Live webinar date: 19th December 2018 8pm

Feline hyperthyroidism: what is this and how can it be managed? Hyperthyroidism is the medical term for an over-active thyroid gland and is a condition which is estimated to affect around 10% of cats over the age of ten years. The most common clinical signs of hyperthyroidism are weight loss in spite of a normal, or even increased, appetite although other clues of this illness such as behavioural changes (irritability, hyperactivity, vocalising more – especially at night), gastrointestinal signs (vomiting, diarrhoea) and coat changes may also be seen. There are a number of treatment options including some curative possibilities (surgical removal of the thyroid or radioiodine) and reversible/long-term options such as anti-thyroid medication or an iodine-restricted food. The outlook for cats affected by this condition is usually very good. Most cats suffering from hyperthyroidism can be successfully stabilised and live for many years following diagnosis. Sarah will include some typical cases in her presentation so that listeners can learn more about this condition and how to recognise it in their cat.

Learning objectives

– What are the common and typical clinical signs of hyperthyroidism in cats
– What clues does a vet look for when examining a cat that may have hyperthyroidism
– What tests might be needed to confirm a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism
– What are the different treatment options for hyperthyroidism
– What is the long-term outlook for a cat diagnosed with hyperthyroidism

Speaker: Sarah Caney

Dr Sarah Caney, CEO of Vet Professionals has worked as a feline-only vet for more than twenty years. She is a University of Bristol graduate and also completed her feline medicine residency and PhD at this institution. Sarah has always enjoyed seeing a mixture of first opinion and referral feline medicine patients and has a particular interest in geriatric feline medicine. Sarah is internationally recognised as one of only thirteen veterinary specialists in feline medicine working in the UK. Sarah founded Vet Professionals in 2009 and has authored and co-authored a number of the Vet Professionals ‘Caring for a cat’ series of books. Sarah has published widely in prestigious international journals and has been an invited speaker to veterinary conferences around the world.