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Seems healthy but always hungry & seems to be losing weigh

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Seems healthy but always hungry & seems to be losing weight.

Dr. Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

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A senior-aged cat who is eating well, and seems hungry, but is losing weight, may have a condition where the metabolism is too fast,

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caused by an over-active thyroid gland.

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This is known as Hyperthyroidism.

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It is common in cats,

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and it is relatively simple to diagnose and to treat.

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Blood tests are needed for diagnosis,

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treatment is one of 3 options:

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Daily pills,

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A special prescription diet (very strict),

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or a one-time injection of a radioactive iodine, which destroys the excessive thyroid tissue.

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Your veterinarian can perform the blood test to diagnose this issue.

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