Every body, human and animal alike, has an endocrine system which consists of glands that secrete hormones into the bloodstream to regulate the body. Endocrine diseases such as diabetes, hypo- and hyperthyroidism, and Cushing’s disease, stem from imbalances in hormone levels.
Hormone imbalances can affect your pet’s health in many ways. Although some endocrine disorders are not life threatening, many are fatal if not diagnosed and treated. Endocrine diseases develop when the body produces too much hormone (hyper- diseases) or too little hormone (hypo-diseases). The imbalance may be the result of a faulty endocrine gland or it can be caused by a tumor or other abnormal tissue that disrupts the normal production of hormones.
Most endocrine disorders are chronic diseases that need life-long care. This requires both veterinary medicine and an informed and committed pet owner. Training in giving daily insulin injections or oral hormone replacement medicine is part of our commitment to you and our patient.
Some symptoms of hormonal imbalance are:
- Skin problems, such as hair loss or recurrent infections
- Increased drinking and urinating
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Weakness and lethargy
- Excessive panting
- Increased appetite