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Feature March 2014 Issue

Double Whammy - Chronic Kidney Disease and Hyperthyroidism

Double Whammy - Chronic Kidney Disease and Hyperthyroidism

Here’s what you should know when chronic kidney disease and hyperthyroidism happen together.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common cause of illness in cats — especially in older cats — and unfortunately the incidence is increasing. In 1990, for every 1000 cats admitted to veterinary teaching hospitals, there were 45 cases of CKD. In 2000, the number increased to 96 cases per 1000 admissions. In my feline specialty practice, CKD remains the most common illness we encounter, and the most common reason for euthanasia. …

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