Nutritional management of hyperthyroidism creating veterinary buzz
Friday, Feb 3rd, 2012
Have you ever had a cat diagnosed with hyperthyroidism? If so, you may be surprised to know there’s a brand new option for managing the condition — and it has created a lot of buzz in the veterinary world.
Hyperthyroidism is a condition where the thyroid goes on overdrive. It’s typically a condition among older cats, and the symptoms including a dramatic increase in activity along with weight-loss. Left untreated, it’s bad news.
For years there have been three option for treatment: radiation therapy, daily medication or surgery. All three have serious drawbacks from a pet-owner’s point of view. Now, veterinarians can offer a bold new approach to treatment — nutritional management.
One of the big buzzes at the recent North American Veterinary Conference was about Hill’s Prescription Diet y/d, which is a daily, low-iodine nutrition solution designed to manage hyperthyroidism in cats.
Why is it so exciting? Because food is more likely to get inside a cat every day than a pill is, and because, most of all, y/d is clinically proven to improve thyroid health in three weeks.
If your cat is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, be sure to discuss this treatment innovation with your veterinarian. It’s a game-changer.