Earlier this year, Dr. Mark Peterson participated in an Endocrinology course organized by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). An overview of his lecture on feline hypothyroidism was summarized by Dr. Jennifer Garcia and published in the July 2015 issue of Veterinary Medicine. To access this article online, click here.
Hypothyroidism in cats—how is it diagnosed and treated?
More cats may be affected by this disease than you think, and even cats with subclinical or mild forms may benefit from thyroid replacement therapy. In his presentation at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Small Animal Internal Medicine Endocrinology Course “Feline hypothyroidism: Current aspects on prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment,” Mark E. Peterson, DVM, DACVIM, noted that the number of cats with this disorder may be higher than we think and that many of these cats may benefit from therapy. Peterson explained that most cases of hypothyroidism in cats are iatrogenic in nature—after iodine-131 therapy, antithyroid drug therapy or thyroidectomy. Congenital and adult-onset forms of the disease occur but are considered rare.