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Dr. Stacey Wallach offers advice on pet thyroid problems

9:59 AM, Oct 16, 2011   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - A local veterinarian is advising pet owners on how to spot thyroid problems in dogs and cats.

Dr. Stacey Wallach, owner of Town and Country Veterinary Hospital, says hyperthyroidism is most common in cats, and hypothyroidism is most common in dogs.

If an animal has hyperthyroidism, the body's metabolism is elevated.  It can cause weight loss and an increase in appetite.  Other signs include vomiting and an unkept coat.

Hypothyroidism is an underactive metabolism.  It's spotted by weight gain and lethargy.  It can also cause thinning fur and cold intolerance.

Both conditions are diagnosed through blood tests available through veterinarians.

Treatment options include medication for hypothyroidism.  Hyperthyroidism can be treated with medication, surgery, or radiation.

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