Soxee the cat monitored regularly for hyperthyroidism
Soxee's blood tests showed his Thyroxine levels were elevated to a level above the normal range, he had high blood pressure and his kidney enzymes were mildly elevated. These changes mean that Soxee has an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). There were also changes to his kidney enzymes but these were not a major concern at the moment. Dr Andrea talked to Soxee's owner and they decided to treat his hyperthyroidism with medication and review his medication with another blood test 3 weeks later. Frequently follow up tests are required for patient who are on medication to ensure that the dose is correct or adjustments need to be made.
Now Soxee's thyroid levels are stabilised he requires blood tests and blood pressure measurement every 3 months to ensure that the medication dose is correct and in order to detect any early signs of other diseases that can occur with our senior pets. Soxee is also weighed each visit to ensure he was not losing weight as senior cats are more prone to weight loss when they are unwell.
Soxee has been in good health since his diagnosis for hyperthyroidism except for a small hiccup recently. He became unwell with an upper respiratory tract infection but after lots of TLC from his owner and antibiotics he is now on the mend and enjoying life again.