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Endocrinology

Endocrinology is the study of the endocrine system and its functions. If your pet is suffering from any number of endocrine diseases or disorders, we can help them on their road to recovery.

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Overview

Humans have a system of glands that work to secrete essential hormones to help regulate the functions of the body. These glands include the thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, adrenal gland, pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, and testes. This collection of glands make up the endocrine system. Animals have a very similar endocrine system, making it easier for us to study and evaluate if a pet may be suffering from an endocrine disorder.

Why should I consider endocrinology for my pet?

The study of veterinary endocrinology can be particularly useful when managing a number of diseases and disorders including:

  • Diabetes

  • Hyperthyroidism

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Cushing’s disease

  • Addison’s disease

When glands in the endocrine system secrete either too many or too few hormones, the body will very likely be negatively impacted. Timely diagnosis and treatment can minimize the negative impact of an endocrine disorder.

When should I consider endocrinology for my pet?

Endocrine disorders can be incredibly difficult to identify by your pet’s physical symptoms alone. This is a primary reason why regular health check-ups are important for your pet’s health. Some of the physical symptoms you may notice include:

  • Sudden weight loss or gain

  • Major increase or decrease in thirst

  • Persistent panting

  • Loss of vision

  • Weakened energy levels

If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms and/or seems to be behaving unusually, request an examination and evaluation with your veterinarian.

How do you treat endocrine disorders?

We tailor each and every treatment plan to the individual condition and needs of your pet. After examination and diagnosis by your veterinarian, one or more treatments may be offered to manage the disease or disorder. If caught early, most endocrine diseases and disorders can be managed effectively by hormonal supplements or other prescription medication. If your pet’s condition is more advanced, radiotherapy or surgery may be recommended. Any questions or concerns should always be discussed with your veterinarian.