Diagnosis & Treatment for Pet Hormones, Reproduction Issues & Diabetes
Endocrinology is a branch of biology and medicine dealing with the endocrine system, its diseases, and most specifically hormones. The veterinarians of Summertree Animal & Bird Clinic are skilled this area of veterinary medicine and treat diseases and disorders associated with the endocrine system including diabetes and hypothyroidism.
Of course, the reproductive system is critically impacted by hormones, and we work closely with pet breeders in this area. We offer breeding soundness exams and reproductive consultations, as well as a variety of treatment modalities to address endocrine issues in breeding animals.
Breeders are invited to contact our clinic to discuss your pet reproduction needs.
Diabetes in Pets
Pets can develop diabetes for a variety of reasons, including stress, medications, hormonal issues, genetic problems, and obesity. This common pet health issue can cause serious problems for pets.
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas loses its ability to make insulin, the substance that regulates the pet’s glucose. Symptoms include thirst, frequent urination, abdominal discomfort, and weakness. The condition may also cause rapid formation of cataracts leading to blindness.
Our veterinarians can diagnose diabetes in pets by testing blood and urine. With a positive diagnosis, most pets will require daily insulin injections to control the disease.
Hypothyroidism in Pets
Hypothyroidism in pets can occur when the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Common symptoms of hypothyroidism in dogs include a lack of interest in activities, increased sleep, and tiring easily. These dogs may gain weight and develop intolerance to cold. Clinical symptoms include a slowing heart rate, infertility, constipation or diarrhea, and chronic skin issues.
In puppies, hypothyroidism causes slower growth rates. Some of these puppies will develop a form of dwarfism or unusual bone development. The puppy may look bug-eyed, and will likely remain underdeveloped physically and mentally. Generally, puppies with this condition do not live long.
While rare in cats, symptoms of hypothyroidism include lethargy and an increase in sleep, sometimes accompanied by obesity. These cats may suffer from constipation and skin disorders such as loss of fur and uncomfortably dry skin.
Treatment for pets is most often a daily hormone supplement, necessary for the life of the animal. Regular veterinary checkups and blood tests will be required to ensure hormone levels are correct.