbeat and fade into an apathetic state during which the pet doesn't want to eat or play. This problem appears more frequently in cats, while dogs will usually have hypothyroidism, which is an underactive thyroid.
Vomiting and/or diarrhea
Weight loss in spite of an increase in activity
Hyperactivity followed by lethargy
Diagnosis is made with evaluation of the pet's blood. The presence or increase of thyroid hormone in the blood is the ultimate diagnostic tool.
There are several ways that your vet can treat hyperthyroidism. Unfortunately, these steps may often be unsuccessful. Today, the increased interest in natural treatment has brought about research in this area. While some natural treatments can put quite a dent in your wallet, there are those that are quite economical and can be a lot less costly than a trip to the vet and the care received there.
Natural substances used:
Eleutherococus Senticosus will aid in balancing the thyroid. It acts by slowing down hypertrophy that is caused by thyroidin. It also stimulates the metabolism.
Bugleweed. This will also inhibit the hormones that stimulate the thyroid. It will also slow the heart and cause the contractions of the heart to be more effective. It is a good aid in calming your pet.
Lemon Balm. By inhibiting the thyroid stimulating hormone receptors, it improves digestion and will assist in relaxing the pet.
GotuKola is a natural assistant to the immune system.
Hawthorn is a strong tonic for the heart and vascular system.
Skullcap is a moderate sedative that will calm your pet and stimulate kidney function. It is also a detoxicant.
Valerian relieves pain and relaxes any spasms as well as reducing inflammation.
There are products available at natural health sites on the internet. One of these products is Resthyro. It is a glycerin-based product that is administered to your pet twice daily. The shelf life of the product is six months under refrigeration.
Resthyro and any other hyperthyroid medication should not be given to pets that are lactating, pregnant or those who have hypothyroidism. Remember that only your vet can determine either hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
As with any significant changes in your pet's behavior, you need to take note of such changes, things that may cause these changes and have a good history ready for your veterinarian to assess. This will be followed by blood chemistry and complete blood counts, which will determine whether your pet has an issue with their thyroid.
You should also refrain from administering natural medications along with the prescribed medications from your vet. Although there are no known side effects, the choice as to whether you choose to treat your pet with prescription medications or by natural means is yours and should not be combined without the advice of your family veterinarian.