Are household chemicals causing hormone issues in our pets? In us?

A note from the desk of Dr. Krome:

Over the past years I have had many conversations with clients and friends about feline Hyperthyroidism. Much of the discussion has been about how many cat patients have this disease and how we have yet to establish a definitive cause. While many articles have been written about this condition, the article from the New York Times dated May 16, 2017 does an excellent job of detailing the initial discovery of the disease, the likely causes, and the relationship to human health.

I spend quite a bit of time reading medical journals and articles and rarely find many worth sharing with clients. But this article is well written in an understandable manner, is interesting, and concerns a disease that will likely affect 10% of my feline patients and potentially many of the people who own these pets and live in the same house.

The article is present on the New York Times web site and can be accessed with this link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/magazine/the-mystery-of-the-wasting-house-cats.html?_r=0

Keep an eye out for the symptoms in your cats, and contact us/your veterinarian if you suspect your cat is suffering this disease.

Symptoms: Weight loss and increased appetite are common clinical signs of this condition. 95 to 98 percent of hyperthyroid cats suffer weight loss, yet 67 to 81 percent maintain a hearty appetite. Other symptoms to watch for include excessive thirst, increased urination, hyperactivity, unkempt appearance, panting, and diarrhea. Increased shedding has also been reported.  Vomiting is seen in about 50% of hyperthyroid cats.