There are several common endocrine or hormonal disorders found in dogs and cats.
For example, hypothyroidism – or low thyroid hormone levels – is often diagnosed in dogs.
The opposite is true for cats, which are frequently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, which is – as you might have guesed – overly high levels of circulating thyroid hormones.
There are many symptoms you might see if your pet has an endocrine disease of some type. They include (but aren’t limited to!)
- Abnormal energy levels – either high, or low, levels of activity and energy.
- Abnormal drinking, urinating, and/or eating behaviors
- Excessive panting
- Skin disorders
- Weight gain or loss
This is a photo of a patient with serious skin problems due to multiple endocrine diseases.
If your pet’s behavior, weight, or eating/drinking patterns seem abnormal to you – and note that they can change gradually – be sure to schedule an appointment to have him or her checked out. Many hormonal diseases can be managed once they’re diagnosed, adding long, happy years to your pet’s life.