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Feature May 2013 Issue

Diagnosis: Feline Hyperthyroidism

This potentially lethal disease has become eminently treatable — plus there’s a new prescription diet on the market that is encouraging to experts.

A cat — especially an older cat — that displays a voracious appetite but continues to lose weight should be examined without delay by a veterinarian. It’s possible that the cat is afflicted with hyperthyroidism, a serious abnormality of the endocrine system. If hyperthyroidism persists and remains untreated, a cat can eventually become perilously emaciated, no matter how much food he eats. …

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