Veterinary Endocrinology Treats Pet Hormone Imbalances

Endocrinology is the study and treatment of your pet's endocrine system. This includes the

  • Thyroid gland
  • Adrenal glands
  • Pancreas
  • Hypothalamus and pituitary gland (hormone-secreting regions of the brain)

Your pet's endocrine system is responsible for creating the hormones, such as insulin, that control various functions in his or her body. This includes managing your pet's body temperature, regulating the appetite, and controlling metabolism, development, and sexual function.

We commonly see and treat several diseases that affect the hormonal systems of your pet including

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid diseases
  • Cushing's disease (hyperadrenocorticism)
  • Addison's disease (hypoadrenocorticism)

Early diagnosis is important. Often, a pet being either overweight or underweight is a clue that there is a problem. At each wellness exam, we will give your pet some basic blood tests that will help determine if further testing is necessary. We also monitor your dog or cat's weight, and during the exam we will discuss diet and other nutritional issues with you.

Although many endocrine problems, especially thyroid issues, are most often seen in middle-aged and senior pets, we check for them in pets of every age. Most pets' endocrine-related problems are treated with medication.

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